胡敏读故事记单词——大学英语四级词汇(A字头)

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adopt ~ airline

   James walked out of the travel agency and looked very angry. He had decided to take a trip around the world and planned to take Jimmy, his dog, with him. But the travel agent refused to write a ticket for Jimmy, because pets were not allowed to board the aircraft. Although they called afterwards to say they were sorry--even using the adverb "terribly"--James was still very upset. He had adopted Jimmy before Jimmy was an adult, and the affection between them was very strong. Since seeking aid from the airline wasn't advisable, James advertised in the newspaper for a nanny to take care of Jimmy during his absence.
   Many people replied to the advertisement, but James was very cautious because he didn't want to be taken advantage of. An aggressive young man caught James' attention; he had graduated from an advanced nursing school, and called himself an advocate of animal rights. "This is a big advantage", thought James. He then dropped the agenda he was preparing for the next day's meeting and took Jimmy to meet the young man.
[$nbsp][$nbsp][$nbsp][$nbsp]Jimmy was an old dog, and his hair was a mix of all colors: a bit gray, a bit brown and a bit black, and he was almost deaf too, so he always wore his hearing aid. Luckily, it didn't affect Jimmy's activity. You know what happened when the young man who advocated himself as an animal lover saw Jimmy?
   He refused to look after Jimmy and said a surgical operation would be to advantage for both of them!

   詹姆斯从旅行社走出来,看上去很生气。他决定作一次环球旅行并打算带上他的狗吉米一起去。可是旅行社的代理人拒绝给吉米出票,因为宠物不能上飞机。虽然他们过后打电话来说抱歉--甚至用了"非常"这个副词--詹姆斯还是很难受。他收养吉米的时候吉米还没有成年,他们之间的感情相当深厚。由于向航空公司寻求帮助并不明智,詹姆斯就在报上登广告请保姆在他不在的时候照看吉米。
   很多人对广告做出了回应,但詹姆斯很谨慎,他不想让人趁机利用。一个很有进取心的年轻人引起了詹姆斯的注意,他毕业于高级护理学校,并称自己是动物权益的拥护者。"这是一个大优点,"詹姆斯想。于是他放下为第二天会议准备的议事日程,带上吉米去见这个年轻人。
[$nbsp][$nbsp][$nbsp][$nbsp]吉米年纪很大了,而且身上的毛呈杂色:有一点儿灰,有一点儿黄,还有一点儿黑,他的耳朵也差不多聋了,所以总是带着助听器。好在这对吉米的活动能力并没有影响。你知道这个宣扬自己是动物爱好者的年轻人见了吉米是什么反应吗?
   他拒绝照看吉米,并说给吉米做整容手术将对他们两个都有利