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Lesson 2

Thirteen equals one

十三等于一

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  • Lesson 2
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  • Thirteen equals one
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  • Was the vicar pleased that the clock was striking? Why?
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  • Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another,
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  • but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired.
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  • The big clock which used to strike the hours day and night
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  • was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.
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  • One night,however,our vicar woke up with a start:the clock was striking the hours!
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  • Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock,
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  • but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped.
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  • Armed with a torch,the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on.
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  • In the torchlight,
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  • he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins,our local grocer.
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  • 'Whatever are you doing up here Bill?' asked the vicar in surprise.
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  • 'I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill.
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  • 'I've been coming up here night after night for weeks now.
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  • You see,I was hoping to give you a surprise.'
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  • 'You certainly did give me a surprise!' said the vicar.
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  • 'You've probably woken up everyone in the village as well.
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  • Still,I'm glad the bell is working again.'
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  • 'That's the trouble, vicar,'answered Bill. 'It's working all right,
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  • but I'm afraid that at one o'clock it will strike thirteen times
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  • and there's nothing I can do about it.'
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  • 'We'll get used to that,Bill,'said the vicar.
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  • 'Thirteen is not as good as one,but it's better than nothing.
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  • Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.'
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