after the stealing of fire,zeus became increasingly unkind to men.one day he
ordered his son hephaestus to build an image of a beautiful maiden out of clay.he then asked the gods and goddesses to award her with different kinds of gifts.a charming young lady,she was the first woman that ever lived.zeus called her pandora.because she had received from each of the gods and goddesses a gift.the gift was harmful to men.
zeus decided to send her down to men as a present. so hermes them essenger brought her to epimetheus, brother of prometheus. the greatness of her beauty touched the hearts of all who looked upon her, and epimetheus happily received her into his house. he had quite forgotten pometheus’ warning: never to accept anything from zeus.
when he was busy with teaching men the art of living, prometheus had left a bigcask in the care of epimetheus. he had warned his brother not to open the lid. pandora was a curious woman. she had been feeling very disappointed that her husband did not allow her to take a look at the contents of the cask. one day, when epimetheus was out, she lifted the lid and out it came unrest and war, plague and sickness, theft and violence, grief, sorrow, and all the other evils. the human world was hence to experience these evils. only hope stayed within the mouth of the jar and never flew out. so men always have hope within their hearts.
once, there was a fisherman. he had an ugly wife. they were poor.
one day, the fisherman caught a goldfish. but the goldfish could talk, “please let me go! i’ll reward you.”
“ok, my god?” cried the fisherman, “don’t worry. i have no wish to eat a talking fish.” so he puts it into the water.
the fisherman went home and told his wife about it. she became very angry.
“how foolish you are!” she said, “look at the hut. go back to the sea and tell the fish to give me a cottage.”
so the fisherman went down to the beach.
“what’s the matter?” asked the fish.
“my wife wants to cottage.” said the fisherman.
“don’t worry, she will have it.”
so the fisherman’s wife had her cottage.
but after a few days, she became tired of it. “tell the fish to give me a palace.” she said. then the fisherman went back to the beach again. and the fisherman’s wife had her palace.but she soon got tried of it, too. “ask the fish to be my servant, and i want to be a queen.”
this time, the fish got angry. it said nothing and swam away.
the fisherman waited and waited, but the goldfish didn’t come back. when he went home, he found his wife back in their old hut.
donny is a seven year old boy. he goes to school every day. the school is near his home.
so he goes there on foot and comes back home on time. but today, he is late.
his mother asks him, “why do you go to the headmaster’s office?”
because the teacher asks us a question in class and nobody can answer it, but i can.”
“it’s good to answer the teacher’s question.” “but the question is ‘who pours ink on my chair?’”
“ 但那个问题 ‘谁把墨水倒在我的椅子上了?’”