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读美文 背单词:Vanilla Sugar Biscuits 香草饼干

  Vanilla Sugar Biscuits

  香草饼干

  A small boy at summer camp received a large package of his favorite vanilla sugar biscuits in the mail from his mother. He ate a few then was careful to place the rest of them under his bed. The next day, after lunch, he went to his tent to get a delicious biscuit. He discovered that the box was gone and asked if anybody had seen them anywhere. He immediately communicated this information to his camp teacher.

  That afternoon the teacher saw another boy sitting behind a tree eating the stolen biscuits. “That young man,” he said to himself, “must be taught not to steal. Whatever it takes for him to prevent this happening again.”

  He considered a helpful, new method and had a conversation with the boy. He returned to the group and found out the boy whose biscuits had been stolen. “Billy,” he said, “I know who stole your biscuits. Will you help me teach him a lesson?”

  “Well, yes—but aren’t you going to punish him?” asked the boy rather surprised at the recent situation.

  “No, that would only make him hate you,” the teacher said without doubt. “I want you to call your mother and ask her to send you another box of biscuits.”

  The boy did as the teacher asked and a few days later received another plastic box of biscuits in the mail.

  “Now,” encouraged the teacher, “the boy who stole your biscuits is down by the lake. Go down there and share your biscuits with him.”

  “But,” the boy said understanding this with difficulty, “he’s the thief.”

  “I know. This may require some of your trust and for you to do remain patient. But perhaps you can welcome my suggestion and advice. Don’t be nervous. Try it—see what happens.”

  Half an hour later the camp teacher was glad to see the two come up the hill, arm in arm, in agreement. The boy who had stolen the biscuits was insisting on getting the other to accept his army knife as a trade for the stolen biscuits, and the other was just as honestly refusing the gift from his new friend, saying that it made no difference, a few old biscuits weren’t that important anyway, but a lifetime friendship did.