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Lesson 15

Fifty pence worth of trouble

五十便士的麻烦

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  • Lesson 15
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  • Fifty pence worth of trouble
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  • Did George get anything for his fifty pence? What?
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  • Children always appreciate small gifts of money.
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  • Mum or dad, of course, provides a regular supply of pocket money,
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  • but uncles and aunts are always a source of extra income.
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  • With some children, small sums go a long way.
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  • If fifty pence pieces are not exchanged for sweets,
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  • they rattle for months inside money boxes.
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  • Only very thrifty children manage to fill up a money box.
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  • For most of them, fifty pence is a small price to pay for a nice big bar of chocolate.
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  • My nephew, George, has a money box but it is always empty.
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  • Very few of the fifty pence pieces and pound coins I have given him have found their way there.
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  • I gave him fifty pence yesterday and advised him to save it.
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  • Instead, he bought himself fifty pence worth of trouble.
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  • On his way to the sweet shop,
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  • he dropped his fifty pence and it bounced along the pavement and then disappeared down a drain.
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  • George took off his jacket,
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  • rolled up his sleeves and pushed his right arm through the drain cover.
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  • He could not find his 50 pence piece anywhere, and what is more, he could not get his arm out.
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  • A crowd of people gathered round him and a lady rubbed his arm with soap and butter,
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  • but George was firmly stuck.
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  • The fire brigade was called and two fire fighters freed George using a special type of grease.
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  • George was not too upset by his experience
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  • because the lady who owns the sweet shop heard about his troubles and rewarded him with a large box of chocolates.
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