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Lesson 16

Mary had a little lamb

玛丽有一头羔羊

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  • Lesson 16
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  • Mary had a little lamb
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  • Was Dimitri right to apologize to his neighbour? Why not?
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  • Mary and her husband Dimitri lived in the tiny village of Perachora in southern Greece.
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  • One of Mary's prize possessions was a little white lamb which her husband had given her.
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  • She kept it tied to a tree in a field during the day and went to fetch it every evening.
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  • One evening, however the lamb was missing.
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  • The rope had been cut, so it was obvious that the lamb had been stolen.
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  • When Dimitri came in from the fields, his wife told him what had happened.
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  • Dimitri at once set out to find the thief.
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  • He knew it would not prove difficult in such a small village.
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  • After telling several of his friends about the theft,
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  • Dimitri found out that his neighbour, Aleko, had suddenly acquired a new lamb.
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  • Dimitri immediately went to Aleko's house and angrily accused him of stealing the lamb.
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  • He told him he had better return it or he would call the police.
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  • Aleko denied taking it and led Dimitri into his backyard.
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  • It was true that he had just bought a lamb he explained,
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  • but his lamb was black.
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  • Ashamed of having acted so rashly, Dimitri apologized to Aleko for having accused him.
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  • While they were talking it began to rain and Dimitri stayed in Aleko's house until the rain stopped.
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  • When he went outside half an hour later,
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  • he was astonished to find that the little black lamb was almost white.
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  • Its wool, which had been dyed black,
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  • had been washed clean by the rain!
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