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She relished1 the novelty and thrill

of having been summoned

to this prestigious2 man's home.

The sheer beauty of the place

far surpassed her expectations.

However, she was becoming suspicious

about the reason for this visit.

Now that she had received

an orientation3 to his home,

and notwithstanding her first impressions

of the man, she was anxious

to learn why she was here.

What could a mere4 reporter

do for this rich, influential5 man?

He began to speak soberly,

contradicting his earlier spontaneity.

“I will tell you a story

you may have difficulty believing,”

he said, softly. “I was

not born into this lifestyle.

It is ironic6 that there is

such a discrepancy7 between

what I was and what I am.

My father left the United States

when I was about two years old.

He ran a junk store

in the slums of Winnipeg

when I was a kid.

He was a vulgar man

but he knew how to

fool people into thinking

they were buying something

rare or valuable. It was

under his tutelag that

I learned to be a fraud.”

I decided8 at an early age

that if there was

a shortcut9 to success,

I could bypass the complications

of getting there by

the conventional methods. I was

like a hurricane, rushing forward

without consideration for the rules.

If it's any consolation10,

I didn't intentionally11 harm anyone

in the process. I was able

to stay within the parameters12

of the law, but just barely.

I bought and sold used furniture

before going into the antique business.

When I bought, I always

paid a fraction of the potential

worth of the goods.

When I sold, I always

made a profit. I was able

to upgrade my stock with

almost every transaction. In time,

I had a warehouse13 full

of merchandise.I didn't

flatter myself by thinking

I hadn't muddied the waters a bit.

I knew I had probably

stepped on a few toes, but

I was on a roll. I had

the momentum14 and rejoiced

in my success. As long as

the money kept coming in,

anything was permissible15.

One day, I received a visit

from a rather important patron

of the arts. He had an

interesting proposition for me.

He held the patent and trademark16

for the prototype of

an innovative17 way to determine

the age of a painting

using ultraviolet light. He would

sell them to me for

the nominal18 fee of a nickel

if I would reciprocate19 by

doing him a favor. I was

to include one of his

personal paintings in my next shipment

of antiques going to New York.

At first, I thought he was

mocking me, but he gave

me his oath that he just

wanted to ensure the painting

would arrive at its destination safely,

and, because it would be

a part of an antique shipment,

it would be exempt20 from import duty.

It was a provocative21 offer,

and even though I remained skeptical22,

I agreed.A few days later,

a crated24 painting arrived and

was added to my goods

ready for delivery to New York.

I had always subscribed25 to

the theory that if something appeared

to be too good to be true,

it probably was. However,

my greed prevailed and

the painting was on its way.

I was unaware26 at the time

that my fortunes were about

to go into a downward spiral.

My benefactor27, it turned out,

was a man with a grudge28

against me. Irrespective of the fact

that I felt a deal

we had made years before

had been fair, he felt

I had cheated him.

I was about to be

the recipient29 of his wrath30.

When my agent in New York

went to customs to retrieve31

the shipment, he was greeted

by a squad32 of police waiting

to detain him on

charges of smuggling33 cocaine34.

It appeared there was a bit

of a discrepancy between

what I was told was in

the crate23 and the actual contents.

The drugs were in

a hidden compartment35 in the crate.

I admit it was naive36

of me to believe

I had no enemies,

but I didn't know anyone

would go to this degree

to prove how much he despised me.

Hitherto, I had gone through

life thinking that when two people

agreed to a deal, if one of

them got the better of the other,

it was fair, because they did agree.

Now I was learning that if

you take advantage of some people,

even with their permission,

you aggravate37 them to seek revenge.

I can't refute my recklessness.

Almost seven years have

elapsed since that time.

My agent took responsibility

for the crime and went

to jail for five years.

I felt guilty as hell,

but I continued to pay him

by sending the money to his family.

I even withheld39 extra

in a bonus account to give

to him when he was released.

I also gave up my business

and began to help others

start their businesses. In time,

the guilt38 I felt subsided40.

I put my energies into stepping

into the breach41 to help

those less fortunate than I.

To my amazement42, my luck started

to fluctuate upward and I flourished.

All you see here today,

I have accumulated since that time.

Now, it seems, my enemy

has decided to reclaim43

his power over me.

He has reported the crime

and the erroneous imprisonment44 of my

agent and named me as

the person responsible for the offence.

I had never changed my citizenship45,

so the F.B.I. wants me

deported46 so they can

prosecute47 me in New York.

I hope I can induce you,

through your column, to tell my story.

Next week I have to appear before

a magistrate48 for the preliminary hearing.

If I'm not mistaken, public pressure

might enable me to

avoid deportation49 at least.

I am more likely to get

a fair trial here than there.

My record as a good citizen

may offset50 the perception that

I may be a criminal.

What do you think? Will you help?

Kate had listened to this synopsis51

in silence but her outrage52

was building. While his story

seemed plausible53, this plea

for her assistance didn't quite fit.

With his financial resources,

he could hire the best

legal team in the country.

She realized she had to

detach herself from her first impressions

and extract fact from fiction.

Why didn't she believe him?

Suddenly, it came to her.

Exposition of this version

of Victor's tale would not only

gain him public sympathy, it would

invalidate any testimony54 against him.

Nothing could constrain55 her

when she realized she had literally56

been taken in by his story.

“If you were innocent,

why weren't you the defendant57?

If you were innocent

all those years ago,

why did your agent

go to prison for you?

Why did it take so long for

your enemy to turn you in?

The statute58 of limitations

for that offence has expired.

I believe this has been

a pathetic attempt to get me

to mediate59 your case in the press.

I think you have always been

an integral player in

the criminal world and your past

has caught up with you.

My cardinal60 sin was allowing myself

to be reeled in by your tales

of what a model citizen you are.”

Kate could feel herself

getting dizzy and light-headed,

surprised by the audacity61 she had,

talking to anyone in that manner.

Before she lost complete control,

she would have to

get out of there.

She stood, turned, and

marched toward the door.

As she began to open

the front door, she looked back.

Victor stood beside his chair,

pale and shaken. “You admitted

you were a fraud in your youth.

You are still a fraud!

I will write your story...

my version! My guess is that

the eventual62 verdict will be‘guilty’!”


1 relished c700682884b4734d455673bc9e66a90c     
v.欣赏( relish的过去式和过去分词 );从…获得乐趣;渴望
  • The chaplain relished the privacy and isolation of his verdant surroundings. 牧师十分欣赏他那苍翠的环境所具有的幽雅恬静,与世隔绝的气氛。 来自辞典例句
  • Dalleson relished the first portion of the work before him. 达尔生对眼前这工作的前半部分满有兴趣。 来自辞典例句
2 prestigious nQ2xn     
  • The young man graduated from a prestigious university.这个年轻人毕业于一所名牌大学。
  • You may even join a prestigious magazine as a contributing editor.甚至可能会加入一个知名杂志做编辑。
3 orientation IJ4xo     
  • Children need some orientation when they go to school.小孩子上学时需要适应。
  • The traveller found his orientation with the aid of a good map.旅行者借助一幅好地图得知自己的方向。
4 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
5 influential l7oxK     
  • He always tries to get in with the most influential people.他总是试图巴结最有影响的人物。
  • He is a very influential man in the government.他在政府中是个很有影响的人物。
6 ironic 1atzm     
  • That is a summary and ironic end.那是一个具有概括性和讽刺意味的结局。
  • People used to call me Mr Popularity at high school,but they were being ironic.人们中学时常把我称作“万人迷先生”,但他们是在挖苦我。
7 discrepancy ul3zA     
  • The discrepancy in their ages seemed not to matter.他们之间年龄的差异似乎没有多大关系。
  • There was a discrepancy in the two reports of the accident.关于那次事故的两则报道有不一致之处。
8 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
9 shortcut Cyswg     
  • He was always looking for a shortcut to fame and fortune.他总是在找成名发财的捷径。
  • If you take the shortcut,it will be two li closer.走抄道去要近2里路。
10 consolation WpbzC     
  • The children were a great consolation to me at that time.那时孩子们成了我的莫大安慰。
  • This news was of little consolation to us.这个消息对我们来说没有什么安慰。
11 intentionally 7qOzFn     
  • I didn't say it intentionally. 我是无心说的。
  • The local authority ruled that he had made himself intentionally homeless and was therefore not entitled to be rehoused. 当地政府裁定他是有意居无定所,因此没有资格再获得提供住房。
12 parameters 166e64f6c3677d0c513901242a3e702d     
因素,特征; 界限; (限定性的)因素( parameter的名词复数 ); 参量; 参项; 决定因素
  • We have to work within the parameters of time. 我们的工作受时间所限。
  • See parameters.cpp for a compilable example. This is part of the Spirit distribution. 可编译例子见parameters.cpp.这是Spirit分发包的组成部分。
13 warehouse 6h7wZ     
  • We freighted the goods to the warehouse by truck.我们用卡车把货物运到仓库。
  • The manager wants to clear off the old stocks in the warehouse.经理想把仓库里积压的存货处理掉。
14 momentum DjZy8     
  • We exploit the energy and momentum conservation laws in this way.我们就是这样利用能量和动量守恒定律的。
  • The law of momentum conservation could supplant Newton's third law.动量守恒定律可以取代牛顿第三定律。
15 permissible sAIy1     
  • Is smoking permissible in the theatre?在剧院里允许吸烟吗?
  • Delay is not permissible,even for a single day.不得延误,即使一日亦不可。
16 trademark Xndw8     
  • The trademark is registered on the book of the Patent Office.该商标已在专利局登记注册。
  • The trademark of the pen was changed.这钢笔的商标改了。
17 innovative D6Vxq     
  • Discover an innovative way of marketing.发现一个创新的营销方式。
  • He was one of the most creative and innovative engineers of his generation.他是他那代人当中最富创造性与革新精神的工程师之一。
18 nominal Y0Tyt     
  • The king was only the nominal head of the state. 国王只是这个国家名义上的元首。
  • The charge of the box lunch was nominal.午餐盒饭收费很少。
19 reciprocate ZA5zG     
  • Although she did not reciprocate his feelings, she did not discourage him.尽管她没有回应他的感情,她也没有使他丧失信心。
  • Some day I will reciprocate your kindness to me.总有一天我会报答你对我的恩德。
20 exempt wmgxo     
  • These goods are exempt from customs duties.这些货物免征关税。
  • He is exempt from punishment about this thing.关于此事对他已免于处分。
21 provocative e0Jzj     
  • She wore a very provocative dress.她穿了一件非常性感的裙子。
  • His provocative words only fueled the argument further.他的挑衅性讲话只能使争论进一步激化。
22 skeptical MxHwn     
  • Others here are more skeptical about the chances for justice being done.这里的其他人更为怀疑正义能否得到伸张。
  • Her look was skeptical and resigned.她的表情是将信将疑而又无可奈何。
23 crate 6o1zH     
  • We broke open the crate with a blow from the chopper.我们用斧头一敲就打开了板条箱。
  • The workers tightly packed the goods in the crate.工人们把货物严紧地包装在箱子里。
24 crated 6e14610a8d7866e6af1450f9efab1145     
把…装入箱中( crate的过去式 )
  • If I know Rhoda she's already crated and boxed them out of sight. 如果没猜错罗达的脾气,我相信她已经把它们装了箱放到一边了。
  • Tanks must be completely drained of fuel before the vehicles are crated. 车辆在装箱前必须把油箱里的燃油完全排干。
25 subscribed cb9825426eb2cb8cbaf6a72027f5508a     
v.捐助( subscribe的过去式和过去分词 );签署,题词;订阅;同意
  • It is not a theory that is commonly subscribed to. 一般人并不赞成这个理论。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I subscribed my name to the document. 我在文件上签了字。 来自《简明英汉词典》
26 unaware Pl6w0     
  • They were unaware that war was near. 他们不知道战争即将爆发。
  • I was unaware of the man's presence. 我没有察觉到那人在场。
27 benefactor ZQEy0     
n. 恩人,行善的人,捐助人
  • The chieftain of that country is disguised as a benefactor this time. 那个国家的首领这一次伪装出一副施恩者的姿态。
  • The first thing I did, was to recompense my original benefactor, my good old captain. 我所做的第一件事, 就是报答我那最初的恩人, 那位好心的老船长。
28 grudge hedzG     
  • I grudge paying so much for such inferior goods.我不愿花这么多钱买次品。
  • I do not grudge him his success.我不嫉妒他的成功。
29 recipient QA8zF     
a.接受的,感受性强的 n.接受者,感受者,容器
  • Please check that you have a valid email certificate for each recipient. 请检查是否对每个接收者都有有效的电子邮件证书。
  • Colombia is the biggest U . S aid recipient in Latin America. 哥伦比亚是美国在拉丁美洲最大的援助对象。
30 wrath nVNzv     
  • His silence marked his wrath. 他的沉默表明了他的愤怒。
  • The wrath of the people is now aroused. 人们被激怒了。
31 retrieve ZsYyp     
  • He was determined to retrieve his honor.他决心恢复名誉。
  • The men were trying to retrieve weapons left when the army abandoned the island.士兵们正试图找回军队从该岛撤退时留下的武器。
32 squad 4G1zq     
  • The squad leader ordered the men to mark time.班长命令战士们原地踏步。
  • A squad is the smallest unit in an army.班是军队的最小构成单位。
33 smuggling xx8wQ     
  • Some claimed that the docker's union fronted for the smuggling ring.某些人声称码头工人工会是走私集团的掩护所。
  • The evidence pointed to the existence of an international smuggling network.证据表明很可能有一个国际走私网络存在。
34 cocaine VbYy4     
  • That young man is a cocaine addict.那个年轻人吸食可卡因成瘾。
  • Don't have cocaine abusively.不可滥服古柯碱。
35 compartment dOFz6     
  • We were glad to have the whole compartment to ourselves.真高兴,整个客车隔间由我们独享。
  • The batteries are safely enclosed in a watertight compartment.电池被安全地置于一个防水的隔间里。
36 naive yFVxO     
  • It's naive of you to believe he'll do what he says.相信他会言行一致,你未免太单纯了。
  • Don't be naive.The matter is not so simple.你别傻乎乎的。事情没有那么简单。
37 aggravate Gxkzb     
  • Threats will only aggravate her.恐吓只能激怒她。
  • He would only aggravate the injury by rubbing it.他揉擦伤口只会使伤势加重。
38 guilt 9e6xr     
  • She tried to cover up her guilt by lying.她企图用谎言掩饰自己的罪行。
  • Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.别因为功课责备孩子而使他觉得很内疚。
39 withheld f9d7381abd94e53d1fbd8a4e53915ec8     
  • I withheld payment until they had fulfilled the contract. 他们履行合同后,我才付款。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • There was no school play because the principal withheld his consent. 由于校长没同意,学校里没有举行比赛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
40 subsided 1bda21cef31764468020a8c83598cc0d     
v.(土地)下陷(因在地下采矿)( subside的过去式和过去分词 );减弱;下降至较低或正常水平;一下子坐在椅子等上
  • After the heavy rains part of the road subsided. 大雨过后,部分公路塌陷了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • By evening the storm had subsided and all was quiet again. 傍晚, 暴风雨已经过去,四周开始沉寂下来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
41 breach 2sgzw     
  • We won't have any breach of discipline.我们不允许任何破坏纪律的现象。
  • He was sued for breach of contract.他因不履行合同而被起诉。
42 amazement 7zlzBK     
  • All those around him looked at him with amazement.周围的人都对他投射出惊异的眼光。
  • He looked at me in blank amazement.他带着迷茫惊诧的神情望着我。
43 reclaim NUWxp     
  • I have tried to reclaim my money without success.我没能把钱取回来。
  • You must present this ticket when you reclaim your luggage.当你要取回行李时,必须出示这张票子。
44 imprisonment I9Uxk     
  • His sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment.他的判决由死刑减为无期徒刑。
  • He was sentenced to one year's imprisonment for committing bigamy.他因为犯重婚罪被判入狱一年。
45 citizenship AV3yA     
  • He was born in Sweden,but he doesn't have Swedish citizenship.他在瑞典出生,但没有瑞典公民身分。
  • Ten years later,she chose to take Australian citizenship.十年后,她选择了澳大利亚国籍。
46 deported 97686e795f0449007421091b03c3297e     
v.将…驱逐出境( deport的过去式和过去分词 );举止
  • They stripped me of my citizenship and deported me. 他们剥夺我的公民资格,将我驱逐出境。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The convicts were deported to a deserted island. 罪犯们被流放到一个荒岛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
47 prosecute d0Mzn     
  • I am trying my best to prosecute my duties.我正在尽力履行我的职责。
  • Is there enough evidence to prosecute?有没有起诉的足够证据?
48 magistrate e8vzN     
  • The magistrate committed him to prison for a month.法官判处他一个月监禁。
  • John was fined 1000 dollars by the magistrate.约翰被地方法官罚款1000美元。
49 deportation Nwjx6     
  • The government issued a deportation order against the four men.政府发出了对那4名男子的驱逐令。
  • Years ago convicted criminals in England could face deportation to Australia.很多年以前,英国已定罪的犯人可能被驱逐到澳大利亚。
50 offset mIZx8     
  • Their wage increases would be offset by higher prices.他们增加的工资会被物价上涨所抵消。
  • He put up his prices to offset the increased cost of materials.他提高了售价以补偿材料成本的增加。
51 synopsis 3FDyY     
  • The synopsis of the book is very good.这本书的梗概非常好。
  • I heard there wasn't a script.They only had a synopsis.我听说是没有剧本的。他们只有一个大纲。
52 outrage hvOyI     
  • When he heard the news he reacted with a sense of outrage.他得悉此事时义愤填膺。
  • We should never forget the outrage committed by the Japanese invaders.我们永远都不应该忘记日本侵略者犯下的暴行。
53 plausible hBCyy     
  • His story sounded plausible.他说的那番话似乎是真实的。
  • Her story sounded perfectly plausible.她的说辞听起来言之有理。
54 testimony zpbwO     
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
55 constrain xpCzL     
  • She tried to constrain herself from a cough in class.上课时她竭力忍住不咳嗽。
  • The study will examine the factors which constrain local economic growth.这项研究将考查抑制当地经济发展的因素。
56 literally 28Wzv     
  • He translated the passage literally.他逐字逐句地翻译这段文字。
  • Sometimes she would not sit down till she was literally faint.有时候,她不走到真正要昏厥了,决不肯坐下来。
57 defendant mYdzW     
  • The judge rejected a bribe from the defendant's family.法官拒收被告家属的贿赂。
  • The defendant was borne down by the weight of evidence.有力的证据使被告认输了。
58 statute TGUzb     
  • Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute.保障消费者利益已在法令里作了规定。
  • The next section will consider this environmental statute in detail.下一部分将详细论述环境法令的问题。
59 mediate yCjxl     
  • The state must mediate the struggle for water resources.政府必须通过调解来解决对水资源的争夺。
  • They may be able to mediate between parties with different interests.他们也许能在不同利益政党之间进行斡旋。
60 cardinal Xcgy5     
  • This is a matter of cardinal significance.这是非常重要的事。
  • The Cardinal coloured with vexation. 红衣主教感到恼火,脸涨得通红。
61 audacity LepyV     
  • He had the audacity to ask for an increase in salary.他竟然厚着脸皮要求增加薪水。
  • He had the audacity to pick pockets in broad daylight.他竟敢在光天化日之下掏包。
62 eventual AnLx8     
  • Several schools face eventual closure.几所学校面临最终关闭。
  • Both parties expressed optimism about an eventual solution.双方对问题的最终解决都表示乐观。
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