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step by step 第四册 lesson 140

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Lesson 140  Kramer vs. Kramer (Ⅱ)

       (In the courtroom)
   Bailiff: Ohyeah, ohyeah! Persons having business with the Supreme1
Court State of New York, Special Term Part Ⅴ, draw nigh and you shall
be heard. This court is now in session. Judge Atkins presiding. All
rise.
   Judge: Is the attorney for the petitioner2 ready?
   Attorney 1: I am, Your Honor. As my first witness, I'd like to call
Joanna Kramer.
   Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing
but the truth you've got?
   Joanna: I do.
   Attorney 1: Now then, Mrs Kramer, would you tell the court how long
you were married?
   Joanna: Eight years.
   Attorney 1: And would you describe those years as happy?
   Joanna: The first two, yes. But after that, it became increasingly
difficult.
   Attorney 1: Mrs Kramer, did you hold a job before you were married?
   Joanna: Yes, I did. When I first got out of Smith, I worked in the
Art Department of Mademoiselle magazine for several years.
   Attorney 1: Did you continue to work after you were married?
   Joanna: No, I did not.
   Attorney 1: Did you wish to?
   Joanna: Yes. But every time I talked to Ted3, to my ex-husband, about
it, he wouldn't listen. He refused to discuss it in any serious way. I
remember once he said that I probably couldn't get a job that would
pay enough to hire a baby-sitter for Billy.
   Attorney 1: Tell me are you employed at the present time?
   Joanna: Yes, I am a sportswear designer for Zelco here in New York.
   Attorney 1: And what is your present salary?
   Joanna: I make 31,000 dollars a year.
   Attorney 1: Mrs Kramer, do you love your child?
   Joanna: Yes, I do. Very much.
   Attorney 1: And yet you chose to leave him.
   Joanna: Yes. Oh, look. During the last five years of our marriage, I
was becoming more and more unhappy, more and more troubled. And I
really needed somebody to help me. But when I turned to Ted he just
wasn't there for me. So we became more and more isolated4 from one
another, more and more separate. He was very involved in his career.
And because of his attitude towards my fears and his inability to deal
with my feelings, I had come to have almost no self-esteem. I was
scared and I was very unhappy. And in my mind I had no other choice but
to leave. At the time I left, I felt that there was something terribly
wrong with me and that my son would be better off without me. And it
was only after I got to California that I realized, after getting into
therapy, that I wasn't such a terrible person. And just because I
needed some kind of creative role and emotional outlet5 other than my
child, that didn't make me unfit to be a mother.
   Attorney 1: Your Honor, I would like to submit in evidence a report
by Mrs Kramer's, therapist Dr. Eleanor Freeman.
   Attorney 2: Objection, you honor. The report is irrelevant6 and
immaterial and not binding7 on the respondent.
   Judge: Overruled.
   Attorney 1: Mrs Kramer, can you tell the court why you are asking
for custody8?
   Joanna: Because he's my child and because I love him. I know I left
my son. I know that that's a terrible  thing to do. Believe me I have
to live with that every day of my life. But in order to leave him, I
had to believe that it was the only thing I could do, and that it was
the best thing for him. I was incapable9 of functioning in that home,
and I didn't know what the alternative was going to be. So I thought it
was not best that I take him with me. However I have since gotten some
help and I have worked very, very hard to become a whole human being.
And I don't think I should be  punished for that. And I don't think my
little boy should be punished. Billy's only seven years old. He needs
me. I am not saying that he doesn't need his father. But I really
believe he needs me more. I was his Mommy for five and a half years and
Ted took over the role for 18 months. But I don't know how anybody can
possibly believe that I have less of a stake in mothering that little
boy than Mr Kramer does. I'm his mother. I'm his mother.
   Attorney 1: Thank you, Mrs Kramer. I have no further questions.


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1 supreme PHqzc     
adj.极度的,最重要的;至高的,最高的
参考例句:
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
2 petitioner 9lOzrW     
n.请愿人
参考例句:
  • The judge awarded the costs of the case to the petitioners.法官判定由这起案件的上诉人支付诉讼费用。
  • The petitioner ask for a variation in her maintenance order.上诉人要求对她生活费的命令的条件进行变更。
3 ted 9gazhs     
vt.翻晒,撒,撒开
参考例句:
  • The invaders gut ted the village.侵略者把村中财物洗劫一空。
  • She often teds the corn when it's sunny.天好的时候她就翻晒玉米。
4 isolated bqmzTd     
adj.与世隔绝的
参考例句:
  • His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. 他的不良行为只是个别事件。
  • Patients with the disease should be isolated. 这种病的患者应予以隔离。
5 outlet ZJFxG     
n.出口/路;销路;批发商店;通风口;发泄
参考例句:
  • The outlet of a water pipe was blocked.水管的出水口堵住了。
  • Running is a good outlet for his energy.跑步是他发泄过剩精力的好方法。
6 irrelevant ZkGy6     
adj.不恰当的,无关系的,不相干的
参考例句:
  • That is completely irrelevant to the subject under discussion.这跟讨论的主题完全不相关。
  • A question about arithmetic is irrelevant in a music lesson.在音乐课上,一个数学的问题是风马牛不相及的。
7 binding 2yEzWb     
有约束力的,有效的,应遵守的
参考例句:
  • The contract was not signed and has no binding force. 合同没有签署因而没有约束力。
  • Both sides have agreed that the arbitration will be binding. 双方都赞同仲裁具有约束力。
8 custody Qntzd     
n.监护,照看,羁押,拘留
参考例句:
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
9 incapable w9ZxK     
adj.无能力的,不能做某事的
参考例句:
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不会做出这么残忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.计算机不会创造性地思维。
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