人教版高二英语必修3 Unit3 The Million Pound Bank Note听力Mp3
  • Unit 3 The Million Pound Bank Note-Reading
  • THE MILLION POUND BANK NOTE
  • Act I, Scene 3
  • NARRATOR: It is the summer of 1903.
  • Two old and wealthy brothers, Roderick and Oliver,
  • have made a bet.
  • Oliver believes that with a million pound bank note a man could survive a month in London.
  • His brother Roderick doubts it. At this moment,
  • they see a penniless young man wandering on the pavement outside their house.
  • It is Henry Adams, an American businessman,
  • who is lost in London and does not know what he should do.
  • RODERICK: Young man, would you step inside a moment, please?
  • HENRY: Who? Me, sir?
  • RODERICK: Yes, you.
  • OLIVER: Through the front door on your left.
  • HENRY: (A servant opens a door) Thanks.
  • SERVANT: Good morning, sir. Would you please come in? Permit me to lead the way, sir.
  • OLIVER: (Henry enters) Thank you, James. That will be all.
  • RODERICK: How do you do, Mr ... er ...?
  • HENRY: Adams. Henry Adams.
  • OLIVER: Come and sit down, Mr Adams.
  • HENRY: Thank you.
  • RODERICK: You're an American?
  • HENRY: That's right, from San Francisco.
  • RODERICK: How well do you know London?
  • HENRY: Not at all, it's my first trip here.
  • RODERICK: I wonder, Mr Adams, if you'd mind us asking a few questions.
  • HENRY: Not at all. Go right ahead.
  • RODERICK: May we ask what you're doing in this country and what your plans are?
  • HENRY: Well, I can't say that I have any plans. I'm hoping to find work. As a matter of fact, I landed in Britain by accident.
  • OLIVER: How is that possible?
  • HENRY: Well, you see, back home I had my own boat. About a month ago, I was sailing out of the bay ... (his eyes stare at what is left of the brother's dinner on table)
  • OLIVER: Well, go on.
  • HENRY: Oh, yes. Well, towards nightfall I found myself carried out to sea by a strong wind. It was all my fault. I didn't know whether I could survive until morning. The next morning I'd just about given myself up for lost when I was spotted by a ship.
  • OLIVER: And it was the ship that brought you to England.
  • HENRY: Yes. The fact is that I earned my passage by working as an unpaid hand, which accounts for my appearance. I went to the American embassy to seek help, but ... (The brothers smile at each other.)
  • RODERICK: Well, you mustn't worry about that. It's an advantage.
  • HENRY: I'm afraid I don't quite follow you, sir.
  • RODERICK: Tell us, Mr Adams, what sort of work did you do in America?
  • HENRY: I worked for a mining company. Could you offer me some kind of work here?
  • RODERICK: Patience, Mr Adams. If you don't mind, may I ask you how much money you have?
  • HENRY: Well, to be honest, I have none.
  • OLIVER: (happily) What luck! Brother, what luck! (claps his hands together)
  • HENRY: Well, it may seem lucky to you but not to me! On the contrary, in fact. If this is your idea of some kind of joke, I don't think it's very funny. (Henry stands up to leave) Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll be on my way.
  • RODERICK: Please don't go, Mr Adams~ You mustn't think we don't care about you. Oliver, give him the letter.
  • OLIVER: Yes, the letter. (gets it from a desk and gives it to Henry like a gift) The letter.
  • HENRY: (taking it carefully) For me?
  • RODERICK: For you. (Henry starts to open it) Oh, no, you mustn't open it. Not yet. You can't open it until two o'clock.
  • HENRY: Oh, this is silly.
  • RODERICK: Not silly. There's money in it. (calls to the servant) James?
  • HENRY: Oh, no. I don't want your charity. I just want an honest job.
  • RODERICK: We know you're hard-working. That's why we've given you the letter. James, show Mr Adams out.
  • OLIVER: Good luck, Mr Adams.
  • HENRY: Well, why don't you explain what this is all about?
  • RODERICK: You'll soon know. (looks at the clock) In exactly an hour and a half.
  • SERVANT: This way, sir.
  • RODERICK: Mr Adams, not until 2 o'clock. Promise?
  • HENRY: Promise. Goodbye.
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