UNIT 5

Text B He Led a Useful Life 有价值的一生

Benjamin Franklin would seem right at home among us if he were alive today.

如果本杰明.富兰克林还活着,我们会对他很熟悉。

In fact,he did a lot to shape our way of life.

事实上,他做了许多对我们的生活方式发生重大影响的事情。

Right now you are probably nodding your head and thinking,"Oh,yes-we learned a11 about old B.F.in the fifth grade".

你可能会立刻点头说:"对,是的,我们在五年级的时候就知道富兰克林的故事了。

But let's see whether you really know "all about him"."

但是-让我们来看一下,你是否真正"完全了解他"。

Y ou probably know that he was a stout old fellow with a bald head who flew a kite with a key fastened to it and signed the Declaration of Independence.

你或许知道他是位健壮的秃顶老人,曾经把钥匙系在风筝线上,还签署了《独立宣言》。All that is true,but there is a lot more to know about this man who had so many useful ideas and served his country in so many different ways.

这都是真的,但是关于他还有许多事情有待我们了解,他还有许多有价值的想法,并为自己的国家在许多方面做出了贡献。

Franklin had a practical mind.When he saw a problem,he tried to do something about it.富兰克林擅长实践,一旦发现问题就立即着手解决。

The houses of Philadelphia were built of wood and easily caught fire.

费城的房子都是木制的结构,很容易着火。

Neighbors tried to help each other,but they could do little to save a burning house.

一发生火灾,即使邻里之间都来帮忙救火,也作用不大。

So Franklin organized a fire-fighting company.

因此,富兰克林就组建了一个消防公司。

Philadelphia's fire loss became so low that the first fire-insurance company in the United Sates was soon set up there.

这大大降低了费城的火灾损失,这使美国第一家火灾保险公司得以很快成立了。

Ben Franklin was one of its directors.

富兰克林担任了其中一个部门的经理。

He also persuaded the city to pave and light its streets.

他还说服市政府为城市铺设道路并安装路灯。

Again,the fact that people had trouble keeping their houses warm in winter set Franklin's active mind to work.

此外,富兰克林活跃的思想甚至使他还考虑如何解决人们冬天房间取暖困难这一问题。

He decided that the big fireplaces were to blame.

他判断出问题出在大壁炉这儿,

Because they were set deep into the wall.they did not let enough heat reach the middle of the room.

因为壁炉深深地砌在墙里,热量不能充分散发到房间里。

So he drew some plans and hired an ironworker to make the potbellied Franklin stove.

于是他就画了一张设计图,并雇铁匠按图纸铸造了一个大肚子的炉子--被称为富兰克林炉

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