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要是每天能开怀大笑一次,人一定不会老。我想小孩子之所以总是那么新鲜,肯定和这有关 ----- 越小的孩子越容易被逗乐,瞧瞧一两岁左右的小孩,一个简单的表情、动作,能逗得他们咯咯笑半天。由此我又想到:嫁给一个总是能让你笑的人是件很不坏的事情 ----- 假如他一直有兴趣逗我乐的话。可是进一步想,假如他一直有兴趣逗我乐,那肯定是因为逗我乐使他快乐 ---- 天啦,为什么?凭什么?这个问题细推下去不会有什么令人振奋的好结果 ----- 差不多所有问题细推下去都是这样。打住,还是自己想法逗自己乐吧 ----- 这是最符合逻辑的。

昨天我读到下面这一段,乐得大笑。后来决定练练舌头,就开始读Humphrey的那一段话,想象自己用他的腔调说那一段话,结果这种练习又让我很乐了一阵子。今天想起来,又乐了一次,决定抄过来,让大家都乐一乐 ----- 或者练一练:

Today I attempted to explain the new system to Sir Humphrey,who effectively refused to listen.

Instead, he interrupted as I began, and told me that he had something to say to me that I might not like to hear. He said it as if this were something new!

As it happens, I'd left my dictaphone running, and his remarks were recorded for posterity. What he actually said to me was:' Minister, the traditional allocation of executive responsibilities has always been so determined as to liberate the Ministerial incumbent from the administrative minutiae by devolving the managerial functions to those whose experience and qualifications have better formed them for the performance of such humble offices, thereby releasing their political overlords for the more onerous duties and profound deliberations that are the inevitable concomitant of their exalted position.'

I couldn't imagine why he thought I wouldn't want to hear that. Presumably he thought it would upset me ----but how can you be upset by something you don't understand a word of?

Yet again, I begged him to express himself in plain English. This request always surprises him, as he is always under the extraordinary impression that he has done so.

Nevertheless, he thought hard for a moment and then, plainly, opted for express himself in words of one syllable.

'You are not here to run this Department.' he said.

I was somewhat taken aback. I remarked that I think I am, and the public thinks so too.

'With respect,' he said, and I restrained myself from punching him in the mouth,'you are wrong and they are wrong.'

He then went on to say that it is his job to run the Department. And that my job is to make policy, get legislation enacted and --- above all --- secure the Department's budget in Cabinet.

'Sometimes I suspect,' I said to him, ' that the budget is all you really care about.'

'It is rather important,' he answered acidly. 'If nobody cares about the budget we could end up with a Department so small that even a Minister could run it.'

试一试,每天这么练习一下,是否能把英语说的更流利一点未可知----至少对增大肺活量肯定有益。每日一练 - 书琴 - 书琴的客厅

 

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