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The Four Wives(生命中的四位爱人)
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  • There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned1 her with rich robes and treated her to 1)delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.

    He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He's very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

    He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient and in fact is the merchant's 2)confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

    Now, the merchant's 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

    One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his 3)luxurious life and told himself, "Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be!"

    Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you most, endowed2 you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.

    The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold.

    He then asked the 2nd wife, "I always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you to your grave." The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was 4)devastated.

    Then a voice called out: "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from 5)malnutrition. Greatly grieved3, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!"

    Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives

    The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish4 in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die.

    Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

    The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

    The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit5 of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

    Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it's a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we're on our deathbed to 6)lament.
















     6级    双语 
     单词标签: adorned  endowed  grieved  lavish  pursuit 


    1 adorned [əˈdɔ:nd] 1e50de930eb057fcf0ac85ca485114c8   第8级
    • The walls were adorned with paintings. 墙上装饰了绘画。
    • And his coat was adorned with a flamboyant bunch of flowers. 他的外套上面装饰着一束艳丽刺目的鲜花。
    2 endowed [ɪn'daʊ] fff08733a9f1b1072ff33b16f4019b3b   第6级
    捐钱( endow的过去式和过去分词 ); 捐赠; 资助; 使(某人)天生具有(好资质、能力等)
    • The cross is endowed with a special meaning for Christians. 对基督教徒来说,十字架被赋予了特殊意义。
    • The rich businessman endowed the hospital with half his fortune. 这位富商把他的一半财产捐赠给那所医院。
    3 grieved [grivd] Argzpy   第6级
    • He grieved to know that his mother had passed away. 得知母亲去世,他很悲痛。
    • The uncalled-for criticism grieved her. 无缘无故的批评使她伤心。
    4 lavish [ˈlævɪʃ] h1Uxz   第7级
    • He despised people who were lavish with their praises. 他看不起那些阿谀奉承的人。
    • The sets and costumes are lavish. 布景和服装极尽奢华。
    5 pursuit [pəˈsju:t] p0pz0   第6级
    • They set off at once along the lane in pursuit. 他们立即出发沿着小巷追赶。
    • Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been called the inalienable rights of man. 生命、自由和追求幸福被称为人类不可剥夺的权利。

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