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  • 趣味英语故事:The First Money 第一次赚钱

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    Somebody once asked Mark Twain whether he could remember the first money he ever earned.
    He said,“It happened at school.Schoolboys in those days had very little respect for their teachers and even less for their desks ."
    The boys used pens and pencils and even knives to draw stars and faces, or to write their names on the desks. At last the schoolmaster said, ""The next time anybody does such a thing, he will have to pay five dollars, or he will receive a beating in front of the whole school."
    Soon after that, I had to go to my father for five dollars. I was honest enough to explain that I couldn't agree to receive a beating instead, but he said,
    "No, I can't allow you to connect our name with such a thing. So I' ll pay the five dollars. But you must suffer for what you have done. I' ll give you the beating here, at home."
    So he beat me, and then gave me the five dollars to take to the school, But I decided that the beating didn't hurt so much and another beating at school wouidn't be worse.
    So I told them to give me a beating in front of the whole school, and Ikept the five dollars. And that was the first money that I ever earned.

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