A Young Officer and an Old Soldier
A very new, young officer was at a railway station He was going to visit his mother,and he wanted to telephone her to tell her the time of his train.He looked inall his pockets,but found that he did not have the coins for the telephone, so he went outsideand looked aroundfor someone to help him.
At last an old soldier cameby, and the young officer stopped him and said,“Have you got change forten pence?”
“Wait a moment,”the old soldier answered, beginning to put his hand in his pocket.“I’ll see whetherI can help you.”
“Don’t you know how to speak toan officer?”the young man said angrily.“Nowlet’s start again Haveyou got change for ten pence?”
“No, sir,”the oldsoldier answered quickly.
一位新上任的(new)年轻军官(young officer)在火车站(railway station)候车。他要去看望(visit)他的母亲(mother)。他想打电话(want to telephone sb.)告诉(tell)母亲他的列车(train)到站的时间。但寻遍了所有的口袋(pocket)，却发现(find)他没有打电话用的硬币(coin)，于是他走到车站外面(outside)，环顾四周(look around)想找人帮忙(help)。
“等会儿(wait a moment)。”老兵回答(answer)，开始(begin)把手放(put)进口袋，“让我看看是否(whether)能帮助你。难道你不知道(know)该怎样跟一位长官说话(speak)吗？”年轻人生气地(angrily)说，“现在我们重新开始(startagain)，你有十美分的硬币吗？”
Are YouGoing to Thank Her?
Mrs. Greenhas lived nearthe park of the city for forty years. She’s veryrich and has got a lot of money.Bur she never buys something expensive for her family and always doesall the housework herself. She sweeps all the rooms every day.
Last morning,when she got up, she felt terrible After breakfast shefelt even worse Shefound some medicineandtook it. But it was useless toher and she had to go to a hospital.
The doctorlooked her over and askedherto be in hospital, but she refused and went home on foot. As soon as she got home, thetelephone rang.She hurried to answer it. It was the doctor. He told her she hadleft her purse in the hospital and a nurse had found it.
“Couldyou tell me her name,please?”askedMrs. Green.
“Of course, Mrs. Green. Are you going to thank her?”askedthe doctor.
“No,no.”Shesaid,“Myhandbagwaslost three years ago.I want to know if she found it.”
医生(doctor)给她作了检查并要求(ask)她住院，但她拒绝(refuse)了，然后步行(on foot)回家。她一(as soonas)到家，电话就响(ring)了，她赶紧(hurry)去接听电话，是医生打来的，他告诉这位女士她的钱包(purse)丢在了医院，一位护士(nurse)捡到了。
Sam and Tod
Sam had a dog.Itsname was Tod. It was very helpful,but it ate too much. So Sam didn’tlike it, and he wanted to killTod, He tied Tod in abag and put it in a small boat.He rowed the boat to the middleof abig river. Just as he threw the poor animal intothe river, the boat began to go down. BothSam and Tod fell into theriver.
Tod was able to swim,but Sam couldn’t The dog bit (咬) the rope and got out of the bag.It tried its best to swim to save Sam The man was saved, so hewas very thankfultothe dog. He did not want tokill the dog any more.From then on,he gave the dog as much food as it wanted.
萨姆有一只狗(dog)。他的名字叫托德。它很有用(helpful)，但它吃的太多(eat too much)。所以萨姆不喜欢他。萨姆想杀死(kill)托德。萨姆把托德绑(tie)在一个袋子里，把它放进一只小船(small boat)。他把船划(row)到一条大河(river)的中央(middle)。他正要(just)把这只可怜的动物(poor animal)扔(throw)下河的时候，船开始下沉，萨姆和托德两个都(both)跌入(fall into)河里。
托德能(beable to)游泳(swim)，但萨姆不会。狗把绳子(rope)咬断，从袋子里出来(getout of the bag)。它竭尽全力(tryone’s best)游过去救(save)萨姆。萨姆获救了，所以他对托德是非常感激的(thankful)．他不再(not…any more)打算杀它了。从那以后(fromthen on)，小狗想要吃多少食物(food)萨姆就给多。
In the Bar
In England,if you are under the age of eighteen,you’re not allowed to drink ina publicbar.
Mr. Thompson used togo to a bar near his house,but he never took his son,Tom, because he was too young. Then when Tom had his eighteenth birthday,Mr. Thompson tookhim to his usual bar for the first time.
They drank for half an hour, and then Mr. Thompson said to his son,“Now, Tom, I want to teach you a lesson,You must always be careful notto drink too much. And how do you know when you’ve had enough?Well, I’ll tell you. Do you see thosetwo lights at the end of the bar?When they seem to have become four,you’vehad enough and should go home.”“But, Dad,”said Tom,“I can only see one light at the end of the bar.”
在英格兰(England)，年龄在18岁以下(under the age of eighteen)的人不允许(benot allowed to do)到公众(public)酒吧里喝酒(drink)。
汤普森先生过去经常(used to)到他家附近(near)的一个酒吧喝酒，但他从不带(take)他的儿子(son)汤姆，因为(because)他还太小(tooyoung)。当汤姆过18岁生日(birthday)时，他第一次(forthe first time)带儿子去了他经常去的酒吧(hisusual bar)。
喝了半个小时(halfan hour)后，汤普森对儿子说道，“汤姆，现在我给你上一课(teachyou a lesson)。你必须(must)要小心(becareful)决不要喝太多。那怎样才能知道你是否已经喝够了(enough)呢？听着，我告诉你。你看见(see)酒吧尽头的(atthe end of)那两盏灯(light)了吗？当它们看起来(seem)已经变成(become)四盏的时候，你就喝足了，应该(should)回家(go home)了。”“可是，爸爸，”汤姆说，“我只(only)看见那儿有一盏灯呀！”
Three Black Umbrellas
Sally was a student.It was going to be her mother’s birthday. She wanted to buy her a present that would be nice and useful butnot expensive
A week before hermother’s birthday, she went shopping after a quick and simple lunch.When she had been lookingfor half an hour, she found a shop that was selling cheapumbrellas,and decided to take a black one. Her mother had lost hers the monthbefore.
She thought,“You could carrythatwhen you are wearing clothes of any color.”So she decided to buy a lovelyblack umbrella and took it back to the schoolwith her until her classeshad finished.
On her way home in the train that evening shefelt hungry because she had such a small lunch that she wentalong to the buffet car(餐车) for a sandwich and a cup of coffee.
Sally told them her mother’sumbrella was missing and she had to get off at the next station.
After the three other passengers heardthe story, they asked her for her mother’s address so that they could send the umbrella to herif somebody had taken it by mistake, and brought it back after Sally had got out ofthe train.
The next week, Sally heard from her mother.It said, “Thank you very much for your lovely presents, but why did you send me three similar black umbrellas?”
那天晚上(evening)．在她乘火车回家的路上(on her way home)，因为午餐吃的很少(have such a small lunch)．她觉得饿(hungry)．于是走进餐车，要了一份三明治(sandwich)和一杯咖啡(a cup of coffee)。
她告诉他们自己为妈妈买的伞不见了，而且下一站(next station)她就得下车了。其他的(other)三位乘客听到(hear)后，都询问她母亲的地址(address)，以便(so that)有人知道拿错了(take it by mistake)伞再拿回来(bring back)时，他们可以把伞寄(send)给她母亲。
在接下来的一周，萨莉收到她母亲的来信(hear from her mother)，上面写道，“非常感谢你送我的漂亮礼物，但你为什么寄给我三把相似的(similar)黑伞呢？”