【新概念英语三】第4课 The double life of Alfred Bloggs 艾尔弗的双料生活
These days, people who do manual work often receive far more money than people who work in offices. People who work in offices are frequently referred to as ‘white-collar workers' for the simple reason that they usually wear a collar and tie to go to work. Such is human nature, that a great many people are often willing to sacrifice higher pay for the privilege of becoming white-collar workers. This can give rise to curious situations, as it did in the case of Alfred Bloggs who worked as a dustman for the Ellesmere Corporation.
When he got married, Alf was too embarrassed to say anything to his wife about his job. He simply told her that he worked for the Corporation. Every morning, he left home dressed in a smart black suit. He then changed into overalls and spent the next eight hours as a dustman. Before returning home at night, he took a shower and changed back into his suit. Alf did this for over two years and his fellow dustmen kept his secret. AlF's wife has never discovered that she married a dustman and she never will, for Alf has just found another job. He will soon be working in an office. He will be earning only half as much as he used to, but he feels that his rise in status is well worth the loss of money. From now on, he will wear a suit all day and others will call him 'Mr. Bloggs', not 'Alf'.
manual adj. 体力的
collar n. 衣领
privilege n. 好处
dustman n. 清洁工
corporation n. 公司
overalls n. 工作服
shower n. 淋浴
secret n. 秘密
status n. 地位
1. He's as tender as a chicken and not up to hard manual work.
2. This will help do away with heavy manual labor and raise productivity.
endure the loss of
1. A mother would sacrifice her life for her children.
2. They may have to raise prices or sacrifice profits.
3. You don't have to sacrifice environmental protection to promo economic growth.
1. That privilege should come with weighty conditions.
2. Parking in this street is the privilege of the resident.
take a shower
1. This is the bathroom with shower and bath.
2. Will you like a room with a bath or a shower?
have a bath
keep a secret
1. You guessed the wrong secret.
2. If we keep the secret she will never know the truth.
1. I was aware of my low status .
2. The second reason is their low economic status .
1. be referred to as...
Some dogs also have what fanciers refer to as "furniture", notably moustaches.
2. give rise to...
As the Network is enriched with new members, it will give rise to new questions
Such is a truth that where there is a will ,there is a way.
Such is my promise that I will come again.