The Snow Man
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Once upon a time...
'How astonishingly cold it is! My body is cracking all over!' said the Snow-man. 'The wind is really cutting one's very life out! And how that fiery1 thing up there glares!' He meant the sun, which was just setting. 'It sha'n't make me blink, though, and I shall keep quite cool and collected.'

Instead of eyes he had two large three-cornered pieces of slate2 in his head; his mouth consisted of an old rake, so that he had teeth as well.

He was born amidst the shouts and laughter of the boys, and greeted by the jingling3 bells and cracking whips of the sledges4.

The sun went down, the full moon rose, large, round, clear and beautiful, in the dark blue sky.

'There it is again on the other side!' said the Snow-man, by which he meant the sun was appearing again. 'I have become quite accustomed to its glaring. I hope it will hang there and shine, so that I may be able to see myself. I wish I knew, though, how one ought to see about changing one's position. I should very much like to move about. If I only could, I would glide5 up and down the ice there, as I saw the boys doing; but somehow or other, I don't know how to run.'

'Bow-wow!' barked the old yard-dog; he was rather hoarse6 and couldn't bark very well. His hoarseness7 came on when he was a house-dog and used to lie in front of the stove. 'The sun will soon teach you to run! I saw that last winter with your predecessor8, and farther back still with his predecessors9! They have all run away!'

'I don't understand you, my friend,' said the Snow-man. 'That thing up there is to teach me to run?' He meant the moon. 'Well, it certainly did run just now, for I saw it quite plainly over there, and now here it is on this side.'

'You know nothing at all about it,' said the yard-dog. 'Why, you have only just been made. The thing you see there is the moon; the other thing you saw going down the other side was the sun. He will come up again tomorrow morning, and will soon teach you how to run away down the gutter10. The weather is going to change; I feel it already by the pain in my left hind-leg; the weather is certainly going to change.'

'I can't understand him,' said the Snow-man; 'but I have an idea that he is speaking of something unpleasant. That thing that glares so, and then disappears, the sun, as he calls it, is not my friend. I know that by instinct.'

'Bow-wow!' barked the yard-dog, and walked three times round himself, and then crept into his kennel11 to sleep. The weather really did change. Towards morning a dense12 damp fog lay over the whole neighbourhood; later on came an icy wind, which sent the frost packing. But when the sun rose, it was a glorious sight. The trees and shrubs13 were covered with rime14, and looked like a wood of coral, and every branch was thick with long white blossoms. The most delicate twigs15, which are lost among the foliage16 in summer-time, came now into prominence17, and it was like a spider's web of glistening18 white. The lady-birches waved in the wind; and when the sun shone, everything glittered and sparkled as if it were sprinkled with diamond dust, and great diamonds were lying on the snowy carpet.

'Isn't it wonderful?' exclaimed a girl who was walking with a young man in the garden. They stopped near the Snow-man, and looked at the glistening trees. 'Summer cannot show a more beautiful sight,' she said, with her eyes shining.

'And one can't get a fellow like this in summer either,' said the young man, pointing to the Snow-man. 'He's a beauty!'

The girl laughed, and nodded to the Snow-man, and then they both danced away over the snow.

'Who were those two?' asked the Snow-man of the yard-dog. 'You have been in this yard longer than I have. Do you know who they are?'

'Do I know them indeed?' answered the yard-dog. 'She has often stroked me, and he has given me bones. I don't bite either of them!'

'But what are they?' asked the Snow-man.

'Lovers!' replied the yard-dog. 'They will go into one kennel and gnaw19 the same bone!'

'Are they the same kind of beings that we are?' asked the Snow-man.

'They are our masters,' answered the yard-dog. 'Really people who have only been in the world one day know very little.' That's the conclusion I have come to. Now I have age and wisdom; I know everyone in the house, and I can remember a time when I was not lying here in a cold kennel. Bow-wow!'

'The cold is splendid,' said the Snow-man. 'Tell me some more. But don't rattle20 your chain so, it makes me crack!'

'Bow-wow!' barked the yard-dog. 'They used to say I was a pretty little fellow; then I lay in a velvet-covered chair in my master's house. My mistress used to nurse me, and kiss and fondle me, and call me her dear, sweet little Alice! But by-and-by I grew too big, and I was given to the housekeeper21, and I went into the kitchen. You can see into it from where you are standing22; you can look at the room in which I was master, for so I was when I was with the housekeeper. Of course it was a smaller place than upstairs, but it was more comfortable, for I wasn't chased about and teased by the children as I had been before. My food was just as good, or even better. I had my own pillow, and there was a stove there, which at this time of year is the most beautiful thing in the world. I used to creep right under that stove. Ah me! I often dream of that stove still! Bow-wow!'

'Is a stove so beautiful?' asked the Snow-man. 'Is it anything like me?'

'It is just the opposite of you! It is coal-black, and has a long neck with a brass23 pipe. It eats firewood, so that fire spouts24 out of its mouth. One has to keep close beside it-quite underneath25 is the nicest of all. You can see it through the window from where you are standing.'

And the Snow-man looked in that direction, and saw a smooth polished object with a brass pipe. The flicker26 from the fire reached him across the snow. The Snow-man felt wonderfully happy, and a feeling came over him which he could not express; but all those who are not snow-men know about it.

'Why did you leave her?' asked the Snow-man. He had a feeling that such a being must be a lady. 'How could you leave such a place?'

'I had to!' said the yard-dog. 'They turned me out of doors, and chained me up here. I had bitten the youngest boy in the leg, because he took away the bone I was gnawing27; a bone for a bone, I thought! But they were very angry, and from that time I have been chained here, and I have lost my voice. Don't you hear how hoarse I am? Bow-wow! I can't speak like other dogs. Bow-wow! That was the end of happiness!'

The Snow-man, however, was not listening to him any more; he was looking into the room where the housekeeper lived, where the stove stood on its four iron legs, and seemed to be just the same size as the Snow-man.

'How something is cracking inside me!' he said. 'Shall I never be able to get in there? It is certainly a very innocent wish, and our innocent wishes ought to be fulfilled. I must get there, and lean against the stove, if I have to break the window first!'

'You will never get inside there!' said the yard-dog; 'and if you were to reach the stove you would disappear. Bow-wow!'

'I'm as good as gone already!' answered the Snow-man. 'I believe I'm breaking up!'

The whole day the Snow-man looked through the window; towards dusk the room grew still more inviting28; the stove gave out a mild light, not at all like the moon or even the sun; no, as only a stove can shine, when it has something to feed upon. When the door of the room was open, it flared29 up-this was one of its peculiarities30; it flickered31 quite red upon the Snow-man's white face.

'I can't stand it any longer!' he said. 'How beautiful it looks with its tongue stretched out like that!'

It was a long night, but the Snow-man did not find it so; there he stood, wrapt in his pleasant thoughts, and they froze, so that he cracked.

Next morning the panes32 of the kitchen window were covered with ice, and the most beautiful ice-flowers that even a snow-man could desire, only they blotted33 out the stove. The window would not open; he couldn't see the stove which he thought was such a lovely lady. There was a cracking and cracking inside him and all around; there was just such a frost as a snow-man would delight in. But this Snow-man was different: how could he feel happy?

'Yours is a bad illness for a Snow-man!' said the yard-dog. 'I also suffered from it, but I have got over it. Bow-wow!' he barked. 'The weather is going to change!' he added.

The weather did change. There came a thaw34.

When this set in the Snow-man set off. He did not say anything, and he did not complain, and those are bad signs.

One morning he broke up altogether. And lo! where he had stood there remained a broomstick standing upright, round which the boys had built him!

'Ah! now I understand why he loved the stove,' said the yard-dog. 'That is the raker they use to clean out the stove! The Snow-man had a stove-raker in his body! That's what was the matter with him! And now it's all over with him! Bow-wow!'

And before long it was all over with the winter too! 'Bow-wow!' barked the hoarse yard-dog.

But the young girl sang:

Woods, your bright green garments don! Willows35, your woolly gloves put on! Lark36 and cuckoo, daily sing-- February has brought the spring! My heart joins in your song so sweet; Come out, dear sun, the world to greet!

And no one thought of the Snow-man.


1 fiery ElEye     
  • She has fiery red hair.她有一頭火紅的頭發。
  • His fiery speech agitated the crowd.他熱情洋溢的講話激動了群眾。
2 slate uEfzI     
  • The nominating committee laid its slate before the board.提名委員會把候選人名單提交全體委員會討論。
  • What kind of job uses stained wood and slate? 什么工作會接觸木頭污濁和石板呢?
3 jingling 966ec027d693bb9739d1c4843be19b9f     
  • A carriage went jingling by with some reclining figure in it. 一輛馬車叮當駛過,車上斜倚著一個人。 來自英漢文學 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Melanie did not seem to know, or care, that life was riding by with jingling spurs. 媚蘭好像并不知道,或者不關心,生活正馬刺丁當地一路駛過去了呢。
4 sledges 1d20363adfa0dc73f0640410090d5153     
n.雪橇,雪車( sledge的名詞復數 )v.乘雪橇( sledge的第三人稱單數 );用雪橇運載
  • Sledges run well over frozen snow. 雪橇在凍硬了的雪上順利滑行。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • They used picks and sledges to break the rocks. 他們用[鎬和撬]來打碎這些巖石。 來自互聯網
5 glide 2gExT     
  • We stood in silence watching the snake glide effortlessly.我們噤若寒蟬地站著,眼看那條蛇逍遙自在地游來游去。
  • So graceful was the ballerina that she just seemed to glide.那芭蕾舞女演員翩躚起舞,宛如滑翔。
6 hoarse 5dqzA     
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶啞的聲音問了我一個問題。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他過于激動,嗓子都喊啞了。
7 hoarseness lrnzRm     
n.嘶啞, 刺耳
  • His hoarseness and coughing showed that he had contracted a cold. 他嗓音嘶啞又咳嗽,這表明他患了感冒。
  • Occasionally, recurrent laryngeal nerve involvement causes hoarseness. 有時,喉返神經受累引起聲音嘶啞。
8 predecessor qP9x0     
  • It will share the fate of its predecessor.它將遭受與前者同樣的命運。
  • The new ambassador is more mature than his predecessor.新大使比他的前任更成熟一些。
9 predecessors b59b392832b9ce6825062c39c88d5147     
n.前任( predecessor的名詞復數 );前輩;(被取代的)原有事物;前身
  • The new government set about dismantling their predecessors' legislation. 新政府正著手廢除其前任所制定的法律。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Will new plan be any more acceptable than its predecessors? 新計劃比原先的計劃更能令人滿意嗎? 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
10 gutter lexxk     
  • There's a cigarette packet thrown into the gutter.陰溝里有個香煙盒。
  • He picked her out of the gutter and made her a great lady.他使她脫離貧苦生活,并成為貴婦。
11 kennel axay6     
  • Sporting dogs should be kept out of doors in a kennel.獵狗應該養在戶外的狗窩中。
  • Rescued dogs are housed in a standard kennel block.獲救的狗被裝在一個標準的犬舍里。
12 dense aONzX     
  • The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 將軍把部隊埋伏在濃密的樹林里。
  • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage. 小路被樹葉厚厚地蓋了一層。
13 shrubs b480276f8eea44e011d42320b17c3619     
灌木( shrub的名詞復數 )
  • The gardener spent a complete morning in trimming those two shrubs. 園丁花了整個上午的時間修剪那兩處灌木林。
  • These shrubs will need more light to produce flowering shoots. 這些灌木需要更多的光照才能抽出開花的新枝。
14 rime lDvye     
  • The field was covered with rime in the early morning.清晨地里覆蓋著一層白霜。
  • Coleridge contributed the famous Rime of the Ancient Mariner.柯勒律治貢獻了著名的《老水手之歌》。
15 twigs 17ff1ed5da672aa443a4f6befce8e2cb     
細枝,嫩枝( twig的名詞復數 )
  • Some birds build nests of twigs. 一些鳥用樹枝筑巢。
  • Willow twigs are pliable. 柳條很軟。
16 foliage QgnzK     
  • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage.小路被樹葉厚厚地蓋了一層。
  • Dark foliage clothes the hills.濃密的樹葉覆蓋著群山。
17 prominence a0Mzw     
  • He came to prominence during the World Cup in Italy.他在意大利的世界杯賽中聲名鵲起。
  • This young fashion designer is rising to prominence.這位年輕的時裝設計師的聲望越來越高。
18 glistening glistening     
adj.閃耀的,反光的v.濕物閃耀,閃亮( glisten的現在分詞 )
  • Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼里閃著晶瑩的淚花。
  • Her eyes were glistening with tears. 她眼睛中的淚水閃著柔和的光。 來自《用法詞典》
19 gnaw E6kyH     
  • Dogs like to gnaw on a bone.狗愛啃骨頭。
  • A rat can gnaw a hole through wood.老鼠能啃穿木頭。
20 rattle 5Alzb     
  • The baby only shook the rattle and laughed and crowed.孩子只是搖著撥浪鼓,笑著叫著。
  • She could hear the rattle of the teacups.她聽見茶具叮當響。
21 housekeeper 6q2zxl     
  • A spotless stove told us that his mother is a diligent housekeeper.爐子清潔無瑕就表明他母親是個勤勞的主婦。
  • She is an economical housekeeper and feeds her family cheaply.她節約持家,一家人吃得很省。
22 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
23 brass DWbzI     
  • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.許多工人都在工廠銅管樂隊中演奏。
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黃銅是通過銅和鋅的熔合而成的。
24 spouts f7ccfb2e8ce10b4523cfa3327853aee2     
n.管口( spout的名詞復數 );(噴出的)水柱;(容器的)嘴;在困難中v.(指液體)噴出( spout的第三人稱單數 );滔滔不絕地講;喋喋不休地說;噴水
  • A volcano spouts flame and lava. 火山噴出火焰和巖漿。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • The oil rushes up the tube and spouts up as a gusher. 石油會沿著鋼管上涌,如同自噴井那樣噴射出來。 來自辭典例句
25 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽車底下工作是件臟活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿著一件大衣,里面套著一條連衣裙。
26 flicker Gjxxb     
  • There was a flicker of lights coming from the abandoned house.這所廢棄的房屋中有燈光閃爍。
  • At first,the flame may be a small flicker,barely shining.開始時,光輝可能是微弱地忽隱忽現,幾乎并不燦爛。
27 gnawing GsWzWk     
  • The dog was gnawing a bone. 那狗在啃骨頭。
  • These doubts had been gnawing at him for some time. 這些疑慮已經折磨他一段時間了。
28 inviting CqIzNp     
  • An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股誘人的咖啡香味飄進了房間。
  • The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.這間廚房的味道溫暖誘人,使人感到親切溫馨。
29 Flared Flared     
adj. 端部張開的, 爆發的, 加寬的, 漏斗式的 動詞flare的過去式和過去分詞
  • The match flared and went out. 火柴閃亮了一下就熄了。
  • The fire flared up when we thought it was out. 我們以為火已經熄滅,但它突然又燃燒起來。
30 peculiarities 84444218acb57e9321fbad3dc6b368be     
n. 特質, 特性, 怪癖, 古怪
  • the cultural peculiarities of the English 英國人的文化特點
  • He used to mimic speech peculiarities of another. 他過去總是模仿別人講話的特點。
31 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指燈光)閃爍,搖曳( flicker的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The lights flickered and went out. 燈光閃了閃就熄了。
  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 這些燈象發狂的交通燈一樣不停地閃動著。
32 panes c8bd1ed369fcd03fe15520d551ab1d48     
窗玻璃( pane的名詞復數 )
  • The sun caught the panes and flashed back at him. 陽光照到窗玻璃上,又反射到他身上。
  • The window-panes are dim with steam. 玻璃窗上蒙上了一層蒸汽。
33 blotted 06046c4f802cf2d785ce6e085eb5f0d7     
涂污( blot的過去式和過去分詞 ); (用吸墨紙)吸干
  • She blotted water off the table with a towel. 她用毛巾擦干桌上的水。
  • The blizzard blotted out the sky and the land. 暴風雪鋪天蓋地而來。
34 thaw fUYz5     
  • The snow is beginning to thaw.雪已開始融化。
  • The spring thaw caused heavy flooding.春天解凍引起了洪水泛濫。
35 willows 79355ee67d20ddbc021d3e9cb3acd236     
n.柳樹( willow的名詞復數 );柳木
  • The willows along the river bank look very beautiful. 河岸邊的柳樹很美。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Willows are planted on both sides of the streets. 街道兩側種著柳樹。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
36 lark r9Fza     
  • He thinks it cruel to confine a lark in a cage.他認為把云雀關在籠子里太殘忍了。
  • She lived in the village with her grandparents as cheerful as a lark.她同祖父母一起住在鄉間非?旎。
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