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英语成语故事 | Monkeys
发布时间:2021-01-04

成语故事·朝三暮四

  A man likes monkeys very much. He keeps a crowd of monkeys. These monkeys can understand the man’s words.

  In order to keep these monkeys, the man spends almost all the money. So he says to the monkeys: “ If I give you three chestnuts in the morning and four in the afternoon, what do you say?” All the monkeys don’t agree with that. They jump and yell.

  The man says: “ How about giving you four in the morning and three in the afternoon?” The monkeys are all happy.

  有一个人叫狙[jū]公,最喜欢猴子。他养了一大群猴子,那些猴子都能听懂他的话。

  狙公为了养猴子,把家产几乎花光了,后来实在供不起了,只好对猴子说:“我给你们吃栗子,每天早上给三个,晚上给四个,你们看怎么样?”猴子都不满意起来,又是跳,又是叫。

  狙公一转念头,马上改口说:“那就这么办吧。我每天早上给四个,晚上给三个,你们总该满意了吧?”猴子都高兴起来,伏在狙公跟前,伸出前爪来领他们的口粮。



注解

原指玩弄手法欺骗人。后用来比喻常常变卦,反复无常。


出自

《庄子·齐物论》:“狙公赋芧曰:‘朝三而莫(暮)四。’众狙皆怒。”


重点词汇

a crowd of:一大群

in order to:为了

spend:花费

chestnut:栗子

agree:同意


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