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        新概念英语听力mp3下载第三册lesson 49

        Source:  Onion  2007-03-21  我要投稿   恒星英语学习论坛   Favorite  

         It is a good thing my aunt Harriet died
        years ago. If she were alive today she
        would not be able to air her views on her
        favourite topic of conversation: domestic
        servants. Aunt Harriet lived in that
        leisurely age when servants were em-
        ployed to do housework. She had a huge,
        rambling country house called 'The
        Gables'. She was sentimentally attached
        to this house, for even though it was far
        too big for her needs, she persisted in
        living there long after her husband's
        death. Before she grew old, aunt Harriet
        used to entertain lavishly. I often visited
        The Gables when I was a boy. No matter
        how many guests were present, the great
        house was always immaculate. The parquet floors shone like mirrors; highly
        polished silver was displayed in gleaming glass cabinets; even my uncle's huge
        collection of books was kept miraculously free from dust. Aunt Harriet presided
        over an invisible .mp3y of servants that continuously scrubbed, cleaned, and
        polished. She always referred to them as' the shifting population', for they came
        and went with such frequency that I never even got a chance to learn their names,
        Though my aunt pursued what was, in those days, an enlightened policy in that
        she never allowed her domestic staff to work more than eight hours a day, she
        was extremely difficult to please. While she always decried the fickleness of
        human nature, she carried on an unrelenting search for the ideal servant to the
        end of her days, even after she had been sadly disillusioned by Bessie.
        Bessie worked for aunt Harriet for three years. During that time she so
        gained my aunt's confidence, that she was put in charge of the domestic staff.
        Aunt Hariet could not find words to praise Bessie's industry and efficiency. In
        addition to all her other qualifications, Bessie was an expert cook. She acted the
        role of the perfect servant for three years before aunt Harriet discovered her
        'little weakness'. After being absent from The Gables for a week, my aunt
        unexpectedly returned one afternoon with a party of guests and instructed
        Bessie to prepare dinner. Not only was the meal well below the usual standard,
        but Bereie seemed unable to walk steadily. She bumped into the furniture and
        kept mumbling about the guests. When she came in with the last course--a
        huge pudding-she tripped on the carpet and the pudding went flying through
        the air, narrowly missed my aunt, and crashed on the dining table with con-
        siderable force. Though this occasioned great mirth among the guests, aunt
        Harriet was horrified. She reluctantly came to the conclusion that Bessie was
        drunk. The guests had, of course, realized this from the moment Bessie opened
        the door for them and, long before the final catastrophe, had had a difficult
        time trying to conceal their amusement. The poor girl was dismissed instantly.
        After her departure, aunt Harriet discovered that there were piles of empty
        wine bottles of all shapes and sizes neatly stacked in what had once been Bessie's
        wardrobe. They had mysteriously found their way there from the wine-cellar!

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