|107. The Milk woman And Her Pail|
A Farmer's daughter was carrying
her pail of milk from the field to the farm-house, when she felt amusing. "The money for which this milk will be sold, will buy at least three hundred eggs. The eggs, allowing for all mishaps, will produce two hundred
and fifty chickens. The chickens will become ready for the market when poultry will fetch the highest price; so that by the end of the year I shall have money enough from the perquisites that will fall to my share, to buy a new gown. In this dress I will go to the Christmas junketing, when all the young fellows will propose to me, but I will toss my head, and refuse them every one." At this moment she tossed her head in unison with her thoughts, when d
own fell the Milk-pail to the ground, and all her imaginary schemes perished in a moment.
一位农家姑娘，头顶着一桶牛奶，从田野里回到田庄上，她忽然胡思乱想起来。 「这桶牛奶所卖的钱，至少可以购买三百个鸡蛋。 这些鸡蛋，就算除去意外的损失，还是可孵得两百五十只小鸡。 等到家禽价格涨到最高时，这些小鸡便可拿去市场卖了。那么一到年底，我便有足够的钱留给自己作为赏金，这些钱足够买一件新礼服。 我穿著这件新衣，参加圣诞夜盛宴，那时所有的年轻人，都会来跟我求婚，但是我却摇摇头，全部拒绝他们。」 就在这时候，随着她的心思，真的摇起头来，同时头上的牛奶桶掉落到地上，而她那幻想中的计划，在霎那之间也完全成泡影了。