Lesson 28:Five pound too dear
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
Why was even five pounds 'too dear'?
Small boats loaded with wares sped to the great liner as she was entering the harbour. Before she had anchored, the men from the boats had climbed on board and the decks were soon covered with colourful rugs from Persia, silks from India, copper coffee pots, and beautiful handmade silverware. It was difficult not to be tempted. Many of the tourists on board had begun bargaining with the tradesmen, but I decide not to buy anything until I had disembarked.
I had no sooner got off the ship than I was assailed by a man who wanted to sell me a diamond ring. I had no intention of buying one, but I could not conceal the fact that I was impressed by the size of the diamonds. Some of them were as big as marbles. The man went to great lengths to prove that the diamonds were real. As we were walking past a shop, he held a diamond firmly against the window and made a deep impression in the glass. It took me over half an hour to get rid of him.
The next man to approach me was selling expensive pens and watches. I examined one of the pens closely. It certainly looked genuine. At the base of the gold cap, the words 'made in the U.S.A.' had been neatly inscribed. The man said that the pen was worth &10, but as a special favour, he would let me have it for &8. I shook my head and held up a finger indicating that I was willing to pay a pound. Gesticulating wildly, the man acted as if he found my offer out-rageous, but he eventually reduced the price to &3. Shrugging my shoulders, I began to walk away when, a moment later, he ran after me and thrust the pen into my hands. Though he kept throwing up his arms in despair, he readily accepted the pound I gave him. I felt especially pleased with my wonderful bargain--until I got back to the ship. No matter how hard I tried, it was im-possible to fill this beautiful pen with ink and to this day it has never written a single word !
wares n. 货物，商品anchor v. 停航下锚deck n. 甲板silverware n. 银器temptv. 吸引；引诱bargain v. 讨价还价disembark v. 下船上岸assailv. 纠缠marble n. 小玻璃球inscribev. 刻写，雕favour n. 好处，优惠gesticulate v. （讲话时）打手势outrageousadj. 出人预料的；令人不悦的thrust v. 硬塞给
1 I had no sooner got off the ship than I was assailed，我刚刚一下船就被……人纠缠住了。 no sooner… than…作“刚……就……”讲2 go to great lengths to do sth．，竭力做某事。3 get rid of，摆脱。4 as a special favour，作为一种特殊的优惠。5 throw up his arms in despair，绝望地举起双手。
1 I had no sooner got off the ship than I was assailed，我刚刚一下船就被……人纠缠住了。 no sooner… than…作“刚……就……”讲
2 go to great lengths to do sth．，竭力做某事。
3 get rid of，摆脱。
4 as a special favour，作为一种特殊的优惠。
5 throw up his arms in despair，绝望地举起双手。
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