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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:夏日激情篇 105 At Night the President Met the Burglar 总统夜遇盗贼(mp3)

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下面的小故事可以让我们领路一下卡尔文·柯立芝的风采。
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105 At Night the President Met the Burglar 总统夜遇盗贼

A cat burglar invaded the bedroom of the President of the United States, who confronted him, struck a deal with him and helped him escape.
一个飞贼溜进了美国总统的卧室,被他撞了个正着。总统和飞贼做了笔交易并帮助他逃离。

The President and First Lady—she slept through the encounter—never notified the Secret Service and he enjoined a journalist friend not to print the story.
事发时,总统夫人从来没有将此事告知秘密间谍,总统还命令他的一位记者朋友不要将此事刊登出去。

The journalist kept his word, and this is the first time the incident has been reported.
这位记者履行了他的承诺,这是首次报道这件事情。

The event occurred in the early morning hours in one of the first days of the presidency of Calvin Coolidge, late in August, 1923. He and his family were living in the same third-floor suite at the Willard Hotel in Washington that they had occupied during his vice presidency. Coolidge awoke to see an intruder go through his clothes, remove a wallet and unhook a watch chain.
此事发生在1923年8月末,在卡尔文·柯立芝刚接任总统不久的一外黎明。他和家人都住在华盛顿拉德酒店三楼套房里。他任副总统期间他们就住在那里。柯立芝醒来看见一个盗贼在搜他的衣服,拿走一个钱包,并解开了他的表链。

Coolidge spoke: "I wish you wouldn't take that."
柯立芝说道:“我希望你不要把那个拿走。”

The intruder, gaining his voice, said: "Why?"
盗贼提高嗓门顺道:“为什么?”

"I don't mean the watch and chain, only the charm. Take it near the window and read what is engraved on the back of it," the President said.
总统回答说:“我说的不是表和链子,而是那个小饰品。把它拿到窗户边,看看背后刻着什么。”

The burglar read: "Presented to Calvin Coolidge, Speaker of the House, by the Massachusetts General Court."
盗贼念道:“送给议院发言人卡尔文·柯立芝,马萨诸塞州总法院。”

"Are you President Coolidge?" he asked.
盗贼问道:“你是柯立芝总统?”

The President answered, "Yes, and the Legislature gave me that watch charm ... I'm fond of it. It would do you no good. You want money. Let's talk this over."
总统回答道:“是的,立法机关送给了我那块表的饰物,我很喜欢它。它对你毫无用处,你要的是钱,我们来商量一下吧。”

Holding up the wallet, the intruder bargained: "I'll take this and leave everything else."
盗贼拿着钱包开始提条件:“我拿走这个,其他的都可以留下。”

Coolidge, knowing there was $ 80 in the billfold, persuaded the intruder to sit down and talk. The young man said he and his college roommate had overspent during their vacation and did not have enough money to pay their hotel bill.
柯立芝知道钱包里有80美元,他让盗贼坐下来谈谈。年轻人说他和他的大学室友假期花费超支了,他们没有足够的钱来支付他们的酒店账单。

Coolidge added up the room rate and two rail tickets back to the campus. Then he counted out $ 32 and said it was a loan.
柯立芝算了一下房间的费用和他们返校购买两张火车票的费用,然后数了32美元给他,并告诉他这是借给他们的。

He then told the intruder that there probably would be a Secret Service agent patrolling the hotel corridor and asked if an escape could be made by going back along the hotel ledge. The man left through the same window he had entered.
他还告诉盗贼,旅馆走廊里很有可能有秘密间谍,并问他是否可以沿着旅馆外墙逃走。年轻人从他进来的那个窗户逃走了。

The President told his wife, Grace, about the event. Later, he confided in two friends, Judge Walter L. Stevens, the family lawyer, and Frank MacCarthy, a freelance writer and photographer. The President held MacCarthy to silence and never told him the intruder's name.
总统把这件事告诉了他的妻子格雷斯。之后,他又将此事告诉了他的两位朋友,一位是法官沃尔特·斯蒂文,另一位是弗兰克·麦克尔斯,并要求他们不要把这件事情刊登出去,而且他从来没有说盗贼的名字。


英语词汇注释

invade vt. 侵入
print vt. 印刷,出版
intruder n. 入侵者
engrave vt. 雕刻
hold up 抓举
overspend vi. 花费过多

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