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班纳特先生的全部家当几乎都在一宗产业上,每年可以借此获得两千磅的收入。说起这宗产业,真是他女儿们的不幸。他因为没有儿子,产业得由一个远亲来继承。 Mr. Bennet's property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation; and their mother's fortune, though ample for her situation in life, could but ill supply the deficiency of his. Her father had been an attorney in Meryton, and had left her four thousand pounds. She had a sister married to a Mr. Phillips, who had been a clerk to their father and succeeded him in the business, and a brother settled in London in a respectable line of trade. The village of Longbourn was only one mile from Meryton; a most convenient distance for the young ladies, who were usually tempted thither three or four times a week, to pay their duty to their aunt and to a milliner's shop just over the way. The two youngest of the family, Catherine and Lydia, were particularly frequent in these attentions; their minds were more vacant than their sisters', and when nothing better offered, a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning hours and furnish conversation for the evening; and however bare of news the country in general might be, they always contrived to learn some from their aunt. At present, indeed, they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighbourhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the headquarters. Article/201012/122341

Nationality is a strange thing. I don’t think it used to be. Nowadays, with globalization, people want to change their nationality. Many people from poor countries want to go to rich countries and become citizens. It’s strange because I don’t understand how your nationality can change. Even if I live in Peru for 50 years, I’m still English, even though I might have a Peruvian passport. I think people have confused feelings when they change nationalities. Their heart is still in their real country and not in the country of their new nationality. Nationality unfairly decides how successful you’ll be in life. If you’re born in a rich country, you’ll get a good education. If you’re born in a poor country, you might not even get basic human rights. Article/201106/139706

“唉,这就完了!”帽匠说,“你最不高兴人家按住它打了。如果你同它好,它会让钟表听你的话,譬如说,现在是早上九点钟,正是上学的时间,你只要悄悄地对时间说一声,钟表就会一下子转到一点半,该吃午饭了!” `Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!' `Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.' `Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it were nine o'clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you'd only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!' (`I only wish it was,' the March Hare said to itself in a whisper.) `That would be grand, certainly,' said Alice thoughtfully: `but then--I shouldn't be hungry for it, you know.' `Not at first, perhaps,' said the Hatter: `but you could keep it to half-past one as long as you liked.' `Is that the way YOU manage?' Alice asked. Article/201102/125435

Pete was in his kitchen. He was about to slice three green apples. He liked to eat fresh apples with cinnamon sprinkled on them. He opened the blinds so that he could get more sunlight into the kitchen. Now he could see what he was doing.He grabbed a knife out of a drawer. It said "Surgical Stainless USA" on the side of the blade. The blade was very thin and light. It had teeth, like a saw. The handle was a brown piece of cheap hollow plastic.He had bought this knife about 20 years ago at a county fair. It was one of those knives that were advertised on TV. It could cut through a tomato can, and then cut easily and cleanly through a fresh tomato."You never need to sharpen it. The sharp edge is guaranteed for life." That’s how they advertised it. And Pete, for once, couldn’t argue that the advertisers lied. This was a great knife.But it was also a dangerous knife. A couple of years ago, Pete was careless. He was rapidly slicing a potato and the blade got his finger. The doctor put three stitches in Pete’s finger."Next time, be more careful," the doctor said.No kidding, Pete thought. He was so careful that he didn’t use the knife for almost a year. Article/201103/129782

Fun With English 英文万花筒(一) Eddie and the Early BirdsFor hotshot Eddie, it was a bitter pill to swallow. He had been playing in a rock and roll band called the Early Birds for a few weeks. Last night, the other members of the band kicked him out. They said he was too lazy and didn't practice often enough. Also, they didn't see eye-to-eye with Eddie over the kind of music he wanted to play."We're sick and tired of your attitude," said Dude Gimbal, the band's drummer. "You keep talking about making it big, but you're not prepared to make an effort. When you came late for the practice tonight, it was the last straw. We've decided to find another guitar player."Though he was feeling blue when he woke up this morning, Eddie soon got over the setback. He decided that he would start another band and call it the Late Worms.(二)The Lion and the MouseA lion was sleeping under a tree one day when a mouse ran into him and woke him up. The lion, upset that his sleep had been disturbed, caught the mouse. The mouse was scared that the lion would kill him, so he pleaded for mercy and apologized. Seeing how scared and sorry the little mouse was, the lion let him go.Sometime later the lion got trapped in a hunter's net. He gave out a mighty roar, but he could not escape. Recognizing the lion's voice, the mouse ran over and began chewing at the net. In a few minutes the lion was freed from the net. Happy to be free again, the lion realized that his kindness had not been wasted. --based on "Aesop's Fables"MORAL: Little friends may prove great friends.(三)Help WantedThe telephone rings at the FBI headquarters."Hi, is this the FBI?" "Yes, it is. What do you want?" "I think you should know that my neighbor, Ron Spalding, is a drug dealer. He hides his drugs in his firewood."The next day, many FBI officers arrive at Spalding's house in the country. They search the storehouse where the firewood is kept, breaking every piece of wood they see. They find no drugs and swear at Mr. Spalding as they leave. A little while later the telephone rings at Spalding's house."Hey, Ron? Did the FBI come?" "Yep." "Did they chop up all your firewood?" "They sure did!" "Great! Now it's your turn to call. I need my vegetable patch plowed."(一)埃迪之往事不堪回首对自命不凡的埃迪来说,这口气可真难以下咽。他在"早起鸟儿"这个摇滚乐团已经演出好几个星期了。昨晚,乐团的其他成员把他踢出了团。他们说他太懒而且也不经常练习。对埃迪想演奏的音乐类型,他们也无法认同。"我们讨厌你的态度。"乐团的鼓手杜德·金宝说。"你总说要让乐团大红大紫,但你并不准备好好努力。今晚的练习你又迟到,我们已经对此忍无可忍了。我们决定要另找一名吉他手。"虽然埃迪今早醒来心情很郁闷,但他很快从挫败中恢复了。他决定另组一乐团,就叫它"晚起虫儿"。(二)狮子和老鼠一天,一只狮子在树下睡觉时,一只老鼠撞到了他,还把他吵醒了。狮子因睡眠被打扰而恼怒,他逮住了这只老鼠。老鼠害怕狮子把他杀掉,于是向狮子求饶道歉。看到这只小老鼠一副惊慌失措、可怜兮兮的模样,狮子把他放了。不久,这只狮子被猎人设的陷阱网住了。他发出威猛的怒吼声,却无法逃脱。老鼠听出了狮子的声音,跑过去开始咬那张网。几分钟后,狮子从网中挣脱了出来。在重获自由高兴之余,狮子认识到他的好心并没有白费。─根据《伊索寓言》故事改编寓意:微不足道的朋友可能成为了不起的朋友。(三)务到家,包您满意美国联邦调查局总部的电话响了。"喂,是联邦调查局吗?""是的。你有什么事?""我想你们应该知道我的邻居,朗恩·斯伯丁是个毒贩子。他把毒品藏在他的柴火堆里。"第二天,许多联邦调查局官员来到斯伯丁的乡下的房子。他们搜查了放柴火的储藏室,并劈开他们看到的每一根木柴。他们什么毒品都没找到,离开的时候还咒骂了斯伯丁一顿。过了一会儿,斯伯丁家的电话响了。"喂,是朗恩吗?联邦调查局的人来过了没?" "来了。" "他们把你所有的木柴都劈好了吗?" "当然!" "太好了!现在轮到你打电话了。我的菜圃需要耕一耕。" Article/200803/28401

Jennifer and Amanda were very good friends. Now in college, they had been friends since grade school. Jennifer was the smart, intelligent one. Amanda was the fun-loving, kind of sluttish one.   One night, Amanda was chatting on the Internet while Jennifer did her calculus homework. Amanda was singing along with her head phones, and annoying Jen quite a bit.   "Shut up, Amanda. You're being annoying," Jen snapped.   "What's your problem?" Amanda asked, defensively.  "Nothing. Just... keep it down. Okay?"   "Ok, no prob," Amanda replied.  Jennifer went on doing her homework, as Amanda chatted. Suddenly, Amanda squealed with delight.   "Guess what, Jen!"   Jennifer sighed. "What?"   "David wants to meet me tomorrow night!"  "Um, who?"  "You know. My internet boyfriend?" Amanda said impatiently.  "Um. Great," replied Jennifer. Amanda, a little put out by her friend's lack of enthusiasm, signed off the Internet and decided to go to bed.   "Night, Jen."  "Mmm," replied Jennifer.  詹尼佛和阿曼达是非常好的朋友,她们的友谊从小学时候就开始了,现在又进了同一所大学。詹尼佛很聪明、机灵,而阿曼达爱出洋相,有点不拘小节。  有一天晚上詹尼佛在写微积分作业,阿曼达则是上网聊天。她一边上网一边对着耳机的话筒唱歌,詹尼佛让她给惹烦了。  “闭嘴,阿曼达。烦死了。”詹尼佛厉声喊道。  “怎么了?”阿曼达问,大有为自己辩护的态势。  “没什么,小点声行吗?”  “噢,好的。”阿曼达回答说。  接下来,詹尼佛接着做作业,而阿曼达继续聊着天。突然,阿曼达高兴得大叫起来。  “你猜有什么好事,珍!”  詹尼佛叹了口气,“是什么?”  “大卫明天晚上想和我见面!”  “啊?谁?”  “你知道的啊!我网上的男朋友!”阿曼达有点不耐烦。  “噢,不错,”詹尼佛回答说。听到好友有气无力的敷衍,阿曼达有点泄气,于是关了电脑准备睡觉了。  “晚安,珍。”  “恩。”詹尼佛答道。 Article/200810/54153

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