104年特種考試地方政府公務人員考試試題 外國文(英文)

一、英譯中:請將下面 Jeff Bezos(傑弗里·貝索斯)部分講稿翻譯成中文。
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 As a kid, I spent my summers with my grandparents on their ranch in Texas. I helped fix
windmills, vaccinate cattle, and do other chores. We also watched soap operas every
afternoon, especially “Days of our Lives.” My grandparents belonged to a Caravan Club, a
group of Airstream trailer owners who travel together around the U.S. and Canada. And
every few summers, we’d join the caravan. We’d hitch up the Airstream trailer to my
grandfather’s car, and off we’d go, in a line with 300 other Airstream adventurers. I loved
and worshipped my grandparents and I really looked forward to these trips. On one
particular trip, I was about 10 years old. I was rolling around in the big bench seat in the
back of the car. My grandfather was driving. And my grandmother had the passenger seat.
She smoked throughout these trips, and I hated the smell.
 At that age, I’d take any excuse to make estimates and do minor arithmetic. I’d calculate
our gas mileage – figure out useless statistics on things like grocery spending. I’d been
hearing an ad campaign about smoking. I can’t remember the details, but basically the ad
said, every puff of a cigarette takes some number of minutes off of your life: I think it
might have been two minutes per puff. At any rate, I decided to do the math for my
grandmother. I estimated the number of cigarettes per day, estimated the number of puffs
per cigarette and so on. When I was satisfied that I’d come up with a reasonable number, I
poked my head into the front of the car, tapped my grandmother on the shoulder, and
proudly proclaimed, “At two minutes per puff, you’ve taken nine years off your life!”
 I have a vivid memory of what happened, and it was not what I expected. I expected to be
applauded for my cleverness and arithmetic skills. “Jeff, you’re so smart. You had to have
made some tricky estimates, figure out the number of minutes in a year and do some
division.” That’s not what happened. Instead, my grandmother burst into tears. I sat in the
backseat and did not know what to do. While my grandmother sat crying, my grandfather,
who had been driving in silence, pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway. He got out
of the car and came around and opened my door and waited for me to follow. Was I in
trouble? My grandfather was a highly intelligent, quiet man. He had never said a harsh
word to me, and maybe this was to be the first time? Or maybe he would ask that I get
back in the car and apologize to my grandmother. I had no experience in this realm with
my grandparents and no way to gauge what the consequences might be. We stopped
beside the trailer. My grandfather looked at me, and after a bit of silence, he gently and
calmly said, “Jeff, one day you’ll understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever.”
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