- hannahLv 61 0 年前最佳解答
The Cleverness That Saved Her Life
Once in Chile , there lived a young king who was very clever. He believed that cleverness was the most important thing in the world. He often played jokes on others and tried to outwit his advisers by asking them lots of riddles .
When the young king began to look for a wife, he set out to look for a woman just as clever as he was. He went to each village in his country and asked girls the question: “If you take very good care of a basil* plant, how many leaves will it grow?” None of the young women in the villages could answer the question, and they all went away embarrassed by their lack of cleverness.
One day the young king came to a village where a clever young woman named Carmelita lived. The king asked her the same question. Carmelita looked the king straight in the eye. “I’ll give you the answer,” she said, “as soon as you tell me how many fish there are swimming in the sea.”
The king could not answer her and was impressed by her cleverness. He came back to the village the following week to try to outwit Carmelita, but once again she was too smart for him. Then the king knew that this was the woman he wanted to marry. He asked Carmelita to be his queen. She agreed on one condition. “I’ll write down a request and seal it in an envelope,” she said. “When it is my time to die, I want you to open the envelope and grant me my last wish.” The king agreed. So Carmelita signed and sealed her request and then gave it to the king.
After they were married, the young king was often impressed by how clever Carmelita was. However, one day he became angry when Carmelita showed her cleverness in front of others. So he sentenced Carmelita to death.
Carmelita said nothing except to remind her husband that he had promised to grant her a last wish. So the king opened the envelope and read the words inside. Then he laughed, hugged his wife and canceled her sentence of death. Can you guess what Carmelita’s last request was?
- 匿名使用者6 年前
- 澍媽媽Lv 61 0 年前
Take a look at this website, there are a great many short stories you can choose from:
Here is one of them
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel are the young children of a poor woodcutter. They have an evil step-mother who convinces the father to abandon the children in the woods as there is not enough food to feed the whole family. Hansel, aware of the plan, leaves a trail of pebbles back to the house so he and his sister find their way back home. The step-mother is angry and locks the two children up for the night with only a loaf of bread and water. The next night, the woodcutter attempts the same plan again; this time Hansel leaves a trail of bread-crumbs but they get eaten by hungry birds and the two children get lost in the woods.
After wandering around, Hansel and Gretel stumble across a house made of gingerbread and other confectionery. They are very hungry and begin to eat it. It is owned by an evil old witch who lures them inside. She traps Hansel in a cage and forces Gretel to do the housework, continually sweeping the house. She feeds Hansel lots of food with the intention of eating him. Her eyesight is very bad so every day she feels his finger to see if he is fat enough, but he holds out a chicken bone instead of his real finger. Eventually the witch decides to eat him anyway and turns on the oven. Gretel comes up behind her and kicks her into it, shuts the door firmly and padlocks it. They hang around in the house for a couple of days eating the sweets and they find some valuable gold coins. Once they are convinced that the witch is completely burnt they successfully find their way home and are met by their ecstatic father. He tells them that his evil wife is dead and they are now rich because of the gold coins' value. They all live happily ever after.
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