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Lesson 4

The double life of Alfred Bloggs

阿尔弗雷德.布洛格斯的双重生活

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  • Lesson 4
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  • The double life of Alfred Bloggs
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  • Why did Alf want a white-collar job?
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  • These days, people who do manual work often receive far more money than people who work in offices.
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  • People who work in offices are frequently referred to as 'white-collar workers'
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  • for the simple reason that they usually wear a collar and tie to go to work.
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  • Such is human nature,
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  • that a great many people are often willing to sacrifice higher pay for the privilege of becoming white-collar workers.
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  • This can give rise to curious situations,
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  • as it did in the case of Alfred Bloggs who worked as a dustman for the Ellesmere Corporation.
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  • When he got married, Alf was too embarrassed to say anything to his wife about his job.
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  • He simply told her that he worked for the Corporation.
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  • Every morning, he left home dressed in a smart black suit.
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  • He then changed into overalls and spent the next eight hours as a dustman.
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  • Before returning home at night,
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  • he took a shower and changed back into his suit.
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  • Alf did this for over two years and his fellow dustmen kept his secret.
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  • Alf's wife has never discovered that she married a dustman and she never will,
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  • for Alf has just found another job.
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  • He will soon be working in an office.
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  • He will be earning only half as much as he used to,
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  • but he feels that his rise in status is well worth the loss of money.
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  • From now on,
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  • he will wear a suit all day and others will call him 'Mr.Bloggs', not 'Alf'.
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