Greedy and Bragging 貪婪與吹牛

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提要
貪婪是沒有上限的,愚蠢則沒有下限,「貪得無厭」往往等同「愚不可及」,貪婪讓自己愚昧,代價可能會賠了性命;吹牛就是說謊,時間長了謊言拆穿,會喪失別人的信任,大家避之唯恐不及,結果就是孤立無援。
The Greedy Mouse
A mouse saw a basket full of corn. He wanted to eat it, so he made a small hole in the basket, squeezed in through the hole. The mouse ate a lot of corn. He felt full and content.
Now he wanted to leave, but could not come out through the small hole, no matter how hard he tried. His belly was full. He tried again and again, but all in vain.
The mouse started crying. A rabbit was passing by. It heard the mouse’s cry and asked, “Why are you crying, my friend?”
The mouse explained, “I made a small hole and came into the basket to eat the corn. Now I am not able to get out through that hole.”
The rabbit said, “It is because you ate too much. Wait till your belly shrinks.” The rabbit laughed and went away.
The mouse fell asleep in the basket. The next morning his belly had shrunk. But he wanted to eat some more corn. He forgot all about getting out of the basket. So he ate the corn and his belly was really big again.
After eating, the mouse remembered that he had to escape. But obviously, he could not. So he thought, “Oh! Now I will go out tomorrow.”
The cat was the next passerby. He smelt the mouse in the basket. He lifted its lid and caught the big-belly mouse single-handed.
The Bragging Monkey
Long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship. One of them brought a pet monkey along for the long journey.
When they were far out at sea, a terrible storm overturned their ship. Everyone fell into the sea, and the monkey was sure that he would drown. Suddenly a dolphin appeared and picked him up.
They soon reached the island and the monkey came down from the dolphin’s back. The dolphin asked the monkey, “Do you know this place?”
The monkey replied with a lie, “Yes, I do. In fact, the king of the island is my best friend. Do you know that I am actually a prince?”
Knowing that no one lived on the island, the dolphin said, “Well, well, so you are a prince! Now you can be a king!” The monkey anxiously asked, “How can I be a king?”
As the dolphin started swimming away and said, “That is easy. As you are the only creature on this island, you will naturally be the king!” Those who lie and boast may surely end up in trouble.
解說
貪婪的老鼠
一隻老鼠看見一個裝滿玉米的籃子。他想吃,於是在籃子裡挖了個小洞,從洞裡擠進去。吃了很多玉米的老鼠,感到充實而且滿足。
現在牠想離開,但無論多麼努力嘗試艱難,都無法通過小洞出來。老鼠的肚子裝滿了玉米。牠一次又一次地嘗試,但都是徒勞。
老鼠開始哭泣。一隻兔子正巧經過,牠聽到老鼠的哭喊,問道:「你哭什麼呢,朋友?」
老鼠解釋:「我弄了一個小洞,鑽進入籃子吃玉米,但現在我沒法子從那個洞裡出來了。」
兔子說:「那是因為你吃得太多,等你的肚子消化後就會縮小了。」兔子笑著走開了。
老鼠在籃子裡等著睡著了。第二天早晨,牠的肚子果然縮小,但他想吃更多的玉米,把該從籃子出去的事忘得一乾二淨。所以牠又吃玉米,把肚子吃得更大。
吃完後,老鼠想起必須逃離籃子,但顯然又出不去了。所以牠想:「哦,那我等到明天再出去好了。」
這回過路籃子的是隻貓,牠聞到籃子裡的老鼠味,於是掀起蓋子,一把就逮住動彈不得、肚子鼓鼓的老鼠。
吹牛的猴子
很久以前,一群水手搭乘在他們的帆船出海。其中一人為這段長途旅程帶了一隻猴子當寵物解悶。
當他們遠航在海上時,一場可怕的風暴吹翻了他們的船。 每個人都墜入海中,猴子原本肯定自己會淹死。一隻海豚突然出現並把牠頂出水面。
牠們很快就到了一座島上,猴子從海豚的背上下來。海豚問牠:「你知道自己在什麼地方嗎?」
猴子用謊話回答:「是的,我知道,島上的國王是我的好朋友,你可知道,我其實是一個王子嗎?」
明知島上沒人住的海豚說:「好啊好啊,你是個王子,現在你可以當國王了!」猴子焦急地問:「我怎麼能成為國王呢?」
海豚邊游開邊說:「簡單呀,因為你是這個島上唯一的生物,你自然而然就是國王啦!」撒謊、吹牛的人,果然會讓自己陷入困境。

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