新概念英語第三冊第11課:Not guilty

時間:2016-12-08 14:36:46

Lesson 11   Not guilty無罪

    Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
    聽錄音,然后回答以下問題。
    What was the Customs Officer looking for?
    Customs Officers are quite tolerant these days, but they can still stop you when you are going through the Green Channel and have nothing to declare. Even really honest people are often made to feel guilty. 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 form 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 thing 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 gel.' 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.
    參考譯文
    現在的海關官員往往相當寬容。但是,當你通過綠色通道,沒有任何東西需要申報時,他們仍可以攔住你。甚至是最誠實的人也常弄得覺得有罪似的,而老練的職業 走私犯卻使手提箱里藏著500只金表,卻也處之泰然。最近一次,我也出國歸來,碰上一位特別好管閑事的年輕海關官員,他顯然把我當成走私犯。
    “您有什么需要申報的嗎?”他直盯著我的眼睛問。
    “沒有。”我自信地回答說。
    “請打開這只手提箱好嗎?”
    “好的。”我回答說。
     那位官員十分仔細地把箱子檢查了一遍。所有細心包裝好的東西一會兒工夫就亂成一團。我相信那箱子再也關不上了。突然,我看到官員臉上露出了得意的神色。他在我的箱底發現了一只小瓶,高興地一把抓了起來。
    “香水,嗯?”他譏諷地說道,“你剛才應該申報,香水要上進口稅的。”
    “不,這不是香水,”我說,“是發膠。”接著我臉帶微笑補充說:“這是一種我自己配制的奇特的混合物。”
    “你就聞一聞吧!”我催促說。
    海關官員擰開瓶蓋,把瓶子放到鼻子底下。一股怪味襲來,使他相信了我說的真話。幾分鐘后,我終于被放行,手提劃著寶貴的粉筆記號的行李,匆匆離去。
 
    New words and expressions 生詞和短語
     guilty
    adj. 犯罪的,違法的
 
     tolerant
    adj. 寬容的
 
     declare
    v.   申報
 
     hardened
    adj. 有經驗的
 
     professional
    adj. 職業的,專業的
 
     smuggler
    n.   走私者
 
     officious
    adj. 愛管閑事的
 
     confidently
    adv. 自信地
  
     dreadful
    adj. 可怕的,一團糟的
 
     pounce
    v.   猛抓,撲住
 
     perfume
    n.   香水
 
     sarcastically
    adv. 諷刺地
 
     exempt
    adj. 被免除的
 
     duty
    n.   稅
 
     gel
    n.   凝膠
 
     mixture
    n.   混合物
 
     unscrew
    v.   擰開
 
     nostril
    n.   鼻孔
 
     chalk
    n.   粉筆
 
     baggage
    n.   行李
 
    Notes on the text課文注釋
    1  the Green Channel,綠色通道,指海關專供沒有攜帶征稅物品進關的旅客所走的通道。
    2  hidden in his suitcase是過去分詞短語作定語,修飾watches。它相當于一個定語從句:which were hidden in his suitcase.
    3  looking me in the eye,直盯著我的眼睛,這是分詞短語作狀語,表示方式,修飾asked。
    4  The officer went through,這里go through作“檢查”講。
    5  in a dreadful mess(或in a mess),亂七八糟,混亂透了。
    6  I saw the Officer's face light up.我看到那位官員的臉上露出了得意的神色。
    7  You should have declared that,你早該申報了。"should+不定式的完成式”表示本該做而未做之事。
    8  he exempt from作“免除”、“豁免,’解。
 

Lesson 11   課后練習和答案Exercises and Answer

 
新概念英語第三冊第11課:Not guilty
新概念英語第三冊第11課:Not guilty
新概念英語第三冊第11課:Not guilty
新概念英語第三冊第11課:Not guilty
新概念英語第三冊第11課:Not guilty
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