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Lesson 19

A very dear cat

一条贵重的宝贝猫

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  • Lesson 19
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  • A very dear cat
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  • Why was Rastus 'very dear' in more ways than one?
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  • Kidnappers are rarely interested in animals,
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  • but they recently took considerable interest in Mrs. Eleanor Ramsay's cat.
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  • Mrs. Eleanor Ramsay, a very wealthy old lady,
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  • has shared a flat with her cat, Rastus, for a great many years.
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  • Rastus leads an orderly life.
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  • He usually takes a short walk in the evenings and is always home by seven o'clock.
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  • One evening, however he failed to arrive.
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  • Mrs. Ramsay got very worried.
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  • She looked everywhere for him but could not find him.
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  • Three days after Rastus' disappearance,
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  • Mrs. Ramsay received an anonymous letter.
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  • The writer stated that Rastus was in safe hands and would be returned immediately if Mrs. Ramsay paid a ransom of $1,000.
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  • Mrs.Ramsay was instructed to place the money in a cardboard box and to leave it outside her door.
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  • At first, she decided to go to the police,
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  • but fearing that she would never see Rastus again--the letter had made that quite clear--she changed her mind.
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  • She withdrew $1000 from her bank and followed the kidnapper's instructions.
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  • The next morning, the box had disappeared but Mrs.Ramsay was sure that the kidnapper would keep his word.
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  • Sure enough, Rastus arrived punctually at seven o'clock that evening.
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  • He looked very well, though he was rather thirsty,
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  • for he drank half a bottle of milk.
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  • The police were astounded when Mrs. Ramsay told them what she had done.
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  • She explained that Rastus was very dear to her.
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  • Considering the amount she paid,
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  • he was dear in more ways than one!
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