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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2007-0915-FEATURE

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Now the special English program is American stories.Our story today is called"luck" It was written by Mark Twain.Here is Shep O'Neal with the story.
I was at a dinner in London given an honor of one of the most celebrated English mititary men of his time.I do not want to tell you his real name and titles.I will just call him Lieutenant General Lord Arthur Scoresby.I can't describe my excitement when I saw this great and famous man.There he sat,the man himself, in person all coverd with metals.I could not take my eyes off him. He seemed to show the true mark of greatness.His fame had not effected on him.The hundreds of eyes watching him,the worship of so many people did not seem to make any difference to him.
Next to me sat clegyman who was an old friend of mime.He was not always a clergyman.During the first half of his life,he was a teacher in the military school at Woolwich.There was a strange look in his eye as he leaned toward me and whispered"privately ,he is a completely fool."He meant,of course,the hero of our dinner.This came as a shock to me. I looked hard at my friend.I could not have been more surprised if he had said the same thing about Napoleon,Socrates,Solomon.
I was sure of two things about the clergyman:He always spoke the truth and his judgement of the man was good.Therefore,I wanted to find out more about our hero as soon as I could.
Some days later I got a chance to talk with the clergyman and He talked me more.These are his exact words."About 4o years ago I was an instructor in the military academy at Woolwich whem young scoresby was given his first examimation.I felt extremely sorry for him.Everybody answered the questions well,intelligently.While he ,why dear me!he didn't know anyting.So to speak.He was a nice pleasant young man.It was painful to see him stand there and give answers that were miracles to stupidity.
I knew of course that when examed again.He would be fail and thrown out .So I said to myself," it would a simple and harmless act to help him as much as I could"I took him aside and found he knew a little about Julia Caesar 's history.But he did not know anything else.So I went to work and tested him and worked him like a slave.I made him work over and over again on a few questions on Caesar which I knew he would be asked.If you will believe me he came through very well on a day of examination.He got high praise too.While others who knew a thousand times more than he were shapely criticized.

By some strange lucky accident he was asked no questions but those I made him study.Such an accident does not happen more than once in a hundred years.Well, all though his studied I stood by him with the feeling a mother has for a disable child.And he always saved himself by some miracle.I thought that what in the end would destroy him would be the mathematics examination.I decided to make his end as painless as possible.So I pushed fact into his stupic head before hours.Finally I let him go to examination to experience what I was sure would be his dismissal from school.Well sir,try to imagin the result I was shocked out of my mind.He took the first prize and he got highest praise.

I felt guilty day and night.What I was doing was not right.But I only wanted to make his dismissal a little less painful for him.I never dreamed it would lead to such strange and laughable results.

Then I thought that sooner or later one thing was sure happen.The first, real test once he was through school would ruin him.Then Crimean war broke out.I felt that set for him that had to been a war.Peace would have given this donkey a chance to escape from ever being found out as being so stupid.Nervously I waited for the worst to happen.It did.He was appointed an officer,a capitain of all things,who could have dreamed that they would place such a responsiblity on such weak shoulders as his.I said to myself that I was responsible to the country for this.I must go with him and protect the nation against him as far as I could.So I joined up with him and away we went to the field. And there!Oh dear.It was terrible!Mistakes! tearful mistakes!Why?He never did anything that was right.Nothing but mistakes!But you see nobody knew the secret of how stupid he really was.Everybody misunderstood his actions.They saw his stupid mistakes as words of great intelligence.They did honestly.His smallest mistakes made a man in his right mind cry and shout,scream too.To himself of course.What kept me in a continued fear was that every mistake he made increase his glory and fame.I kept saying to myself that when at last they found out about him it will be like the sun falling out of sky.He continued to climb up over the dead bodys of his superiors.Then in the hardest moment of one battle down went our colonel.My heart jumped into my mouth for scoresby was the next in line to take his place.Now we are in for it.I said.the battle grew harder.The English and their allies were stably retreating all over the field.Our regiment occupied the positon that was extremely important.One mistake now would bring total disaster.And what did scoreby do this time?He just mistook his left for his right hand.That was all.An order came for him to fall back and support our right.Instead he moved forward and went over the hill to the left.We were over the hill before this insane movement could be discovered and stopped.And what we did find ?a large and unsuspected Russian army waiting.And what happened?Were we all killed?That was exactly what would have happened in 99 cases of 100.But no.Those surprised Russians thought that no regimemt by itself would come around there at such a time.

"they must be the whold British army."they thought.They turned tail away they went over the hill and down into the field in wild disorder and we after them.in no time there was the greatest turnaround you ever saw.the allies turned defeat into a sweeping and shinig victory.
The ally commander looked on, his head spinning with wonder ,surprise and joy.He sent right off scoresby and put his arms surrounded him and hugged him on the field in front of all the armies.Scoresby became famous thay day as a great military leader.____ throughout the world.That honor will never disappear while history books last.
He is just as nice and pleasant as ever.But he still does not know enough to come in out of the ring. .he is the stupidest man in the universal.Until now nobody knew it but scoresby and myself.He has been followed day by day,year by year by a strange luck.He has been a shining soldier in all our wars for years.He has filled his whole military life with mistakes.Everyone of them brought him another honorary title.Look at his chest flooded with the British and foreign medals.Well sir everyone of them is the record of some great stupidity or other. they are proof that the best thing that can happen to a man is to be born lucky.I say again as I did at the dinne.Scoreby is a completely.
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