《青蛙王子与铁亨利 3 》
The princess began to cry because the cold frog frightened her.She did not even have enough courage to touch him,and yet,now she was supposed to let him sleep in her beautiful,clean bed.But the king gave her an angry look and said, “ It’s not proper to scorn someone who helped you when you were in trouble!”
So she picked up the frog with her two fingers, carried him upstairs,and set him down in a corner. Soon after she had got into bed,he came crawling over to her and said, “I’m tired and want to sleep as much as you do.Lift me up,or Fll tell your father! ”
This made the princess extremely angry,and after she picked him up,she threw him against the wall with all her might.
“Now you can have your rest,you nasty frog!”
However,when he fell to the ground,he was no longer a frog but a prince with kind and beautiful eyes.So,in keeping with her father’s wishes,she accepted him as her dear companion and husband, whereupon the prince told her that a wicked witch had cast a spell over him and no one could have got him out of the well except her,and now he intended to take her to his kingdom the next day. Then they fell asleep,and in the morning,when the sun woke them, a coach drawn by eight white horses came driving up.
The horses had ostrich plumes on their heads and harnesses with golden chains. At the back of the coach stood Faithful Heinrich,the young king’s servant.He had been 90 distressed when he had learned his master had been turned into a frog that he had ordered three iron bands be wrapped around his heart to keep it from bursting from grief and sadness.
But now the coach had come to bring the young king back to his kingdom,and Faithful Heinrich helped the prince and princess into it and then took his place at the back again.He was overcome by joy because his master had been saved.
When they had traveled some distance,the prince heard a crack -ing noise behind him,as if something had broken.He turned around and cried out:
“Heinrich,the coach is breaking! ” “ No,my lord,it’s really nothing but the band around my heart, for it nearly fell apart when the witch did cast her spell and made you live as a frog in a well.”
The cracking noise was heard two more times along the way,and the prince thought each time that the coach was breaking,but the noise was only the sound of the bands snapping from Faithful Heinrich’s heart,for he knew his master was safe and happy.
frighten ? vt.使惊恐，使恐慌
upstairs ? adv.往楼上
against ? ?prep.紧靠
harness ? ?n.马具