Lesson52 Mud is mud

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My cousin, Harry, keeps a large curiously shaped bottle on permanent display in his study. Despite the fact that the bottle is tinted a delicate shade of green, an observant visitor would soon notice that it is filled with what looks like a thick greyish substance. If you were to ask Harry what was in the bottle, he would tell you that it contained perfumed mud. If you expressed doubt or surprise, he would immediately invite you to smell it and then to rub some into your skin. This brief experiment would dispel any further doubts you might entertain. The bottle really does contain perfumed mud. How Harry came into the possession of this outlandish stuff makes an interesting story which he is fond of relating. Further- more, the acquisition of this bottle cured him of a bad habit he had been developing for years.

Harry used to consider it a great joke to go into expensive cosmetic shops and make outrageous requests for goods that do not exist. He would invent fanciful names on the spot. On entering a shop, he would ask for a new perfume called 'Scented Shadow' or for 'insoluble bath cubes'. If a shop girl told him she had not heard of it, he would pretend to be considerably put out. He loved to be told that one of his imaginary products was temporarily out of stock and he would faithfully promise to call again at some future date, but of course he never did. How Harry managed to keep a straight face during these performances is quite beyond me.

Harry does not need to be prompted to explain how he bought his precious bottle of mud. One day, he went to an exclusive shop in London and asked for 'Myrolite'. The shop assistant looked puzzled and Harry repeated the word, slowly stressing each syllable. When the girl shook her head in bewilderment, Harry went on to explain that 'myrolite' was a hard, amber-like substance which could be used to remove freckles. This explanation evidently conveyed something to the girl who searched shelf after shelf. She produced all sorts of weird concoctions, but none of them met with Harry's requirements. When Harry put on his act of being mildly annoyed, the girl promised to order some for him. Intoxicated by his success, Harry then asked for perfumed mud. He expected the girl to look at him in blank astonishment. However, it was his turn to be surprised, for the girl's eyes immediately lit up and she 'fetched several botties which she placed on the counter for Harryto inspect. For once, Harry had to admit defeat. He picked up what seemed to be the smallest bottle and discreetly asked the price. He was glad to get away with a mere five guineas and he beat a hasty retreat, clutching the precious bottle under his arm. From then on, Harry decided that this little game he had invented might prove to be expensive. The curious bottle which now adorns the bookcase in his study was his first and last purchase of rare cosmetics.

permanent[ˈpə:mənənt] adj. 永久的

tint[tint] v. 给……染色

delicate [ˈdelikit]adj. 淡色的

observant[əbˈzə:vənt]adj. 观察力敏锐的

greyish [ˈɡreiiʃ]adj. 浅灰色的

dispel[disˈpel]v. 驱散,消除

outlandish[autˈlændiʃ]adj. 稀奇古怪的

outrageous[autˈreidʒəs] adj. 无理的,令人不能容忍的

fanciful[ˈfænsiful]adj. 想像出来的

insoluble[inˈsɔljubl]adj. 不可溶解的

prompt[prɔmpt]v. 敦促,激励

exclusive [iksˈklu:siv] adj. 专售高档商品的

evidently[ˈevidəntli] adv. 显然地,明显地

intoxicate[inˈtɔksikeit]v. 陶醉,得意忘形

blank[blæŋk]adj. 无表情的,茫然的

discreetly[disˈkri:tli] adv. 谨慎地





loveyuki 发表于 2010-5-19 11:31:44
amazing story
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