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New Horizon English Course 3 (Heisei 2)

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BookNew Horizon

A long, long time ago, the Greeks had interesting stories about gods, goddesses, and nymphs. Here is a story about a nymph who lived in the woods. Her name was Echo. She was very beautiful, but she had one fault. When she started talking, she never stopped. She talked and talked for hours, and all her friends became tired.

Hera, the goddess of the heavens, got angry with Echo and said to her, "You talk too much. From now on, you can only repeat the last two or three words you hear." Echo was very sad and did not come out of the woods.

One day Echo saw a handsome young man. His name was Narcissus. She fell in love with him at once. She wanted to talk to him, but she could not. She followed him sadly in the woods.
Narcissus was in love with himself and did not show any interest in others. But when he noticed the beautiful girl among the trees, he said, "Who's there?" "Who's there?" repeated Echo. "Come here!" called Narcissus. "Come here!" Echo repeated and ran toward him. She was very happy.
"Hello," said Narcissus.
"Hello," repeated Echo.
"Who are you?"
"Who are you?"
"Do you live near here?"
"Live near here?"
"Stop that!"
"Stop that!"

This went on for a few minutes. Finally Narcissus got angry and walked off. He would not speak to her any more. Echo was very sad. She threw herself down and broke into tears. Then she ran out of the woods, walked up a hill, and disappeared.
Even today people can hear Echo in the mountains.

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