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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:夏日激情篇 94 Albert Einstein and Shaving Cream 爱因斯坦和刮胡膏(mp3)

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爱因斯坦信奉简单朴素的生活,他曾经说过:“我从来不把安逸和快乐看作是生活目的本身。”
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094 Albert Einstein and Shaving Cream 爱因斯坦和刮胡膏

My father was a close friend of Albert Einstein. As a shy young visi-tor to Einstein's home, I was made to feel at ease when Einstein said, "I have something to show you. " He went to his desk and returned with a Yo-Yo. He tried to show me how it worked but he couldn't make it roll back up the string. When my turn came, I displayed my few tricks and pointed out to him that the incorrectly looped string had thrown the toy off balance.Einstein nodded, properly impressed by my skill and knowledge. Later, I bought a new Yo-Yo and mailed it to the Professor as a Christmas present, and received a poem of thanks.
我父亲是阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦的好朋友。我到爱因斯坦家做客时表现得很害羞,但当他说“我给你看样东西”时,我感到特别轻松自如。他走到桌旁,回来时手里拿了一个旅游(一种用线扯动使其忽上忽下的轮形玩具。)他试着演示旅游的玩法给我看,但他始终无法使它滚回线上。劳务出口到我玩时,我耍了一点小技巧,并告诉他是因为系线的方法不正确才使这个玩具失去了平衡。爱因斯坦点了点头,对我的技巧和知识留下了很深的印象。后来,我买了一个新的游游作为圣诞礼物寄给了教授,并收到了他的一首感谢诗。

To do his work he needed only a pencilb and a pad of paper. Material things meant nothing to him. I never knew him to carry money because he never had any use for it. He believed in simplicity, so much so that he used only a safety razor and water to shave. When I suggested that he try shaving cream, he said, "The razor and water do the job. "
爱因斯坦只需要一支铅笔和一沓纸来做他的工作。物质的东西对他来说毫无意义。我知道他身上从不带钱,因为他从来都不需要用钱。他信奉简朴,甚至只用一把安全剃刀和清水刮胡子。当我建议他试试刮胡膏时,他说:“剃刀和水就够了。”

"But Professor, why don't you try the cream just once?" I argued. "It makes shaving smoother and less painful. "
“但是,教授,为什么您就不能试用一次刮胡膏呢?”我争辩道,“它可以让您刮起胡子来平滑很多,而且也不会那么痛。”

He shrugged. Finally, I presented him with a tube of shaving cream.The next morning when he came down to breakfast, he was beaming with the pleasure of a new,great discovery. "You know,that cream really works," he announced. " It doesn't pull the beard. It feels wonderful." Thereafter, he used the shaving cream every morning until the tube was empty. Then he reverted to using plain water.
他耸耸肩。最后,我送给他一管刮胡膏。第二天早上,他下楼来吃早餐时,因为有了一大新发现而高兴得满脸含笑。“你知道,那刮胡膏还真有效。”他说“它不扯胡子,感觉好极了。”从那以后,他每天早晨都用那管刮胡膏,直到用完为止。之后,他又像以前一样只用清水刮胡子了。

英语词汇注释

at ease 舒适,自由自在
point out 指出
loop vt. 使……成环,圈结
throw sth. off balance 失去平衡
simplicity n. 朴素,简单
razor n. 剃刀
beam vi. 微笑,闪亮
revert vi. 恢复,回到

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