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Programme 15

发布者: KK | 发布时间: 2011-10-24 22:15| 查看数: 1423| 评论数: 0|

[00:00] PROGRAMME 15

[00:04] Text one

[00:07] Back to school

[00:11] 35 Manor Road, Harpole, Portsmouth.

[00:17] 16th September

[00:21] Dear Mr. Harrison,

[00:25] Jamie is coming back to school on Monday

[00:31] and my husband has asked me to explain the situation to you.

[00:37] Jamie has recovered from his bout of bronchitis now,

[00:42] but the doctor told us to keep him home for a few more days to be on the safe side.

[00:49] We hope he hasn't missed anything important since term began.

[00:56] We would like to ask you to watch over him for a while

[01:01] and not to let him take part in games or gymnastics for a week.

[01:08] This is on the doctor's advice -

[01:13] I enclose a note from him.

[01:17] Jamie is so keen on games

[01:22] that he will try to play before he is fit enough,

[01:27] unless someone keeps an eye on him.

[01:32] We have provided him with all the clothes on the list

[01:37] except the red athletics vests and blue shorts.

[01:43] He has already grown out of last year's pair,

[01:48] but we only discovered this yesterday

[01:53] and the local shop doesn't have any in stock.

[01:59] I shall get some next week and forward them by post.

[02:05] We were very pleased that Jamie took to boarding-school life so well in his first year,

[02:12] and we trust he will continue to be happy.

[02:17] We are both very grateful to you for being so helpful last year,

[02:24] and we look forward to having another talk with you

[02:29] at the parent-teacher meeting next month.

[02:34] Yours sincerely, B. Williams (Mrs.)

[02:41] Text two

[02:44] A little more gossip

[02:48] I hear that the new people at number thirty-five send their boy

to a private boarding-school

[02:57] insteadof the local school.

[03:01] What snobs they are!

[03:06] They are, aren't they?

[03:10] I wouldn't dream of sending my little boy away to some strange institution for months

on end every year.

[03:20] I think it's cruel.

[03:24] It is, isn't it?

[03:28] It would break my heart every term.

[03:33] And the thing is

[03:37] that these private schools are often not as good as free state schools.

[03:45] They aren't, are they?

[03:49] My nephew only went to his local grammar school

[03:55] and he's just been awarded a scholarship to study classics at Oxford.

[04:03] The Williams only send their boy away for the sake of appearances.

[04:10] They just like to show off.

[04:14] Yes, they do, don't they?

[04:19] Of course, some people say that a boarding-school education is good for children

[04:27] because it teaches them to have confidence in themselves

[04:33] and they learn to be less dependent on their parents...

[04:40] But I think it only turns them into snobs.

[04:45] It does, doesn't it?

[04:50] Still,

[04:54] I don't know what I'll do with my Trevor next year.

[05:00] I don't want him to go tothat big new school.

[05:06] The children of all the commonest people in the area go there.

[05:13] Well, they're closing all the old schools.

[05:19] If you don't like the new state school,

[05:24] you'll just have to pay to send him to a private school, won't you?

[05:31] Text three

[05:35] The cost of appearances

[05:39] We really must buy some new clothes for Jamie.

[05:45] His best trousers are too small for him now,

[05:50] and most of his other pairs are not fit to be worn in public.

[05:56] What about those nice brown trousers we bought for him in the spring?

[06:02] He ripped a hole in those while he has climbing up a tree in the garden last month.

[06:09] I told him not to wear decent clothes while he was playing about.

[06:16] I'll teach him to take more notice of what I say.

[06:21] Oh, leave him alone.

[06:26] You keep ordering him to do this and do that.

[06:31] He's almost afraid to move.

[06:36] Well, he's got to learn to behave properly sometime.

[06:41] Anyway you've got a sewing-machine and a pair of scissors.

[06:47] Why don't you mend them,

[06:51] and alter some of his other trousers to fit him?

[06:56] Certainly not.

[07:00] You can't send a boy to a good-class school in patched-up trousers.

[07:07] All right then,

[07:11] but we'll be broke by the end of the month at this rate.

[07:16] We've still got to get him some new pyjamas,

[07:21] a pair of blue shorts and those red vests.

[07:27] Heaven only knows why he has to wear red vests.

[07:32] People will think he's joining the Labour Party or something.

[07:38] Don't be silly.

[07:42] I'm more worried about his maths not improving than about the colour of his shirts.

[07:49] And I'm more worried about paying the bills.

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