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This dialogue has been written from a short story by Mark Twain, the American
writer who lived from 1835 to 1910. Some of the language and expressions are
a little different from modern English.
The dialogue takes place at a tailor's shop.
(M=Manager; SA=Shop assistant; C=Customer)
AT THE TAILOR's SHOP
M：There's a customer, Tod. Will you serve him?
SA：I don't know why he's in a tailor's shop. Just look at his clothes!
M：No matter what he's wearing, Tod, just show him the cheapest.
SA：Do you want anything?
C：Yes, please. I want to buy a suit.
SA：Of course. You may find these rather expensive. Weve got some cheaper
ones in the back room. Will you come through to the back, please? ...
Why don't you try this one on?
C：Mmm,it doesn't seem to fit very well.
SA：I'm afraid it's the cheapest one weve got.
C：Very well, Ill take it. Could you wait a few days for the money? I don't
have any small notes on me.
SA：Oh,you haven't? Well, of course, I know that gentlemen like you carry
only large notes.
C：My friend, you shouldn't judge strangers always by the clothes they
wear. I'm quite able to pay for this suit. I just didn't wish to put you
to the trouble of changing a large note.
SA：Why do you think we can't change your note? Of course we can.
C：Oh, very well. Then there is nothing to worry about. I apologize.
(Hands him the note.)
SA：Just a moment and Ill get you your change.(Looks at the note.)Goodness me!
M：Is anything the matter?
C：There isn't any trouble. I'm just waiting for my change.
M：Come, come. Get him his change, Tod.
SA：Get him his change! It's easy to say, sir; but look at the bill yourself.
M：Goodness me! Six zeros! Ive never seen anything like this before.(Gets
very excited.) To sell such a suit as that to a millionaire! Tod's a fool.
Ah, here's the thing I'm after. Please get those things off, sir, and
throw them /into/ the fire. Do me the favor to put on this shirt, and this
suit. Ah, it's just the thing, the very thing! The trousers are all right;
now the jacket; aha, right again! Look at that now, sir! Perfect—the
C：Yes, they fit very well.
M：Quite right, sir, quite right. But wait till you see what well make for
you to your own measure. You can trust us, sir. Let me measure you,
sir, for some suits and some shirts too. ... Now, please have a look at
these materials. I think youll find them much better and much more
C：This material looks nice. And so does this one.
M：A very good choice, sir. You can depend on us, sir. They will be
ready the day after tomorrow.
C：But we still have a problem. I can'tsgroupsthese clothes, unless you can
wait some time, or change this note.
M：I can wait all my life, sir. Tod, you will send these things to the
gentleman's address. Put down the gentleman's address...
C：I'm changing my hotel. Ill drop in and leave the new address.
M：Quite right, sir, quite right. One moment—Let me show you out,
sir. Good day, sir, good day.
1. take place发生
The story took place many years ago.这个故事发生在很多年以前。
辨析：take place多指按计划、安排举行的活动；happen偶然性较强；break out意为“爆发”，多指规模较大的事件，如战争，疾病，灾害，地震等。
2. no matter
No matter what you say, he will not believe you.
Whatever you say, he will not believe you.
This train goes through to Beijing.
4. try on试穿
He is trying on the shoes.他在试穿那双鞋子。
A man should be judged by his deeds, not his words.
Judging by his appearance, he must be over sixty.
6.put sb. to the trouble (of doing sth.)麻烦某人(做某事)
I have to put you to the trouble of sending this letter for me.
I hope weve not put you to any trouble.
What he is after is wealth.
8.do sb. a favour帮某人一个忙
do sb. a favor等于do a favor for sb.如具体到某事时，须把a改为the。表示请人帮忙干某事时，则在此结构后面加不定式短语，即do sb. a favor to do sth.
I won't forget the favor you did for me when I was in difficulty.
Do me the favor to close the window.
Would you do me the favor of carrying the case?
9. to one's own measure照某人自己的尺寸
It seems as if the shoes were made to her own measure.
10.show sb. out送某人出去
After dinner, their boss showed us out of the door.
短语链接：show sb. in领某人进来；show sb. out领某人出去；show sb. /into/ the room领某人进房间；show sb. to the door把某人送到门口；show sb. around(round) a place领某人参观某处；show off炫耀
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