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31. Shopping in the Dime Store 在低价商店购物
A: Do you carry black ink?
B: The ink should be next to the paper clips and thumb tacks in the stationary section, sir.
A: I've looked, but I didn't see any black ink.
B: Then I'm afraid there's none in stock.
A: Well, I'll settle for blue-black. I'll also take a dozen airmail envelopes.
B: They come in packages of ten or twenty.
A: Give me a package of twenty, then. And where do I find shoelaces?
B: On counter three.
A: Thank you. I never can find my way around this store.
B: I know. It took me three weeks, and I work here.
Dime store 一角商店(美国出售低价小商品的百货店)
In stock 有货
Settle for-be satisfied with
Find my way around 找得到应去的地方
32. Trading Stamps 用赠券换东西
A: Every time I go to the grocery, the clerk asks me if I save stamps. I always say no, but sometimes I get them anyway.
B: Oh, never turn them down. You can always find someone who'll take them. People spend hours pasting them in little books, and when a book is full, they drive miles to a redemption center where the stamps can be traded for things like pillow cases, or playing cards, or garden tools. But you have to save millions of them to get anything worth having.
Turn them down-refuse them
Redemption center 用赠券换取礼品的商店
33. Best Seller 畅销书
A: What's that book you have under your arm?
B: It's the best seller everone's been talking about for the last six months.
A: How in the world did you get a copy? I've had a hold in at the public library for weeks, and I'm still waiting my turn.
B: I checked it out of the rental library. It only costs five cents a day.
A: Is it really worth paying for?
B: I can't tell yet. I haven't got beyond the first chapter.
A: If it's any good, I'll buy a copy when it comes out in the pocket edition.
Best seller 畅销书(或物品，但常指书)
Had a hold in 预订(借阅)
Rental library 出租书籍的图书馆
Can't tell-cannot be certain
Pocket edition 价格较低的平装书