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Krystal 2016-07-30 16:34:31 发表于  [  国内考试  ]
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The 1,000,000 Bank-Note Mark Twain


I would have picked up the pear now and eaten it before all the world, but it was gone; so I had lost that by this unlucky business, and the thought of it did not soften my feeling towards those men. As soon as I was out of sight of that house I opened my envelope, and saw that it contained money! My opinion of those people changed, I can tell you! I lost not a moment, but shoved note and money into my vest pocket, and broke for the nearest cheap eating house. Well, how I did eat! When at last I couldnt hold any more, I took out my money and unfolded it, took one glimpse and nearly fainted. Five millions of dollars! Why, it made my head swim.

本来,我能把那个梨拣起来,明目张胆地吃进肚子去了,可现在那个梨已经无影无踪;就因为那倒霉的差事,把我的梨弄丢了。想到这里,我对那两个人就气不打一处来。走到看不见那所房子的地方,我打开信封一看,里边装的是钱哪!说真的,这时我对他们可是另眼相看喽!我急不可待地把信和钱往马甲兜里一塞,撒腿就朝最近的小吃店跑。好,这一顿猛吃呀!最后,肚子实在塞不下东西去了,我掏出那张钞票来展开,只扫了一眼,我就差点昏倒。五百万美元!乖乖,我懵了。

I must have sat there stunned and blinking at the note as much as a minute before I came rightly to myself again. The first thing I noticed, then, was the landlord. His eye was on the note, and he was petrified. He was worshiping, with all his body and soul, but he looked as if he couldnt stir hand or foot. I took my cue in a moment, and did the only rational thing there was to do. I reached the note towards him, and said, carelessly: "Give me the change, please."

我盯着那张大钞头晕眼花,想必足足过了一分钟才清醒过来。这时候,首先映入我眼帘的是小吃店老板。他的目光粘在大钞上,像五雷轰顶一般。他正在全心全意地祷告上帝,看来手脚都不能动弹了。我一下子有了主意,做了这时按人之常情应该做的事。我把那张大钞递到他眼前,漫不经心地说:“请找钱吧。”

Then he was restored to his normal condition, and made a thousand apologies for not being able to break the bill, and I couldnt get him to touch it. He wanted to look at it, and keep on looking at it; he couldnt seem to get enough of it to quench the thirst of his eye, but he shrank from touching it as if it had been something too sacred for poor common clay to handle. I said:

"I am sorry if it is an inconvenience, but I must insist. Please change it; I havent anything else."

他恢复了常态,连连道歉说他找不开这张大票,不论我怎么说他也不接。他心里想看,一个劲地打量那张大票;好像怎么看也饱不了眼福,可就是战战兢兢地不敢碰它,就好像凡夫俗子一接那票子上的仙气就会折了寿。我说:“不好意思,给您添麻烦了,可这事还得办哪。请您找钱吧,我没带别的票子。”

But he said that wasnt any matter; he was quite willing to let the trifle stand over till another time. I said I might not be in his neighborhood again for a good while; but he said it was of no consequence, he could wait, and, moreover, I could have anything I wanted, any time I chose, and let the account run as long as I pleased. He said he hoped he wasnt afraid to trust as rich a gentleman as I was, merely because I was of a merry disposition, and chose to play larks on the public in the matter of dress. By this time another customer was entering, and the landlord hinted to me to put the monster out of sight; then he bowed me all the way to the door, and I started straight for that house and those brothers, to correct the mistake which had been made before the police should hunt me up, and help me do it. I was pretty nervous; in fact, pretty badly frightened, though, of course, I was no way in fault; but I knew men well enough to know that when they find theyve given a tramp a million-pound bill when they thought it was a one-pounder, they are in a frantic rage against him instead of quarreling with their own near-sightedness, as they ought. As I approached the house my excitement began to abate, for all was quiet there, which made me feel pretty sure the blunder was not discovered yet. I rang. The same servant appeared. I asked for those gentlemen.

他却说没关系,这点小钱儿何足挂齿,日后再说吧。我说,我一时半会儿不会再到这儿来了;可他说那也不要紧,他可以等着,而且,我想什么时候来就什么时候来,想点什么就点什么,这账呢,想什么时候结就什么时候结。他说,我只不过因为好逗个乐于,愿意打扮成这样来跟老百姓开个玩笑,他总不至于因此就信不过像我这么有钱的先生吧。这时候又进来了一位顾客,小吃店老板示意我收起那张巨无霸,然后作揖打恭地一直把我送了出来。我径直奔那所宅子去找两兄弟,让他们在警察把我抓起来之前纠正这个错误。尽管这不是我的错,可我还是提心吊胆——说实在的,简直是胆战心惊。我见人见得多了,我明白,要是他们发现把一百万镑的大钞错当一镑给了一个流浪汉,他们决不会怪自己眼神不好,非把那个流浪汉骂个狗血喷头。快走到那宅子的时候,我看到一切如常,断定还没有人发觉这错票的事,也就不那么紧张了。我摁了门铃。原先那个仆人又出来了。我请求见那两位先生。




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