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胡敏读故事记托福词汇235:老子世故的批发商A Worldly Wholesaler(MP3)

235 A Worldly Wholesaler

235 老子世故的批发商

I'll admit to anyone that I am a worldly person.I enjoy wrapping myself in luxury.Poverty,or even a middle class existence,is not something I would be able to withstand.If I had to give up my fresh pate and my caviar,I would suffer such bad withdrawal symptoms that I would most assuredly die.When people tell me that my extravagant lifestyle is withering away my soul,I tell them I'd much rather wither away in a mansion than in a shack.Where money whirs,there I am.It wasn't just on a whim that I became a wholesaler.The wholesaler business was where the action was when I first began.It has since whittled down to just a few companies,but back when I was first starting out in business,a fortune could be made there by just about anyone.After making a small,modest fortune,I withdrew my interests from the wholesale business.It was still doing well at the time I left,and people thought I was crazy for leaving.I didn't wince even once,however.What some people refer to as a wily disposition,I simply refer to as a smart business decision.I wasn't being wily when I left.Now understand,I wasn't being wholesome,either.There's limited amount of money out there, and if I don't get it,someone else will.By quietly wiggling out of the wholesale industry instead of making a huge announcement and encouraging others to do the same,I actually made money.There was nothing mean spirited to this.It was just me being a businessman.If the industry is about to have a calamitous wreck,why should I hold the responsibility of wrestling people away from it?I was not going to stand by and witness my own investments become nothing.That would have been quite a woolly lose.I'm wistful when I lose money,but as it stands,my wits are still intact.I just built a new winter residence,a nice cabin,out in the woods of Oregon.I wrap myself in the finest woolen jackets,made from the most expensive wool.I go out in the evenings and listen to the beautiful sounds of the surrounding wildlife.

我愿意向任何人承认,我是个老于世故的人。我喜欢耽于奢华。贫困,或者即使是中产阶级的生活,也是我无法承受的。如果让我放弃肉馅饼和鱼子酱,我会出现严重的脱瘾症状,我确定无疑会死掉。当人们告诉我说我奢华的生活方式正消磨着我的灵魂,我告诉他们我宁愿在豪宅中消磨,也不想在陋室中生活。哪里金钱叮当作响,我就在哪里。我成为批发商并非一时的心血来潮。批发生意是我最初从事的行业。从此以后削减到只剩几家公司,但是如果回到我最初开始做生意的时候,几乎任何人都可以大赚一笔。在适当发了一笔小财之后,我从批发生意中撤出股权。我离开的时候,生意运行得不错,人们都以为我疯了。但我从未退缩过。人们所称的诡诈脾性,我将其称为精明的商业决定。我离开时并非表现诡诈。现在明白了,我当时也并非身心健全。钱数有限,如果我不拿,别人也会拿。我不声不响地从批发行业扭转屁股就开溜,而没有大张旗鼓,不让别人效仿,我实际上赚了钱。这样做没有什么卑鄙的。只是因为我是个批发商。假如这个行业要有灾难性的破坏,我为什么要负责拉扯别人从中脱身呢?我不会眼睁睁她看着自己的投资化为乌有。那将是不明不白的损失。我赔钱时会愁眉苦脸,但就目前的情况来说,我的神志仍然完好无损。我在俄勒冈的森林中刚刚建造了一处新的冬
季住昕,一个漂亮的小木屋。我身穿用最昂贵的羊毛制成的最漂亮的毛料夹克衫。我在晚上走出屋子,倾听周围野生动物美妙无比的叫声。

I dare not complain about how I made my money.

我绝不抱怨自己赚钱的方式。
 

Words:

whim n. 随意,冲动
whir v. 呼呼急转
whittle v. 逐渐削薄,削木头
wholesale adj. 1.批发的 2.大规模的
wholesaler n. 批发商
wholesome adj. 有益健康的,健全的
wiggle vt. (使)踌躇,摆动
wildlife n. 野生的,植物
wily adj. 狡猾的
wince v. 退缩
wistful adj. 渴望的,向往的
wit n. 智力,才智
withdraw v. 1.撤退 2.收回,撤消
withdrawal n. 收回,撤退,退回
wither v. (使)枯萎,凋谢
withstand vt. 随,抵住
witness vt. 目击
woods n. 森林
wool n. 羊毛
woolen adj. 羊毛制的,毛织品的
W0olly adj. 多毛的,模糊的
worldly adj. 尘世的,世俗的
wrap vt. 裹,包,捆
wreck n. 失事,残骸 vt. 使…失事
wrestle vi. 摔跤,格斗

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