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《新概念英语》03 Lesson 02

2017-08-21    来源:LearnAndRecord    【      普特网校:美国外教1对1

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Lesson 02 Thirteen equals one

Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired. The big clock which used to strike the hours day and night was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.
我们教区的牧师总是为各种各样的事筹集资金。但始终未能筹足资金把教堂的钟修好。教堂的钟很大,以前不分昼夜打点报时,但很多年前遭到毁坏,从此便无声无息了。

One night, however, our vicar work up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped. Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on. In the torchlight, he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins, our local grocer.
一天夜里,我们的牧师忽然被惊醒了,大钟又在“打点”报时了!他一看表,才1点钟,可是那钟一边敲了13下才停。牧师拿着一支电筒走上钟楼想去看看究竟发生了什么事情。借着电筒光。他看见一个人,马上认出那是本地杂货店主经比尔.威尔金斯。

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'Whatever are you doing up here Bill?' asked the vicar in surprise.
“你究竟在这上面干什么,比尔?”牧师惊奇地问。

'I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill. 'I've been coming up here night after night for weeks now. You see, I was hoping to give you a surprise.'
“我想把这口钟修好,”比尔回答说。“好几个星期了,我天天夜里到钟楼上来。嗯,我是想让你大吃一惊。”

'You certainly did give me a surprise!' said the vicar. 'You've probably woken up everyone in the village as well. Still, I'm glad the bell is working again.'
“你确实使我大吃了一惊!”牧师说,“也许同时你把村里所有的人都吵醒了。不过,钟又能报时了,我还是很兴奋的。”

That's the trouble, vicar,' answered Bill. 'It's working all right, but I'm afraid that at one o'clock it will strike thirteen times and there's nothing I can do about it."
“问题就在这里,牧师,”比尔回答说。“不错,钟能报时了,但是,恐怕每到1点钟,它总要敲13下,对此我已无能为力了。”

'We'll get used to that, Bill,' said the vicar. "Thirteen is not as good as one, but it's better than nothing. Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.'
“大家慢慢就习惯了,比尔,”牧师说。“13下是不如1下好,但总比1下也不敲强。来,咱们下楼去喝杯茶吧。”

补充

strike(打点报时) =chime

chime  (铃或者时钟)敲响;报时

I heard the clock chime.
我听见钟响报时。
Eight o’clock had already chimed. 已敲过八点钟了。
The clock chimed midday.
时钟响过正午十二点。
 
chime in (with sth)
插嘴;打断谈话

He kept chiming in with his own opinions. 他不断插话发表自己的意见。
“And me!” she chimed in. “还有我!”她插嘴道。
 
chime (in) with sth (计划、主意等)与...相一致(或相似)

His opinions chimed in with the mood of the nation.                                                               
他的主张与国民的心态相他的主张相吻合。
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