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Lesson 11

Not guilty

无罪

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  • Lesson 11
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  • Not guilty
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  • What was the Customs Officer looking for?
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  • Customs Officers are quite tolerant these days,
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  • but they can still stop you when you are going through the Green Channel and have nothing to declare.
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  • Even really honest people are often made to feel guilty.
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  • The hardened professional smuggler, on the other hand, is never troubled by such feelings,
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  • even if he has five hundred gold watches hidden in his suitcase.
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  • When I returned from abroad recently,a particularly officious young Customs Officer clearly regarded me as a smuggler.
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  • 'Have you anything to declare?' he asked, looking me in the eye.
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  • 'No,'I answered confidently.
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  • 'Would you mind unlocking this suitcase please?'
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  • 'Not at all,' I answered.
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  • The Officer went through the case with great care.
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  • All the things I had packed so carefully were soon in a dreadful mess.
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  • I felt sure I would never be able to close the case again.
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  • Suddenly,I saw the Officer's face light up.
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  • He had spotted a tiny bottle at the bottom of my case and he pounced on it with delight.
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  • 'Perfume,eh?' he asked sarcastically.
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  • 'You should have declared that.
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  • Perfume is not exempt from import duty.'
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  • 'But it isn't perfume, I said. 'It's hair gel.'Then I added with a smile,
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  • 'It's a strange mixture I make myself.
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  • As I expected,he did not believe me.
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  • 'Try it!' I said encouragingly.
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  • The Officer unscrewed the cap and put the bottle to his nostrils.
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  • He was greeted by an unpleasant smell which convinced him that I was telling the truth.
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  • A few minutes later,I was able to hurry away with precious chalk marks on my baggage.
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