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乔布斯传 第13期:上学(1)
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  • School


    Even before Jobs started elementary school, his mother had taught him how to read.


    This, however, led to some problems once he got to school.


    “I was kind of bored for the first few years, so I occupied myself by getting into trouble.”


    It also soon became clear that Jobs, by both nature and nurture1, was not disposed to accept authority.


    “I encountered authority of a different kind than I had ever encountered before, and I did not like it. And they really almost got me.


    They came close to really beating any curiosity out of me.”


    His school, Monta Loma Elementary, was a series of low-slung 1950s buildings four blocks from his house.


    He countered his boredom2 by playing pranks3.


    “I had a good friend named Rick Ferrentino, and we’d get into all sorts of trouble,” he recalled.

    “我有个叫里克·费伦蒂诺(Rick Ferrentino)的好朋友,我们会惹上各种各样的麻烦,”他回忆说,

    “Like we made little posters announcing ‘Bring Your Pet to School Day.’ It was crazy, with dogs chasing cats all over, and the teachers were beside themselves.”


    Another time they convinced some kids to tell them the combination numbers for their bike locks.


    “Then we went outside and switched all of the locks, and nobody could get their bikes. It took them until late that night to straighten things out.”


    When he was in third grade, the pranks became a bit more dangerous.

    到他三年级的时候, 恶作剧开始有了一点儿危险的成分。

    “One time we set off an explosive under the chair of our teacher, Mrs. Thurman. We gave her a nervous twitch4.”

    “有一次,我们在老师瑟曼夫人(Mrs. Thurman)的椅子下面点燃了炸药。她吓得都抽搐了。”

    Not surprisingly, he was sent home two or three times before he finished third grade.


    By then, however, his father had begun to treat him as special, and in his calm but firm manner he made it clear that he expected the school to do the same.


    “Look, it’s not his fault,” Paul Jobs told the teachers, his son recalled. “If you can’t keep him interested, it’s your fault.”


    His parents never punished him for his transgressions5 at school.


    “My father’s father was an alcoholic6 and whipped him with a belt, but I’m not sure if I ever got spanked7.”


    Both of his parents, he added, “knew the school was at fault for trying to make me memorize stupid stuff rather than stimulating8 me.”


    He was already starting to show the admixture of sensitivity and insensitivity, bristliness and detachment, that would mark him for the rest of his life.


    When it came time for him to go into fourth grade, the school decided9 it was best to put Jobs and Ferrentino into separate classes.


    The teacher for the advanced class was a spunky woman named Imogene Hill, known as “Teddy,” and she became, Jobs said, “one of the saints of my life.”


    After watching him for a couple of weeks, she figured that the best way to handle him was to bribe10 him.


    “After school one day, she gave me this workbook with math problems in it, and she said, ‘I want you to take it home and do this.’


    And I thought, ‘Are you nuts?’ And then she pulled out one of these giant lollipops11 that seemed as big as the world.


    And she said, ‘When you’re done with it, if you get it mostly right, I will give you this and five dollars.’ And I handed it back within two days.”

    她说,你把题目做完之后,如果大多数都做对了,我就 把这个 给你,再送你5美元。我用了不到两天就做完交给她了。”

    After a few months, he no longer required the bribes12.


    “I just wanted to learn and to please her.”


     10级    英语小说 


    1 nurture [ˈnɜ:tʃə(r)] K5sz3   第7级
    • The tree grows well in his nurture. 在他的培育下这棵树长得很好。
    • The two sisters had received very different nurture. 这俩个姊妹接受过极不同的教育。
    2 boredom [ˈbɔ:dəm] ynByy   第8级
    • Unemployment can drive you mad with boredom. 失业会让你无聊得发疯。
    • A walkman can relieve the boredom of running. 跑步时带着随身听就不那么乏味了。
    3 pranks [præŋks] cba7670310bdd53033e32d6c01506817   第12级
    n.玩笑,恶作剧( prank的名词复数 )
    • Frank's errancy consisted mostly of pranks. 法兰克错在老喜欢恶作剧。 来自辞典例句
    • He always leads in pranks and capers. 他老是带头胡闹和开玩笑。 来自辞典例句
    4 twitch [twɪtʃ] jK3ze   第9级
    vi.急拉,抽动,痉挛,抽搐;vt. 使抽动;攫取;猛拉;n.扯,阵痛,痉挛
    • The smell made my dog's nose twitch. 那股气味使我的狗的鼻子抽动着。
    • I felt a twitch at my sleeve. 我觉得有人扯了一下我的袖子。
    5 transgressions [trænzɡ'reʃnz] f7112817f127579f99e58d6443eb2871   第12级
    n.违反,违法,罪过( transgression的名词复数 )
    • Many marine transgressions occur across coastal plains. 许多海运是横越滨海平原。 来自辞典例句
    • For I know my transgressions, and my sin always before me. 因为我知道我的过犯,我的罪常在我面前。 来自互联网
    6 alcoholic [ˌælkəˈhɒlɪk] rx7zC   第8级
    • The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine. 白兰地的酒精浓度远远超过葡萄酒。
    • Alcoholic drinks act as a poison to a child. 酒精饮料对小孩犹如毒药。
    7 spanked [spæŋkt] 7f5c8f4a184a8a7677239d55dcee6b0f   第10级
    v.用手掌打( spank的过去式和过去分词 )
    • We spanked along in his new car. 我们坐在他的新车里兜风。 来自辞典例句
    • The nurse spanked the naughty child. 保育员打了一下那个淘气的孩子的屁股。 来自辞典例句
    8 stimulating ['stimjəˌleitiŋ] ShBz7A   第7级
    • shower gel containing plant extracts that have a stimulating effect on the skin 含有对皮肤有益的植物精华的沐浴凝胶
    • This is a drug for stimulating nerves. 这是一种兴奋剂。
    9 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    10 bribe [braɪb] GW8zK   第7级
    • He tried to bribe the policeman not to arrest him. 他企图贿赂警察不逮捕他。
    • He resolutely refused their bribe. 他坚决不接受他们的贿赂。
    11 lollipops ['lɒlɪpɒps] 6ceae00b27efc3fb3c0baabc137bec4a   第11级
    n.棒糖,棒棒糖( lollipop的名词复数 );(用交通指挥牌让车辆暂停以便儿童安全通过马路的)交通纠察
    • I bought lollipops and a toot-toot bugle. I started for home. 我给她买了棒棒糖,一吹就呜的打响的小喇叭。我就往回走。 来自互联网
    • Our company specialize marshmallows, lollipops, bubble gums, chocolates and toys with candy. 本公司主要出口棉花糖、棒棒糖、泡泡糖、巧克力、儿童玩具等。 来自互联网
    12 bribes [b'raɪbz] f3132f875c572eefabf4271b3ea7b2ca   第7级
    n.贿赂( bribe的名词复数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂v.贿赂( bribe的第三人称单数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂
    • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
    • corrupt officials accepting bribes 接受贿赂的贪官污吏

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