The Direct Line to God|小天使专线

by Leigh Goldberg

This little Dutch angel is the modern world's answer to salvation.

Some 80 kilometers from Amsterdam lies the quaint town of 's-Hertogenbosch in the southern Netherlands. History and heritage are what the community is known _(1)_, until now. Located high on the historic Saint John's Cathedral is a statue that has _(2)_ a lot of attention since its unveiling in April 2011. Standing among all the other statues of crusaders, saints, and angels is one that is distinctly unique.

Nicknamed the Little Angel, the figure is not _(3)_ one would normally expect to see. Aside from the angelic wings and smile, nothing else about the statue _(4)_ the image of heaven since it's wearing jeans, has a satchel slung over one shoulder, and is chatting away on a cell phone. That's right cell phone. In fact, it even has an active mobile number to _(5)_ its piece of modern technology. The statue is the work of Dutch sculptor Ton Mooy, but the number was set up by a local couple who wanted people to be _(6)_ to call the angel.

What was originally supposed to be a joke has turned into something beyond anyone's _(7)_. The Little Angel's number has become a hotline for people of all ages. It gets about 30 calls a day from children asking innocent questions, people looking for someone to listen to them, and others who are in serious need of help. If only having God's ear could be that easy.

1.  (A) by  (B) for (C) as  (D) among

2.  (A) pulled  (B) thrown  (C) dragged (D) drawn

3.  (A) what    (B) how (C) where   (D) when

4.  (A) confines    (B) conveys (C) consumes    (D) conquers

5.  (A) cope with   (B) catch up with   (C) go with (D) get along with

6.  (A) affordable  (B) imaginable  (C) reliable    (D) able

7.  (A) descriptions    (B) sensations  (C) expectations    (D) ambitions



荷兰南方有个叫丹波斯的古朴小镇,距离阿姆斯特丹约 80 公里。这个小区以其历史和遗产而闻名至今。历史上赫赫有名的圣约翰福音大教堂上矗立着一尊雕像,自 2011 4 月落成时便倍受瞩目。矗立在其他十字军战士、圣徒和天使的雕像中,这尊雕像显得格外特别。

这尊被昵称为『小天使』的雕像,模样可不像我们一般预料中的样子。除了天使的翅膀与笑容外,这尊雕像没有其他地方传达出天堂的意像,因为祂身穿牛仔裤、小背包垂挂在肩上,而且正在用手机讲话。没错就是手机。事实上,这支现代科技的手机甚至配有一组可拨通的号码。这尊雕像出自荷兰雕塑家 Ton Mooy 之手,但手机号码却由当地一对夫妇所设立,他们想让人们能够打电话给小天使。

原本这项行动只该是个玩笑,但结果却变成出乎大众预料的事。小天使的号码成为老老少少的热线电话。祂每天收到约 30 通电话,有小朋友打来询问天真的问题,有些人打来希望有人能倾听他们的心声,还有其他急需帮助的人打来寻求协助。但愿获得上帝的垂听有那么容易就好了。

答案:    B   D   A   B   C  D   C

丹波斯当地一对夫妇心血来潮,在这尊天使像于 2011 4 月落成后不久,配上了手机号码,还特意为小天使制作了名片,在附近酒吧、餐馆和饭店等地分发,果然吸引许多人拨打天使热线。由于两人担心身份暴露后粉丝们的兴趣会大大降低,所以这对夫妇在接受采访时并不肯透露真名。



The Direct Line to God|小天使专线