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趣味英语阅读:最好的证据  发帖心情 Post By:2009/5/31 19:01:54 [只看该作者]

When one takes shoes to a shop to be mended, one gives a ticket with a number on it. Then, when one's shoes are ready, one goes back to the shop, gives the ticket to the shoemaker, gets one's shoes and pays for them.
  One day Mrs.Smith gave her husband a pair of her shoes which needed mending and asked him to take them to the shop. Mr. Smith did so, and put the ticket in his pocket.
  He went back four days later to get the shoes, but when he went into the shop, he was not able to find his ticket again, and the shoemaker did not want to give him the shoes until he got the ticket.
  "How do I know that the shoes are yours unless you give me the ticket?" he said. "If I give them to you now, somebody else may come into my shop with the ticket tomorrow, and then I shall notbe able to give him the shoes."
  Mrs.Smith needed the shoes urgently,so her husband thought for a moment and then went out to his car, which was at the side of the road outside the shop.He opened the door,and whistled to his wife's small dog, which was sitting on the back seat. Then he went back into the shop with it and said to it. "Get the shoes!" The dog began to smell around the shop, and soon it recognized Mrs. Smith's shoes and brought them to Mr.Smith one after the other.
  "That should prove that they are my wife's." suggested Mr. Smith.
  The shoemaker laughed. "It certainly does! That is better proof than the ticket." He answered as he wrapped the shoes up and gave them to Mr. Smith.
  
  人们去商店修鞋的时候,会拿到一张带着号码的小票儿。鞋子修好后,顾客们就可以返回商店,把小票儿给修鞋的人,取回鞋子,然后付款。
  一天,史密斯太太把她的一双穿坏的鞋给了丈夫,叫他拿到商店去修。史密斯先生照做了,把小票儿放进口袋里。
  四天后,他来到商店取鞋,当他走进商店的时候,却找不到小票儿了,修鞋的人要他找到小票儿才肯给他鞋子。
  “你不给我小票儿,我怎么知道鞋子是你的呢?”修鞋的人说。“如果我现在把鞋子给你,明天可能会有人拿着小票儿来取鞋,那时我就没法给他鞋子了。”
  史密斯太太急着要那双鞋,史密斯先生想了一会儿,然后出了商店,走到他停在路边儿的车那儿。他打开门,朝坐在后座上妻子的小狗吹了几声口哨儿,然后抱起小狗走回了商店。史密斯先生朝小狗喊道:“拿鞋子去!”小狗在商店里到处嗅,很快就认出了史密斯太太的鞋,然后一只只地叼到史密斯先生那儿。
  “这样能证明这双鞋是我妻子的了吧。”史密斯先生说。
  修鞋的人大笑起来:“当然了!这是比小票儿更好的证据呢。”他边说边把鞋子包好交给史密斯先生。

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