Once upon a time, a man and his wife had the good fortune to have a goose which laid a golden egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough.
They imagined that if the bird must be able to lay golden eggs, its insides must be made of gold. And they thought that if they could get all that precious metal at once, they would get mighty rich very soon. So the man and his wife decided to kill the bird.
However, upon cutting the goose open, they were shocked to find that its innards were like that of any other goose!
Once upon a time从前,很久很久以前
every day每天; 天天; 日; 逐日
soon [suːn] 很快，不久
be made of用…造成
imagined [ɪˈmædʒɪn] 想象；猜想；幻想 （imagined是imagine的过去式形式）
think [θɔːt] 思维，思考,认为 （thought是think的过去式形式）
at once立刻; 立即; 同时; 一起
mighty [ˈmaɪtɪ] 强而有力的；巨大的
very soon不久; 俄; 俄顷
like that那样地; 类似地; 一概如此; 非常友好亲密