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《马背上的Godiva夫人》Lady Godiva

这周我有一个作业,是要和同学们分享一幅让自己震撼的画,然后我就想到了《马背上的Godiva夫人》这幅画。这幅画是英国画家约翰柯里尔在1898年所创作,其来源于一个真实的故事。

在1040年欧洲中世纪的英国考文垂,有一个伯爵名叫麦西亚-利奥弗里克,为了筹集军费他对考文垂的市民强加重税,让老百姓们苦不堪言。伯爵的妻子Godiva夫人是个十分善良的人,她对此感到十分痛苦,她向伯爵不断求情,请求他减轻税赋。伯爵非常生气,认为她是在无理取闹。他讥讽地对Godiva夫人说:“如果你在当月最热闹的集市日里,赤身裸体地穿过考文垂市最繁华的街道,那我就给你心爱的人民减税。”到了约定的那一天,Godiva夫人脱去所有的衣物,仅仅是用头发来尽量遮掩自己赤裸的身体。她骑着一匹马,从城堡出发前往大街。而此时整个考文垂市的街道上,空无一人,所有人都留在家中,紧闭大门,连窗户都紧紧地拉上了窗帘。原来是百姓们提前得知了消息,用这种方式维护Godiva夫人的尊严并感谢她的付出。伯爵虽然对结果感到震惊,但也履行承诺,减免了人民沉重的赋税。

伯爵夫人的勇气和善良让我感动,她对人民的痛苦感同身受和为了减轻百姓的负担而勇敢地接受了伯爵的挑战,这些向我们展示了人可以通过自己的善良和付出改变社会和帮助他人。伯爵虽然对百姓强加重税,但他最后却没有责怪自己的妻子而是履行了自己的承诺,这也说明他是个有勇气面对自己错误并追求正义的人。故事中百姓们紧闭大门将窗帘紧紧拉上的行为让我感受到了人性善的力量。如果人人都能做到尊重并为他人着想,那这个世界一定会变的更美好,人们也会过的更幸福。


I have an assignment this week, which is to share a painting that shocks me with my classmates, and then I thought of the painting "Lady Godiva". This painting was created by British painter John Collier in 1898, and it comes from a true story.

In 1040, in Coventry, England in the Middle Ages in Europe, there was an earl named Mercia Leofric. In order to raise military expenses, he imposed heavy taxes on the citizens of Coventry, which made the common people miserable. Lady Godiva, the count's wife, was a very kind person, and she felt very painful about it. She pleaded with the count constantly, asking him to reduce taxes. The count was very angry, thinking she was being vexatious. He sarcastically said to Mrs. Godiva: "If you walk naked through the busiest street in Coventry City on the busiest market day of the month, then I will give you a tax cut for your beloved people." On that day, Mrs. Godiva took off all her clothes and only used her hair to cover her naked body as much as possible. She rode a horse and set off from the castle to the main street. At this time, the streets of Coventry City were empty, everyone stayed at home, the doors were closed, and even the windows were tightly closed. It turned out that the common people learned the news in advance, and used this method to maintain the dignity of Mrs. Godiva and thank her for her efforts. Although the earl was shocked by the result, he also fulfilled his promise and reduced the people's heavy taxes.

I was moved by the courage and kindness of the countess. She empathized with the suffering of the people and bravely accepted the challenge of the count in order to alleviate the burden of the people. These show us that people can change society and help others through their kindness and dedication. Although the earl imposed heavy taxes on the people, he did not blame his wife but fulfilled his promise in the end, which also shows that he is a person who has the courage to face his mistakes and pursue justice. In the story, the actions of the people closing the doors and pulling the curtains tightly made me feel the power of human kindness. If everyone can respect and consider others, the world will definitely become a better place, and people will live happier lives.

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