三十多年前，我在學習《新概念英語》時，特別喜歡其中的一篇文章：A Puma At Large（一隻美洲虎從動物園跑掉了）。
最近，我讀英國文化協會前主席Gerald Lemos 去年出版的書：中國夢的終結（The Eng of The ChineseDream)。其中兩段，也許可以加到《新概念英語》裡面。
The couple who had been instructed to say they lived thereconfirmed that they still farmed a small plot of land. They werealso attending the skills training centre in the village. All inall, they claimed implausibly, they were quite happy with howthings had turned out. My incredulity was expressed inuncharacteristic silence...(In their house,) an enormous televisionand a stereo with huge speakers looked similarly virgin...Theplastic wrapping had not been removed from themattress....(Finally,) the local officials were relieved that thevisit had passed off uneventfully and delighted that they could nowjoin in an excellent meal along with plenty of alcohol at officialexpense; paid for in other words by taxes on the universally poorlocal people.
Behind these closed doors business dinners and banquets take placeout of sight of prying eyes. Relationships are established;promises made; Party officials wooed; bribes agreed; dealsdone.