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  • 趣味英语故事:Napoleon's Three Questions 拿破仑的三个问题

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    This story is told about Napoleon and a Swede,his soldier.The swede fought bravely in many battles and gained the French soldiers respect.But he was not good at learning languages.He could not speak French.
    Several years later,news came that Napoleon himself was coming to inspect(视察)them,and the Swede was warned that the great man would probably ask him some questions.
    All the soldiers worried about this for him. "What can he do ?"
    Some of the soldiers said.
    It was well known that Napoleon always asked the same three questions, and usually in the same order. The first question was, "How old are you ?"The second was, "How long have you been in my army?"And the third was,"Did you serve in either of my last two campaigns(战役)?"For many days the soldiers helped him to remember the answers in the same order.The Swede would walk about,saying to himself.
    "Twenty-three,sir.Three years,sir.Both,sir!"Before the day of the inspection,his friends were satisfied.He knew his answers.There ought to be no trouble.
    Napoleon arrived.Standing in front of the straight lines of soldiers,helooked at them with great satisfaction(满意).Then he begen to walk along the lines,smiling sometimes.The Swede stood quite still,practising.
    Napoleon suddenly caught sight of the Swede.He stopped in front of him.For some reason,this time the great man began with the second question
    "How many years have you been in my army?"he demanded.
    "Twenty-three,sir,"said the Swede clearly and well.
    Napoleon was surprised.He looded at the tall man and asked,
    "How old are you,then?"
    "Three years,sir,"replied the Swede quickly.
    Napoleon was astonished(惊奇)."Either you are mad,or I am,"
    he declared."Both,sir!"cried the Swede proudly.

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