曼联和沃特福德: 沃特福德vs南安普顿

英語PK臺 第1038期:《傘》莫泊桑筆下愛錢如命的守財婦

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1. Mme. Oreille was a very economical woman; to the point that even her husband was hardly allowed any pocket money. Although they were very comfortably off, it really pained Mme. Oreille to see any money spent. Whenever she had to spend anything, no matter how necessary it might be, she slept badly the next night. Her husband, Mr. Oreille, was continually saying to his wife: “You really need to be more liberal, we never get to enjoy our income.” “It is better to have too much than too little.” She used to reply to that. She was a little woman of about forty, very active, wrinkled, very neat and tidy, and with a very short temper. 


2. Mr. Oreille frequently complained about his wife. For two years he had always come to his office with the same old patched umbrella, to the great amusement of his colleagues. At last he got so tired of their jokes that he insisted upon his wife buying him a new one, a good silk one, for twenty francs, and to bring him the bill, so that he could see that its quality was all right. She bought him one for eighteen francs, and said, getting red with anger as she gave it to her husband: “This will last you for five years at least.” Mr. Oreille felt quite triumphant1, and received a small ovation2 at the office with his new acquisition. His colleagues were even jealous of him! 


3. When he went home in the evening his wife said to him: “You must take care of your umbrella well, for I shall not buy you a new one.” She took it to put it away safe, but suddenly was dumfounded with rage; in the middle of the silk there was a hole! “What is that?” she screamed. Her husband replied quietly, without looking at it: “What do you mean?” “You—you—have—burned—your umbrella!” “What are you talking about? I have done nothing, I swear. I don't know what is the matter with the umbrella.” “You have been playing tricks with it at the office, to show it off!” she screamed. “I only opened it once, to let them see what a nice one it was, that is all, I swear.” But she shook with rage. 


4. After hours of arguing, she mended it with a piece of silk cut out of the old umbrella, which was of a different colour. The next day Mr. Oreille went off with the mended article in his hand. He put it into a cupboard, and thought no more of it. But he had barely got home that evening when his wife took the umbrella from him, opened it, and the disaster that followed was immense. The umbrella was covered with small holes! 


5. After seeing this, she threw the useless umbrella at his head, screaming out in rage: “Oh! you brute3! you brute! You did it on purpose, but I will pay you out for it. You shall not have another.” She was outraged4 he rest of the evening and refused to speak to her husband until he left for work the next day. Left by herself, Mme. Oreille could not get over the loss of her eighteen francs by any means. 


6. She tried not to think of it anymore, and yet the thought of the loss struck her painfully. So she decided5: “I will go to the fire insurance company, to get a reimbursement6, and we will see what will happen.” At the Insurance building, she found herself in a large room where three solemn gentlemen in suits were talking. One of them asked her: “What do you want, Madame?” She, nervous, could hardly get out her words, but stammered7: “I have come—I have come on account of an accident, something— “. “ 


7. She could scarcely speak, as she knew she was not going to tell the entire truth, but at last she managed to say: “I have come for this.” She showed the damaged umbrella. “It cost me twenty francs,” she said, with some hesitation8. He seemed astonished. “Really! As much as that?” The second gentleman in the room, the manager, said: “Sorry, Madame, we do not sell umbrellas; we cannot undertake such kinds of repairs.” 

她幾乎說不出話來,是因 為她知道自己不能說出全部實情,但最后她還是組織好了語言:“我來就是為了這個。”她拿出了那把破傘。“我花了20法郎買它,”她說話的語氣有些猶豫。那位先生看起來非常驚訝。“真的嗎???有那么貴?”房間里的另一位先生是經理,他說:“對不起,這位太太,我們不賣雨傘。我們沒辦法幫您修它。”

8. Feeling challenged, the little woman felt her courage reviving; she was not even afraid any more, and said: “I only want you to pay me the cost of repairing it.” Both gentlemen seemed rather confused. “Really, Madame, it is such a very small matter! We are never asked to give compensation for such trivial losses.” Said the first. She got red in the face, and felt inclined to fly into a rage. 


9. “Will you kindly9 tell me how the damage was done?” the third gentleman, who maybe pitied her or maybe was scared of her, asked. She felt that she had won, and said: “Most likely a piece of the burning candle in the hall, above the umbrella holder10, had fallen between the folds and burned it. You can see how it has damaged it. —Look here, monsieurs, I do not want to make any money out of you, so I will tell you what we will do. I will take my umbrella to an umbrella maker11, who will re-cover it in good, durable12 silk, and I will bring the bill to you. Will that suit you, monsieurs?” 


10. The three men realized they had the choice between dealing13 with an outraged woman for hours or simply giving her what she wanted and continue their day in a few moments. “Perfectly, Madame; we will settle it so. Here is a note for the cashier, who will repay you whatever it costs you.” Said the manager. He gave Mme. Oreille a slip of paper, who took it, got up and went out, thanking him, for she was in a hurry to escape lest he should change his mind. She went briskly through the streets, and when she found a first-class shop she said, confidently: “I want this umbrella re-covered in silk, good silk. Use the very best and strongest you have; I don't mind what it costs.” 



1 triumphant JpQys     
  • The army made a triumphant entry into the enemy's capital.部隊勝利地進入了敵方首都。
  • There was a positively triumphant note in her voice.她的聲音里帶有一種極為得意的語氣。
2 ovation JJkxP     
  • The hero received a great ovation from the crowd. 那位英雄受到人群的熱烈歡迎。
  • The show won a standing ovation. 這場演出贏得全場起立鼓掌。
3 brute GSjya     
  • The aggressor troops are not many degrees removed from the brute.侵略軍簡直象一群野獸。
  • That dog is a dangerous brute.It bites people.那條狗是危險的畜牲,它咬人。
4 outraged VmHz8n     
  • Members of Parliament were outraged by the news of the assassination. 議會議員們被這暗殺的消息激怒了。
  • He was outraged by their behavior. 他們的行為使他感到憤慨。
5 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
6 reimbursement lkpzR4     
  • He received reimbursement for his travel expenses.由于出差的花費他可以得到公司的補償。
  • Which forms do I need to complete for my travel reimbursement?我需要填什么表來報我的旅費?
7 stammered 76088bc9384c91d5745fd550a9d81721     
v.結巴地說出( stammer的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • He stammered most when he was nervous. 他一緊張往往口吃。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • Barsad leaned back in his chair, and stammered, \"What do you mean?\" 巴薩往椅背上一靠,結結巴巴地說,“你是什么意思?” 來自英漢文學 - 雙城記
8 hesitation tdsz5     
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.躊躇了半天,他終于直說了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的態度有些猶豫不決。
9 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的鄰居都說她和藹可親、熱情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道陰影掠過老太太慈祥的面孔。
10 holder wc4xq     
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.擔任主席職位的人負責安排會議。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位運動員是一百碼賽跑世界紀錄的保持者。
11 maker DALxN     
  • He is a trouble maker,You must be distant with him.他是個搗蛋鬼,你不要跟他在一起。
  • A cabinet maker must be a master craftsman.家具木工必須是技藝高超的手藝人。
12 durable frox4     
  • This raincoat is made of very durable material.這件雨衣是用非常耐用的料子做的。
  • They frequently require more major durable purchases.他們經常需要購買耐用消費品。
13 dealing NvjzWP     
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.該商店因買賣公道而享有極高的聲譽。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的誠實的行為獲得我們的信任。
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