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大学英语精读预备1册 lesson 3

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At a Railway Station

Once, a long time ago, I went to a railway station. I planned to take the ninth train to New York and go on a journey with a friend. Many people were on the platform and they were pushing onto the long passenger train. It was already full. I asked the man at the booing office if I could have two tickets. He answered sharply1, “no !” I felt hurt. It was important for me to have the tickets.

I found a railway official and asked him if I could have a place some where in the sleeping-car, but he said sharply, “no! you can’t .the train is full. Don’t trouble me any more.”

I felt very hurt indeed. I said to my friend, “they talked to me like this because they don’t know who I am. If they knew…” but my friend said:

Don’t be foolish. Do you think it would help you to get a seat on the train? There are no empty seats.”

I went up to the same official and said very politely that my name was Mark Twain. But he only replied:

“I told you not to trouble me any more.”

I said to my friend: “he may not have heard my name.” But my friend said that official had heard my name quite clearly, but that he didn’t care, that was all.

Just then I noticed a young porter2 in a sleeping-car was looking at me. He breathed something in the train conductor3’s ear, and the conductor came over to me, removed his cap and said very politely.

“Can I help you, sir? Do you want a place in a sleeping-car?”

“Yes , I certainly do.” I said.

The porter took our case and we got in to the sleeping-car. The porter saw that we were comfortably settled4 in our places. Then he said, “Now, is anything you want, sir?”

When the porter left I smiled at my friend and said: “well, what do you say now?”

My friend looked ashamed5.

“Well,” He said, “you were right, I’m sorry I said all those things to you on the platform. I was foolish, not you. I’m glad I came here with you.”

Just then the porter came to the door again and said:

“Oh, sir, I recognized you at once when I saw you. And I told the conductor so.”

“Really,” I said, and I gave him twice as much as I usually give to a porter. Who am I then?”

“You are Mr. McClellan, of course, the Mayor6 of New York,” he said and disappeared.

 


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1 sharply UiRziL     
adj.锐利地,急速;adv.严厉地,鲜明地
参考例句:
  • The plane dived sharply and rose again.飞机猛然俯冲而后又拉了起来。
  • Demand for personal computers has risen sharply.对个人电脑的需求急剧增长。
2 porter wOYxZ     
n.搬运工人;守门人,门房
参考例句:
  • The hotel porter will help you.旅馆的门童可以帮你的忙。
  • The porter and I looked at each other and smiled.我和脚夫微笑着你看着我,我看着你。
3 conductor lYsyj     
n.领队,指挥;售票员,列车员;导体
参考例句:
  • The conductor handed the sick man out of the bus.售票员扶病人下公共汽车。
  • Copper is a good conductor of heat.铜是热的良导体。
4 settled 4iszma     
a.固定的;稳定的
参考例句:
  • The dispute was settled without acrimony. 没有唇枪舌剑,这场纠纷就解决了。
  • a settled way of life 安定的生活方式
5 ashamed jNeyS     
adj.感到惭愧,感到害臊,因为羞耻或勉强作某事
参考例句:
  • He is ashamed to show his face at the club.他不好意思在俱乐部露脸。
  • You ought to be ashamed of your foolish behaviour.你应当为自己的愚蠢行为而感到羞耻。
6 mayor iBOxX     
n.市长
参考例句:
  • The new mayor said he would clean the city up.新市长说,他要整顿本市。
  • The mayor hurried into his office,brushing off the reporters.市长赶快走进办公室,拒不接见记者。
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