907ruby by shimeiyan


									My English Reading
 1. Buy A Tortoise
 2. Return Ticket
 3. The Formula For Water
 4. Language
 5. Please Read This
   A man went one day to a shop and bought a
live tortoise. He said to the shop- keeper, "I
want to deep this tortoise in my garden; is it
quite healthy, and do you think it will live long?"
    "Yes," replied the shopkeeper, "it's quite
healthy; and you know a tortoise lives for ten
thousand years."
The man took the tortoise home; but
unfortunately the nest day it died.
    He went back to the shop and said to the
shopkeeper, "You told me the tortoise would
live for ten thousand years, but it lived for only
one day."
    "When did it die?" asked the shopkeeper.
    " It died today " replied the man.
    "Then I suppose that today it became ten
thousand years old," said the shopkeeper.
The young newlyweds quarreled. At last she
could bear it no longer and burst into tears.
"I don't want to have anything to do with you
ant more," "I'm packing up my things and
going off to mother."
"Fine, my dear," said the husband. "Here are
the travelling expenses."
She counted the money. "What about the
money for the return ticket?"
The scene is in the chemistry class. A
student is being quizzed. "What is the
formula for water?"
"Where did you ever learn that?"
Shouted the exasperated professor.
"From you, sir." "You told me it was H
to O."
As we move further into the information era,
many people have difficulty keeping up with
the latest development. My parents are a
prime example.
One day I accompanied them to a computer
store. The salesman was very helpful and
began discussing computer programming with
"What language do you use?" he asked me.
My father, overhearing the question,
answered: "English, of course!"
A friend who worked at an embassy found
herself repeatedly explaining an increase in
processing fees to immigration applicants.
She had a difficult time communicating
through the thick glass window, so one day,
after several attempts to make herself
understood, she scribbled, "PLEASE READ
THIS," on the back of the relevant form and
handed it to the applicant. The customer
nodded and smiled. My friend breathed a
sigh of relief, thinking that she'd finally got
her point across.
 About Love
  Poor or Rich
  The Deer and the Hunter
  History of Valentine's
   One day a young prince arrived at the castle of
King Ottar and fell in love with the king's youngest
daughter, who was very beautiful. "You can only
marry my daughter," said the king, "if you can
recognize her, and you must marry the woman you
choose." " That's easy," said the prince, and King
Ottar put all his daughters behind a wall that had a
space at the bottom, so the prince could only see
seven pairs of feet, and the feet all looked the
same. Suddenly, one of the feet moved and the
prince said "That is the woman I love."
  Unfortunately, it was not; it was King Ottar's
eldest daughter who was not at all beautiful, but
the prince had to marry her. In fact, she was
extremely intelligent and had a good sense of humor,
so that very soon the prince did fall in love with her
and they lived happily ever after. The moral of this
story is that love is a very unreliable thing.
    One day, a rich father took his young son on a trip to the
country. He wanted to show him the poverty in the world.
They spent a day and a night at the farm of a very poor family.
  When they got back from their trip the father asked his son,
"How was the trip?"
   "Very good, Dad!"
  "Did you see how the lives of the poor can be?" the father
  "And what did you learn?" After thinking for a moment, the
son answer.
  "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We
have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, and they
have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the
garden, and they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the
front yard, they have a whole horizon."
  When the little boy was finished, his father was speechless.
His son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!"
  Isn't it true that it all depends on the way you look at things?
If you have: love, friends, family, health, good humor and a
positive attitude toward life, you've got everything! You can't
buy any of these things. You can have all the material
possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc.,
  Awakened by the rattle of windows, I
jumped out of bed and opened a window to
take a look outside. Strong wind and heavy
rain lashed me, and I quickly closed the
window. I noticed very few people and
vehicles on the streets, a lot of trash flying
in the air, and some fallen trees scattered
here and there. It was then that I noticed
that I had no electricity. I had no choice
but to stay home and sleep all day long
because the radio said that a typhoon had
struck Taiwan.
  At last, the typhoon was gone, and the
electricity came back on. I was glad that my
house wasn't damaged. Typhoons are really
terrible natural calamities. I wish they
admiring the noble figure he made there.
"Ah," he said, "where can you see such noble
horns as these, with such antlers! I wish I
had legs more worthy to bear such a noble
crown; it is a pity they are so slim and
   At that moment a hunter approached and
sent an arrow whistling after him. Away
bounded the deer, and soon, with the aid of
his nimble legs, he was nearly out of sight
of the hunter. But, not noticing where he
was going, he passed under some trees with
branches growing down low. His antlers
become caught, so that the hunter had time
to catch with upon him. "Alas! alas!" cried
the deer, "We often despise what is most
once thought to be the time of year forbirds began to
look for a mate and Cupid aimed his arrows atthe hearts
of young men and women.
   Valentine's Day believed to have had its beginnings in a
Roman festival called the Lupercalia. The early Roman
men often wore the names of the girls who were to be
their partners during the festival. Sometimes the couple
exchanged presents. After the Lupercalia became a
saint's day honored Saint Valentine, some of the old
customs were kept. In the 17th century a hopeful maiden
ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her
pillow before going to sleep on Valentine's Eve. She
believed this would make her dream of her future
   Later, people began to exchange valentine cards but
presents. The Duke of Orleans is believed to have made
the first valentine card. Imprisoned in the Tower of
London in 1415, he wrote love poems to his wife in
   Valentine cards became popular in the US during the

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