I was on my way to the Taiyetos Mountains. The sun was setting when my car 31 (break) down near a remote and poor village. Cursing my misfortune, I was wondering where I was going to spend the night when I realized that the villagers who had gathered around me were arguing as to 32 should have the honor of receiving me 33 a guest in their house. Finally, I accepted the offer of an old woman who lived alone in a little house. While she was getting me 34 (settle) into a tiny but clean room, the head of the village was tying up his horse to my car to pull it to 35 small town some 20 kilometers away 36 there was a garage.
I had noticed three hens running free in my hostess's courtyard and that night one of them ended up in a dish on my table. 37 villagers brought me goat's cheese and hone. We drank together and talked 38 (merry) till far into the night.
When the time came for me to say goodbye to my friends in the village, I wanted to reward the old woman 39 the trouble I had caused 40 .
Chinese proverbs are rich and they are still widely used in Chinese people’s daily life. 31 these proverbs there are often interesting stories. For example, the proverb, “plucking up a crop 32 (help) it grow”, is based on the following story.
It is said that a short-tempered man in the Song Dynasty (960—1279) was very anxious to help 33 rice crop grow up quickly. He was thinking about 34 day and night. But the crop was growing much slower than he expected.
One day, he came up with an idea 35 he would pluck up all of his crop a few inches. He did so the next day.
He was very tired 36 doing this for a whole day, 37 he felt very happy since the crop did “grow” 38 (high).
His son heard about this and went to see the crop. Unfortunately the leaves of the crop began to wither.
This proverb is saying we have to let things go in their 39 (nature) course. Being too anxious to help an event develop often 40 (result) in the contrary to our intention.
Jane was walking round the department store. She remembered how difficult _31_ was to choose a suitable Christmas present for her father. She wished that he was as easy _32_ （please）as her mother，who was always delighted with perfume.
Besides，shopping at this time of the year was not _33 _ pleasant experience: people stepped on your feet or _34_ （push）you with their elbows（肘部），hurrying ahead to get to a bargain.
Jane paused in front of a counter _35_ some attractive ties were on display. “They are real silk，”the assistant tried to attract her. “Worth double the price.” But Jane knew from past experience that her _36_ （choose）of ties hardly ever pleased her father.
Jane stopped where a small crowd of men had gathered. She found some good quality pipes _37_ sale. She did not hesitate for long: although her father smoked a pipe only once in a while， she knew that this was a present which was bound to please _38 _.
When Jane got home，with her small but well-chosen present in her bag，her parents were already _39______ table having supper. Her mother was excited. “Your father has at last decided to stop smoking,” Jane _40______（inform）.
A young man, while traveling through a desert, came across a spring of clear water．__31____water was sweet．He filled his leather container so that he could bring some back to elder __32____ had been his teacher．After a four-day journey, the young man___33___（present） the water to the old man．His teacher took a deep drink,smiled___34_____（warm）, and thanked his student very much for the sweet water．The young man went home ____35______a happy heart．
After the student left, the teacher let __36___student taste the water．He spit it out, __37___（say） it was awful．Apparently, it was no longer fresh because of the old leather container．He asked his teacher,” Sir, the water was awful．Why did you pretend to like ___38_ ___?”
The teacher replied,” You tasted the water．I tasted the gift．The water was simply the container for an act of kindness and love．Nothing could be ___39_ __ （sweet）．”
We understand this lesson best ____40___ we receive gifts of love from children．Whether it is a cheap pipe on a diamond necklace, the proper response is appreciation．We love the idea within the gift rather than the thing．
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