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英语励志美文精华 57

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Don't Step Out of Character

BY VIRGINIA SAL!

ON A PLANE flying from Chicago to New York, my seat companion

was a young girl who gave me a friendly smile as I sat beside her, but

whose young face showed great sadness. Hesitantly, she told me she

was on her way to the funeral of her seventeen-year-old brother, had been Wiled2 in Korea. She also told me that her only other relatives

were two brothers, both in the service, and that they had loss

their eldest3 brother in the war in Europe. I wanted to say something

to comfort her ... I felt so useless. ... All I could say was "I'm so sorry." And I thought, "Just what can I do to help bring order and

hope into the world today?" And the thought came to me, "I can

pray and my prayers will tune4 in with other sincere prayers to create

a mighty5 force for good and for peace in the world."

As a girl I was fortunate in having old-fashioned, religious parents

and I often think of the old hymn6 my good father sang so lustily as

I stood beside him in church, "I need Thee every hour As I'v

grown older my philosophy has changed in a way. I don't think of

God now as an old man with a long gray beard sitting up on a throne

I believe in a practical religion. What good is it unless I can use it that

help solve my daily problems, large or small?

I am grateful for what I consider the most worthwhile things

my life a happy marriage, a good husband, and a son and daughter

who become ininitely finer as they grow up. Success in my theatrical7

career has come second to these. However, no matter what my material blessings9 may be, I realize that my happiness must come from

within myself. I can't get back anything I don't give out. Anybody

knows a sure cure for the blues10 is to get out and do something nice for

someone else.

I have had a wonderful opportunity, on my tours with my one

woman show, to meet fine, good people in every one of the seven

hundred towns I've played. From them I know that good people predominate in every part of this country.

I love my work. I believe that laughter is a great sou! cleanser, and

I pray that my audiences may somehow be better off for having seen

my show. I believe in blessing8 everything and everybody along the

way. Sometimes I may have let stage fright and nerves rob me and

my audience of my best performance. I have failed if I haven't beforehand blessed everyone in my audience, everyone backstage, and,

when I'm working in television, radio or motion pictures, everyone

in the studio my fellow actors and the director and technicians. I

admire their courage, their goodhearted generous qualities.

What do I mean by "blessing"? Well, I first have a deep sense of

gratitude11 to an audience, and a feeling of good will and good wishes,

so that I know there is complete harmony between them and me,

and I know they will like me because I really like them that we will

tune in together.

My late brother, the great character actor and comedian12, Charles

"Chic1" Sale, said to me one time we were talking about spiritual

things and about being perfect channels for expression: "The thing

to do, kiddo, is to stay in character be God's child." And I try never

to forget this. a


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1 chic iX5zb     
n./adj.别致(的),时髦(的),讲究的
参考例句:
  • She bought a chic little hat.她买了一顶别致的小帽子。
  • The chic restaurant is patronized by many celebrities.这家时髦的饭店常有名人光顾。
2 wiled 92d1ef847c63e44eb4321f58e0c696f9     
v.引诱( wile的过去式和过去分词 );诱惑;消遣;消磨
参考例句:
  • The music wiled him from his study. 诱人的音乐使他无心学习下去。 来自辞典例句
  • The sunshine wiled me from my work. 阳光引诱我放下了工作。 来自辞典例句
3 eldest bqkx6     
adj.最年长的,最年老的
参考例句:
  • The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne.国王的长子是王位的继承人。
  • The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由长子继承。
4 tune NmnwW     
n.调子;和谐,协调;v.调音,调节,调整
参考例句:
  • He'd written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。
  • The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。
5 mighty YDWxl     
adj.强有力的;巨大的
参考例句:
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
6 hymn m4Wyw     
n.赞美诗,圣歌,颂歌
参考例句:
  • They sang a hymn of praise to God.他们唱着圣歌,赞美上帝。
  • The choir has sung only two verses of the last hymn.合唱团只唱了最后一首赞美诗的两个段落。
7 theatrical pIRzF     
adj.剧场的,演戏的;做戏似的,做作的
参考例句:
  • The final scene was dismayingly lacking in theatrical effect.最后一场缺乏戏剧效果,叫人失望。
  • She always makes some theatrical gesture.她老在做些夸张的手势。
8 blessing UxDztJ     
n.祈神赐福;祷告;祝福,祝愿
参考例句:
  • The blessing was said in Hebrew.祷告用了希伯来语。
  • A double blessing has descended upon the house.双喜临门。
9 blessings 52a399b218b9208cade790a26255db6b     
n.(上帝的)祝福( blessing的名词复数 );好事;福分;因祸得福
参考例句:
  • Afflictions are sometimes blessings in disguise. 塞翁失马,焉知非福。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We don't rely on blessings from Heaven. 我们不靠老天保佑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
10 blues blues     
n.抑郁,沮丧;布鲁斯音乐
参考例句:
  • She was in the back of a smoky bar singing the blues.她在烟雾弥漫的酒吧深处唱着布鲁斯歌曲。
  • He was in the blues on account of his failure in business.他因事业失败而意志消沉。
11 gratitude p6wyS     
adj.感激,感谢
参考例句:
  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
12 comedian jWfyW     
n.喜剧演员;滑稽演员
参考例句:
  • The comedian tickled the crowd with his jokes.喜剧演员的笑话把人们逗乐了。
  • The comedian enjoyed great popularity during the 30's.那位喜剧演员在三十年代非常走红。
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