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This Is A Hot Town

In Observations on November 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

One of the many materials available to Chinese students of English at our high school is a monthly publication called “The World of English” (Yingyu Shijie). The small periodical publishes English short stories side-by-side with their Chinese translations, and also provides footnotes written by a “reading guide” to help explain tough passages.

In the November, 2010 issue, the first story is Hemingway’s “The Killers,” in which two men hijack “Henry’s lunch-room” in an attempt to kill one of the restaurant’s regular patrons. In one passage, the killers try to order drinks:

“Got anything to drink?” Al asked.
“Silver beer, bevo[1], ginger-ale,” George said.
“I mean you got anything to drink[2]?”
“Just those I said.”
“This is a hot[3] town,” said the other. “What do they call it?”

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