1、Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest.
primeval /praɪˈmiːvl/ ：relating to the period when the universe or the Earth first began to exist =virgin forest
primeval rock 远古时代的石灰岩
2、It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal. ·
boa constrictor 蟒蛇，大蟒蛇
3、The grown-ups’ response, this time, was to advise me to lay aside my drawings of boa constrictors, whether from the inside or the outside, and devote myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic and grammar. ·
lay aside ：to place (something) to one side ·
She laid aside [=put aside, set aside] the book she had been reading and turned on the TV.
4、I had been disheartened by the failure of my Drawing Number One and my Drawing Number Two.
dishearten /dɪsˈhɑːt(ə)n/ 使懊恼 ·
The feeble applause disheartened us. ·些微的喝彩叫他们Anglure。Feeble a. 疲惫的
5、Whenever I met one of them who seemed to me at all clear-sighted, I tried the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One, which I have always kept. I would try to find out, so, if this was a person of true understanding.
clear-sighted ：understanding or thinking clearly; able to make good decisions and judgments
6、And as I had with me neither a mechanic nor any passengers, I set myself to attempt the difficult repairs all alone.
Set myself to attempt sth（all alone）让他们（独自一人）试著甚么事
8、I had scarcely enough drinking water to last a week. ·
scarcely /ˈskeəsli/ ：almost not or almost none 基本上不；基本上没 ——特别强调缺少
I can scarcely believe what’ s happened. ·我基本上无法坚信所出现的事。
9、I jumped to my feet, completely thunderstruck. I blinked my eyes hard. I looked carefully all around me.
thunderstruck /ˈθʌndəstrʌk/ 大吃一惊的
10、Now I stared at this sudden apparition with my eyes fairly starting out of my head in astonishment.
apparition /ˌæpəˈrɪʃn/ ：a strange image or creature that someone sees 幽灵；幻影
11、And yet my little man seemed neither to be straying uncertainly among the sands, nor to be fainting from fatigue or hunger or thirst or fear. ·
fatigue /fəˈtiːg/ (noun 名词) 疲劳
12、When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey.
13、But then I remembered how my studies had been concentrated on geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar, and I told the little chap (a little crossly, too) that I did not know how to draw.
Bill’ s such a nice chap. ·比尔是个相当不错的家伙。
15、No. This sheep is already very sickly. Make me another.
sickly /ˈsɪkli/ 多病的；不健康的
a sickly child ·多病的小孩
16、“You see yourself,” he said, “that this is not a sheep. This is a ram. It has horns.”
17、And that is how I made the acquaintance of the little prince.
18、It was from words dropped by chance that, little by little, everything was revealed to me.
19、And the little prince broke into a lovely peal of laughter, which irritated me very much.
peal ：a loud sound of laughter响亮的笑声
Her suggestion was greeted with peals of laughter. 她的建议招来的是哄堂大笑。
20、At that moment I caught a gleam of light in the impenetrable mystery of his presence.
impenetrable /ɪmˈpenɪtrəbl/ ：impossible to get into or get through无法进入的；无法穿过的
：impossible to understand无法理解的
21、And he sank into a reverie, which lasted a long time.
reverie /ˈrɛv(ə)ri/ (noun 名词) 白日梦
22、“Tie him! What a queer idea!”
queer /kwɪə/ 奇怪的
A queer thing happened. 奇怪的事出现了。
23、But that did not really surprise me much. I knew very well that in addition to the great planets – such as the Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Venus – to which we have given names, there are also hundreds of others, some of which are so small that one has a hard time seeing them through the telescope.
Jupiter /ˈdʒuːpɪtə/ 木星
Venus /ˈviːnəs/ 金星
24、When an astronomer discovers one of these he does not give it a name, but only a number. He might call it, for example, “Asteroid 325.”
astronomer /əˈstrɒnəmə/ 天文学家
asteroid /ˈastərɔɪd/ 小行星
26、But if you said to them: “The planet he came from is Asteroid B-612,” then they would be convinced, and leave you in peace from their questions.
27、Children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people.
forbearance /fɔːˈbeərəns/ ：the ability to be polite , calm , and patient in difficult situations 克制力；忍耐力；容忍力
28、But certainly, for us who understand life, figures are a matter of indifference.
29、To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend.
30、But I am not at all sure of success. One drawing goes along all right, and another has no resemblance to its subject.