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Lesson11 Not guilty

发布者: 雪狼 | 发布时间: 2006-6-6 16:15| 查看数: 21433| 评论数: 13|

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Customs officers are quite tolerant these days, but they can still stop you when you are going through the Green Channel and have nothijng to declare. Even really honest people are often made to feel guitly. The hardened professional smuggler, on the other hand, is never troubled by such feelings.even if he has five hundred gold watches hidden in his suitcase. When I returned from abroad recently, a particularly officious young Customs Officer clearly regarded me as a smuggler.

'Have you anything to declare?' he asked, looking me in the eye.

'No,' I answered confidently.

'Would you mind unlocking this suitcase please ?'

'Not at all,' I answered.

The Officer went through the case with great care. All the things I had packed so carefully were soon in a dreadful mess. I felt sure I would never be able to close the case again. Suddenly, I saw the Officer's face light up. He had spotted a tiny bottle at the bottom of my case and he pounced on it with delight.

'Perfume, eh?' he asked sarcastically. 'You should have declared that.' Perfume is not exempt from import duty.'

'But it isn't perfume,' I said.' It's hair-oil.' Then I added with a smile,' It's a strange mixture I make myself.' As I expected, he did not believe me.

'Try it!' I said encouragingly.

The Officer unscrewed the cap and put the bottle to his nostrils. He was greeted by an unpleasant smell which convinced him that I was telling the truth. A few minutes later, I was able to hurry away with precious chalk-marks on my baggage.

New words and expressions生词和短语

guilty(title)[ˈɡilti] adj.犯罪的,违法的

perfume(1. 16) [ˈpə:fju:m] n.香水

tolerant(1. 1)[ˈtɔlərənt] adj.宽容的

sarcastically(1. 16)/sa:'k$stikli/adv.讽刺地

declare(1. 3)[diˈklɛə] v.申报

exempt(1. 16)[ig'zempt] adj.被免除的

hardened(1. 4)['ha:dənd]adj.有经验的

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现在的海关官员往往相当宽容。但是,当你通过绿色通道,没有任何东西需要申报时,他们仍可以拦住你。甚至是最诚实的人也常被弄得觉得有罪似的,而老练的职业走私犯即使在手提箱里藏着500只金表,却也处之泰然。最近一次,我出国归来,碰上一位特别好管闲事的年轻海关官员,他显然把我当成了走私犯。

“您有什么需要申报的吗?”他直盯着我的眼睛问。

“没有。”我自信地回答说。

“请打开这只手提箱好吗?”

“好的。”我回答说。

那位官员十分仔细地把箱子检查了一遍。所有细心包装好的东西一会儿工夫就乱成了一团。我相信那箱子再也关不上了。突然,我看到官员脸上露出了得意的神色。他在我的箱底发现了一只小瓶,高兴地一把抓了起来。

“香水,嗯?”他讥讽地说道,“你刚才应该申报,香水要上进口税的。”

“不,这不是香水,”我说,“是发胶。”接着我脸带微笑补充说:“这是一种我自己配制的奇特的混合物。”果不出所料,他并不相信我。

“你就闻一闻吧!”我催促说。

海关官员拧开瓶盖,把瓶子放到鼻子底下。一股怪味袭来,使他相信了我说的是真话。几分钟后,我终于被放行,手提划着宝贵的粉笔记号的行李,匆匆离去。

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The Customs Officer is looking for the somethings of smuggles in my case with great care.
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mmi1100 发表于 2010-8-20 10:12:08
好像文章有问题把、、
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呀?文章不全。
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不是吧我都缓冲半天了!竟然链接不上!崩溃
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unlucky!
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还是习惯这种!
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