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The Rewards of a Good Deed(中考阅读)  

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能得到别人的帮助是幸运的,能帮助别人则是幸福的。无论你的能力大小,财力如何,在自己的生活和工作中,尽力为他人提供方便,这就是一种善良。

—By Sunny

One stormy night years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered a small hotel inPhiladelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, they came to the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

"Could you possibly give us a room here?" the husband asked.

The clerk, a friendly man with a warm smile, looked at the couple and explained, "All of our rooms are taken," the clerk said, "but I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? "The couple agreed.

The next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, "You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you."

The clerk looked at him and smiled.

Two years passed. The clerk received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night, and a ticket to New York was enclosed1, asking the young man to pay them a visit.

The old man met him in New York and led him to a great new building.

"This," said the old man, "is the hotel I have just built for you to manage."

"You must be joking," the young man said.

"I can assure2 you I am not," said the old man.

The old man was William Waldorf Astor, and that great building was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. He could never have imagined that he would become the manager of one of the world’s best hotels.

 

Notes:

1. enclosed adj. 随函附上的

        2. assure v. 使确信,向……保证

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