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在我小的时候,我因家贫而身体弱。我九岁才入学。因家贫体弱,母亲有时候想叫我去上学,又怕我受人家的欺侮,更因交不上学费,所以一直到九岁我还不识一个字。

When I was young,  because of poverty family and and bad health. I went to school until I was nigh.Because of poverty family and bad health, sometimes mother wanted ask me to go to school, but also afraid about I  will get bullied by others, more because she couldn't pay for the tuition, I didn't know a word until I was nigh.

 

说不定,我会一辈子也得不到读书的机会。因为母亲虽然知道读书的重要,可是每月间三四吊钱的学费,实在让她为难。

Maybe I will never get a chance to study. Although mother knows how important studying is, but monthly three or four ropes of money tuition fee, really haunted her.

 

 

母亲很爱我,但是假若我能去做学徒,或提篮沿街卖樱桃而每天赚几百钱,她或者就不会坚决反对。贫困比爱心更有力量。有一天刘大叔偶然地来了。我说“偶然地”,因为他不常来看我们。

Mother loves me very much, but if I can be an apprentice, or make a few hundred every day from selling cherries with a basket along the street. She might won't be strongly opposed. Poverty is more powerful than love. One day uncle Liu showed randomly. I say "randomly" because he rarely came to see us.

 

 

他是个极富的人,尽管他心中并无贫富之别,可是他的财富使他终日不得闲,几乎没有工夫来看穷朋友。一进门,他看见了我。“孩子几岁了?上学没有?”他问我的母亲。 他的声音那么洪亮,他的衣服是那么华丽,他的眼是那么亮,他的脸和手是那么白嫩肥胖,使我感到我大概是犯了什么罪。

He is a man with a lot of money, even though he didn't see the difference between poverty and wealth in his heard, but his wealth makes him busy all the time, he almost has no time to see his poor friends. He saw me, after he enter the door. "How old is this kid? Has he started school?" He asked my mother. His voice is so deep and loud, his clothes are so fancy, his eyes are so bright, his face and hands are so soft white and fat, makes me feel I am probably committed a crime.

 

 

我们的小屋,破桌凳,土炕,几乎禁不住他的声音的震动。等我母亲回答完,刘大叔马上决定:“明天早晨我来,带他上学,学钱、书籍,大姐你都不必管!”我的心跳得多高啊,谁知道上学是怎么一回事。

Our cabin, broken chairs, earth bed, could hardly resist the shake from his voice. after my mother answered, uncle Liu immediately decided: "Tomorrow morning I will come to bring him to the school. My old sister, you don't need to worry about the tuition and books!" My heart rate is so high, who knows what does to go to school mean.

 

 

第二天,我像一条不体面的小狗似的,随着这位阔人去入学。学校是一家改良私塾,就离我的家有半里多地的一座道士庙里,庙不甚大,而充满了各种气味,学生都面朝西坐着,一共三十来人,西墙上有一块黑板,这是改良私塾。

The next day, I was decadent like a puppy, flowed the rich man to the school. The school is an improved private school, a soil temple where half a mile away from my house, the temple is not very big, and full of the smell, the students are sitting facing west, a total of thirty people. There is a blackboard on the west wall. This is a modified school.

 

 

老师姓李,一位极死板而极有爱心的中年人。刘大叔和李老师“嚷”了一顿,然后叫我拜圣人及老师。老师给了我一本《地球韵言》和一本《三字经》。我于是,就变成了学生。

The teacher's surname is Li, a very rigid and very loving middle-aged. Teacher Li and uncle Liu were "shouting", and then told me to worship saints and the teacher. The teacher gave me two books named  " The rhyme of world" and a "Three Character Classic.", and then I have became a student.