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Whenever it is possible, my dog accompanies me on a walk or ride or sail. I have had many dog friends—huge mastiffs, soft-eyed spaniels, wood-wise setters and honest, homely bull terriers. At present the lord of my affections is one of these bull terriers. He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom. My dog friends seem to understand my limitations, and always keep close beside me when I am alone. I love their affectionate ways and the eloquent wag of their tails. 只要有可能,我的狗儿都会陪我一起散步、骑车或航行。我有很多狗儿朋友——体形硕大的獒犬,长着一对温柔大眼睛的西班牙长耳犬,顽皮聪明的塞特犬和忠诚、朴实的短毛犬。目前最为我钟爱的就是其中的一只短毛犬。他有着很纯正的血统,还长着一条弯曲的尾巴和一张狗世界中最滑稽可笑的“脸”。我的狗儿朋友们好像都明白我的行动不便,所以当我一个人的时候,他们总是时刻不离我的左右。我欣赏他们的友善忠诚,他们那不停摆动的尾巴也很招人喜爱。 When a rainy day keeps me indoors, I amuse myself after the manner of other girls. I like to knit and crochet; I read in the happy-go-lucky way I love, here and there a line; or perhaps I play a game or two of checkers or chess with a friend. I have a special board on which I play these games. The squares are cut out, so that the men stand in them firmly. The black checkers are flat and the white ones curved on top. Each checker has a hole in the middle in which a brass knob can be placed to distinguish the king from the commons. The chessmen are of two sizes, the white larger than the black, so that I have no trouble in following my opponent's maneuvers by moving my hands lightly over the board after a play. The jar made by shifting the men from one hole to another tells me when it is my turn. 每当雨天把我困在家里的时候,我就会学着其他姑娘们的样子找点有趣的事干干。我喜欢用钩针做一些女红;我会以逍遥自在的方式浏览书籍,这里看一行,那里看一行;我也可能同朋友下盘跳棋或者国际象棋。我有一个专用木板棋盘,棋盘上的方格子都被重新雕琢过,这样棋子就可以稳稳地立在上面。黑色的格子是平的,白色的格子则略微凸出;每一个格子的中心位置都有一个小孔,而其中的一个带有黄铜小圆凸的格子则代表国王的位置。棋子也有两种规格,白棋比黑棋要大一些,这样我就能用手轻轻地在棋盘上摸索,辨别对手的棋路也不会有什么困难。而移动棋子时的微弱振动则提醒我出棋的先后顺序。 If I happen to be all alone and in an idle mood, I play a game of solitaire, of which I am very fond. I use playing cards marked in the upper right-hand corner with braille symbols which indicate the value of the card. If there are children around, nothing pleases me so much as to frolic with them. 如果碰巧遇到孤身一人且无所事事的情况,我就会兴致盎然地玩一局单人纸牌游戏。当然,在我使用的纸牌的右上角都印有盲文标记,以此可以表明纸牌的大小。如果有小孩子在身边,那么再没有比同他们嬉戏更让我高兴的事了。 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20171104/508277.html