a friend of liberality
when i was in senior grade 2, there was a girl whom i disliked. i do not know why i disliked her. she had always been friendly toward me, and had never done anything to cause me to feel the way i did about her. i was continually saying unpleasant things to her, making fun of her, and snubbing① her.
one day as i was going home from school, the girl caught up with me and said, “miss lin, our teacher, wants you to come back to the schoolhouse for a little while.” i didn＇t believe her. i just said, “do you think that i would walk back to the schoolhouse just because you told me to? you probably are just telling me that for a joke.” i walked on down the street, leaving the girl standing alone.
the net day when i got to school, miss lin asked me, “why didn＇t you come back to the schoolhouse as i asked you to?” i said, “i didn＇t know you wanted me. “miss lin sent for the girl and asked her, “did you tell su ming to come back?” the girl answered,“i＇m sorry, miss lin, but i didn＇t tell her; i couldn＇t catch up with her.”
i was surprised. i suddenly realized how pretty she was. she had long black hair andblue dark eyes. her even white teethshowed from her parted lips as she smiled at me. i felt i ought to be ashamed of myself and i found out all my faults in comparison with② her liberality③.
①snub [sn)b] v．冷落；怠慢
②in comparison [k+m＇p$ris+n] with 与……比较
③liberality [?lib+＇r$l+ti] n．慷慨；心胸宽大；大方