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            新概念英語聽力mp3下載第三冊lesson 60

            Source: 恒星英語學習網  Onion  2007-03-21  我要投稿   論壇   Favorite  

            Punctuality is a necessary habit in all
            public affairs of a civilized society. With-
            out it, nothing could ever be brought to a
            conclusion; everything would be in a
            state of chaos. Only in a sparsely-
            populated rural community is it possible
            to disregard it. In ordinary living there
            can be some tolerance of unpunctuality.
            The intellectual, who is working on some
            abstruse problem, has everything co-
            ordinated and organized for the matter in
            hand. He is therefore forgiven, if late for
            a dinner party. But people are often
            reproached for unpunctuality when their
            only fault is cutting things fine. It is hard
            for energetic, quick-minded people to
            waste time, so they are often tempted to finish a job before setting out to keep
            an appointment. If no accidents occur on the way, like punctured tyres, diver-
            sions of traffic, sudden descent of fog, they will be on time. They are often more
            industrious, useful citizens than those who are never late. The over-punctual
            can be as much a trial to others as the unpunctual. The guest who arrives half
            an hour too soon is the greatest nuisance. Some friends of my family had this
            irritating habit. The only thing to do was ask them to come half an hour later
            than the other guests. Then they arrived just when we wanted them.
            If you are catching a train, it is always better to be comfortably early than
            even a fraction of a minute too late. Although being early may mean wasting a
            little time, this will be less than if you miss the train and have to wait an hour
            or more for the next one; and you avoid the frustration of arriving at the very
            moment when the train is drawing out of the station and being unable to get on
            it. An even harder situation is to be on the platf.mp3 in good time for a train and
            still to see it go off without you. Such an experience befell a certain young girl
            the first time she was travelling alone.
            She entered the station twenty minutes before the train was due, since her
            parents had impressed upon her that it would be unforgivable to miss it and
            cause the friends with whom she was going to stay to make two journeys to
            meet her. She gave her luggage to a porter and showed him her ticket. To her
            horror he said that she was two hours too soon. She felt in her handbag for the
            piece of paper on which her father had written down all the details of the
            journey and give it to the porter. He agreed that a train did come into the station
            at the time on the paper and that it did stop, but only to take on water, not
            passengers. The girl asked to see a timetable, feeling sure that her father could
            not have made such a mistake. The porter went to fetch one and arrived back
            with the stationmaster, who produced it with a flourish and pointed out a
            microscopic 'o' beside the time of the arrival of the train at his station; this
            little 'o' indicated that the train only stopped for water. Just as that moment
            the train came into the station. The girl, tears streaming down her face, begged
            to be allowed to slip into the guard's van. But the stationmaster was adamant:
            rules could not be broken. And she had to watch that train disappear towards
            her destination while she was left behind.


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