And at noon the Student opened his window and looked out.
"Why, what a wonderful piece of luck!" He cried; "here is a red rose! I have never seen any rose like it in all my life. It is so beautiful that I am sure it has a long Latin name;" and he leaned down and plucked(採摘) it.
Then he put on his hat, and ran up to the Professor』s house with the rose in his hand.
The daughter of the Professor was sitting in the doorway winding(纏繞) blue silk(絲線) on a reel(線軸), and her little dog was lying at her feet.
"You said that you would dance with me if I brought you a red rose," cried the Student. "Here is the reddest rose in all the world. You will wear it tonight next your heart, and as we dance together it will tell you how I love you."
But the girl frowned.
"I am afraid it will notgo with(與...相配) my dress," she answered; "and, besides, the Chamberlain』s nephew had sent me some real jewels, and everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers."
"Well, upon my word, you are very ungrateful," said the Student angrily; and he threw the rose onto he street, where it fell into the gutter (陰溝), and a cartwheel(大車車輪) went over it.
"Ungrateful!" said the girl. "I tell you what, you are very rude; and, after all, who are you? Only a Student. Why, I dont believe you have even got silver buckles(搭扣) to your shoes as the Chamberlain』s nephew has;" and she got up from her chair and went into the house.
"What a silly thing Love is!" said the Student as he walked away. "It is not half as useful as Logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite unpractical, and, as in this age to be practical is everything, I shall go back to Philosophy and study Metaphysics (玄學)."
So he returned to his room andpulled outa great dusty book, and began to read.