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  • The Importance of Being Honest


    In the busy city of New York, such an astonishing thing that ever happened.


    On a Friday night, a poor young artist stood at the gate of the subway station, playing his violin. Though the music was great, people were quickly going home for the weekend. In this case, many of them slowed down their paces and put some money into the hat of the young man.


    The next day, the young artist came to the gate of the subway station, and put his hat on the ground gracefully1. Different than the day before, he took out a large piece of paper and laid it on the ground and put some stones on it. Then he adjusted the violin and began playing. It seemed more pleasant to listen to.


    Before long, the young violinist was surrounded with people, who were all attracted by the words on that paper. It said, "Last night, a gentleman named George Sang put an important thing into my hat by mistaken. Please come to claim it soon."


    Seeing this, it caused a great excitement and people wondered what it could be. After about half an hour, a middle-aged2 man ran there in a hurry and rushed through the crowd to the violinist and grabbed3 his shoulders and said, "Yes, it's you. You did come here. I knew that you're an honest man and would certainly come here."


    The young violinist asked calmly, "Are you Mr. George Sang?"


    The man nodded. The violinist asked, "Did you lose something?"


    "Lottery4. It's lottery," said the man.


    The violinist took out a lottery ticket on which George Sang's name was seen. "Is it?" he asked.


    George nodded promptly5 and seized the lottery ticket and kissed it, then he danced with the violinist.


    The story turned out to be this: George Sang is an office clerk. He bought a lottery ticket issued by a bank a few days ago. The awards opened yesterday and he won a prize of $500,000. So he felt very happy after work and felt the music was so wonderful, that he took out 50 dollars and put in the hat. However the lottery ticket was also thrown in. The violinist was a student at an Arts College and had planned to attend advanced studies in Vienna. He had booked the ticket and would fly that morning. However when he was cleaning up he found the lottery ticket. Thinking that the owner would return to look for it, he cancelled the flight and came back to where he was given the lottery ticket.


    Later someone asked the violinist: "At that time you were in needed to pay the tuition6 fee and you had to play the violin in the subway station every day to make the money. Then why didn't you take the lottery ticket for yourself?"


    The violinist said, "Although I don't have much money, I live happily; but if I lose honesty I won't be happy forever."


    Through our lives, we can gain a lot and lose so much. But being honest should always be with us. If we bear ourselves in a deceptive7 and dishonest way, we may succeed temporarily. However, from the long-term view, we will be a loser. Such kind of people are just like the water on the mountain. It stands high above the masses at the beginning, but gradually it comes down inch by inch and loses the chance of going up.


     5级    英语故事 


    1 gracefully ['greisfuli] KfYxd   第7级
    • She sank gracefully down onto a cushion at his feet. 她优雅地坐到他脚旁的垫子上。
    • The new coats blouse gracefully above the hip line. 新外套在臀围线上优美地打着褶皱。
    2 middle-aged ['mɪdl eɪdʒd] UopzSS   第8级
    • I noticed two middle-aged passengers. 我注意到两个中年乘客。
    • The new skin balm was welcome by middle-aged women. 这种新护肤香膏受到了中年妇女的欢迎。
    3 grabbed [græbd] grabbed   第6级
    v.抢先,抢占( grab的过去式和过去分词 );(尤指匆忙地)取;攫取;(尤指自私、贪婪地)捞取
    • He was grabbed by two men and frogmarched out of the hall. 他被两个男人紧抓双臂押出大厅。
    • She grabbed the child's hand and ran. 她抓住孩子的手就跑。
    4 lottery [ˈlɒtəri] 43MyV   第7级
    • He won no less than £5000 in the lottery. 他居然中了5000英镑的奖券。
    • They thought themselves lucky in the lottery of life. 他们认为自己是变幻莫测的人生中的幸运者。
    5 promptly [ˈprɒmptli] LRMxm   第8级
    • He paid the money back promptly. 他立即还了钱。
    • She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her. 她立即抓住了因他不在场给她创造的机会。
    6 tuition [tjuˈɪʃn] lm7wS   第6级
    • Students can apply for individual tuition. 学生可以申请个别指导。
    • Is this money enough for the tuition fee? 这些钱交学费够吗?
    7 deceptive [dɪˈseptɪv] CnMzO   第8级
    • His appearance was deceptive. 他的外表带有欺骗性。
    • The storyline is deceptively simple. 故事情节看似简单,其实不然。

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