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新概念英语MP3第三册LESSON4-The double life of Alfred Bloggs [复制链接]

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The double life of Alfred Bloggs


Why did Alf want a white-collar job?

These days, people who do manual work often receive far more money than people who work in offices. People who work in offices are frequently referred to as 'white-collar workers' for the simple reason that they usually wear a collar and tie to go to work. Such is human nature, that a great many people are often willing to sacrifice higher pay for the privilege of becoming white-collar workers. This can give rise to curious situations, as it did in the case of Alfred Bloggs who worked as a dustman for the Ellesmere Corporation.

When he got married, Alf was too embarrassed to say anything to his wife about his job. He simply told her that he worked for the Corporation. Every morning, he left home dressed in a smart black suit. He then changed into overalls and spent the next eight hours as a dustman. Before returning home at night, he took a shower and changed back into his suit. Alf did this for over two years and his fellow dustmen kept his secret. Alf's wife has never discovered that she married a dustman and she never will, for Alf has just found another job. He will soon be working in an office. He will be earning only half as much as he used to, but he feels that his rise in status is well worth the loss of money. From now on, he will wear a suit all day and others will call him 'Mr. Bloggs', not 'Alf'.

New words and expressions 生词和短语

adj. 体力的

n. 衣领

v. 牺牲,献出

n. 好处

n. 清洁工

n. 公司

n. 工作服

n. 淋浴

n. 秘密

n. 地位

half as much as 是...一半,表示倍数的
I want to marry a man who is twice as old as me.
We got three times as many people as we expected.
This room is about three times as large as that one.
比..多几倍: ...times + 形容词比较级+ than
This road is four times longer than that one.





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