47. A Car can be Expensive 一辆汽车开销很大
A: Where are you off to?
B: I'm taking
the car to the garage
. It has to be lubed, the oil needs changing, and the brakes are grabbing. I'm going to leave it so the mechanic can check it over.
A: I thought you just had it in the garage
B: That was last month. I had a new transmission
put in. The car's a real lemon. I've only had it six months, and I've already spent a fortune on repairs.
A: Every time I think about buying a car, I consider how much it costs to keep one up, and decide to get along without one a little longer.
Off to-going to (现代美国口语
Brakes are grabbing 刹车吱吱作响
A real lemon 一个道道地地的废物
Keep up-maintain 维持
Get along without 没有...也过得去
A：每次当我想买一辆车时，我就考虑到要花多少钱来维修保养它，最后我想没有它也能过得去。48. At the Filling Station 在加油站
A: What can I do for you today?
B: Just fill her up and check the oil.
A: You want regular or high test?
B: I think ethyl. That's what I usually use. And the oil's number 30. Oh, and maybe you'd better check the water and air, and the battery
A: Everything seems to be all right, sir. I'll get your windshield. There. That'll be thirteen fity all together. Eleven thirty for ten gallons of gas, and a quart of oil at two twenty.
B: Okay. Here's my credit card.
A: There you are, sir. Here's your receipt. And thanks for coming in.
Fill up 加满油
High test 高级汽油
Number 30 30号润滑油
A：好了，请收好，先生。这是您的发票。谢谢您光顾。49. Are Women Good Drivers? 女人是好的驾驶人吗？
A: Joe said something funny to me yesterday. I didn't understand him at all.
B: What did he say?
A: That I was just another women driver.
B: What were you talking about?
A: I had some trouble with a policeman. I was making a U-turn downtown
, and he made an awful fuss. He didn't give me a ticket, though.
B: You were lucky. What Joe meant was that probably you were in the wrong. American men always say that women are bad drivers, even when they're not.
U-turn 将汽车掉头开(在美国城市某些街道上有No U-turn标记，即不准在此将汽车掉头)
B：算你运气。乔的意思是说，看来你是做了错事。美国男人总是说女人是蹩脚的驾车人。即使在她们开得并不差的时候。50. Free Will 自由意志
A: Do you believe in free will, Frank? Or do you think that everything a person does is determined in advance?
B: I think that man always has free choice.
A: But look. Suppose you knew everything about someone, where he was born, what his parents were like, everything that happened to him since he was a baby, even what he had for breakfast and how his shoes were tied. If you know all those things, don't you think you could predict
B: Stated that way I might be tempted to agree. But surely you don't believe one can ever know all these things about people. For all practical purposes, you'd have to say man has free will.
Free will 自由的选择