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            新概念英語聽力mp3下載第三冊lesson 49

            Source: 恒星英語學習網  Onion  2007-03-21  我要投稿   論壇   Favorite  
             It is a good thing my aunt Harriet died
            years ago. If she were alive today she
            would not be able to air her views on her
            favourite topic of conversation: domestic
            servants. Aunt Harriet lived in that
            leisurely age when servants were em-
            ployed to do housework. She had a huge,
            rambling country house called 'The
            Gables'. She was sentimentally attached
            to this house, for even though it was far
            too big for her needs, she persisted in
            living there long after her husband's
            death. Before she grew old, aunt Harriet
            used to entertain lavishly. I often visited
            The Gables when I was a boy. No matter
            how many guests were present, the great
            house was always immaculate. The parquet floors shone like mirrors; highly
            polished silver was displayed in gleaming glass cabinets; even my uncle's huge
            collection of books was kept miraculously free from dust. Aunt Harriet presided
            over an invisible .mp3y of servants that continuously scrubbed, cleaned, and
            polished. She always referred to them as' the shifting population', for they came
            and went with such frequency that I never even got a chance to learn their names,
            Though my aunt pursued what was, in those days, an enlightened policy in that
            she never allowed her domestic staff to work more than eight hours a day, she
            was extremely difficult to please. While she always decried the fickleness of
            human nature, she carried on an unrelenting search for the ideal servant to the
            end of her days, even after she had been sadly disillusioned by Bessie.
            Bessie worked for aunt Harriet for three years. During that time she so
            gained my aunt's confidence, that she was put in charge of the domestic staff.
            Aunt Hariet could not find words to praise Bessie's industry and efficiency. In
            addition to all her other qualifications, Bessie was an expert cook. She acted the
            role of the perfect servant for three years before aunt Harriet discovered her
            'little weakness'. After being absent from The Gables for a week, my aunt
            unexpectedly returned one afternoon with a party of guests and instructed
            Bessie to prepare dinner. Not only was the meal well below the usual standard,
            but Bereie seemed unable to walk steadily. She bumped into the furniture and
            kept mumbling about the guests. When she came in with the last course--a
            huge pudding-she tripped on the carpet and the pudding went flying through
            the air, narrowly missed my aunt, and crashed on the dining table with con-
            siderable force. Though this occasioned great mirth among the guests, aunt
            Harriet was horrified. She reluctantly came to the conclusion that Bessie was
            drunk. The guests had, of course, realized this from the moment Bessie opened
            the door for them and, long before the final catastrophe, had had a difficult
            time trying to conceal their amusement. The poor girl was dismissed instantly.
            After her departure, aunt Harriet discovered that there were piles of empty
            wine bottles of all shapes and sizes neatly stacked in what had once been Bessie's
            wardrobe. They had mysteriously found their way there from the wine-cellar!
             


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