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新编大学英语视听说教程第五册听力原文Unit 4

新编大学英语视听说教程第五册听力原文Unit 4

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Unit 4
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Steve is very short and rather fat. He likes to wear bright-colored casual clothes. Last week, he bought a red shirt and an expensive pair of shiny leather shoes. Every week Steve spends his paycheck before he gets another one. Steve enjoys being with people. He's extremely cheerful all the time and likes to tell jokes. People laugh at his jokes, but he laughs even louder. He loves to go to parties. He eats and drinks a lot and is always surrounded by people. He likes to dance and to listen to loud music. At every party he sings all his favorite songs at the top of his voice and dances with all the girls in the room. He's the last one to leave a party. Steve is a typical extrovert. Susan is slightly overweight. She doesn't like the color of her hair, which is brown. Every month, she buys a lot of fashion magazines that show pictures of slim models wearing beautiful clothes. Susan is so busy reading these magazines and watching her favorite TV shows that she often forgets to wash her hair or take care of her clothes. When she reads the magazines, she eats chocolate. When she is not watching TV, she talks for hours on the telephone with her friends. Jennifer is the kind of girl who impresses you at first sight. She has short hair and likes to dress herself like a "handsome" boy. And she looks really "cool" in blue jeans and T-shirt. Adventure stories and romantic love stories are her favorites, of which she can cover 200 pages in an hour and retell everything in vivid detail! As long as Jennifer can get a 60 in physics or computer science or any of the other courses she has little interest in, that's all she cares about. She will not make any effort to get higher marks. Yet, she has never failed in any courses up to now. Harry is of medium height and weight. He looks quite serious with his thick glasses. He often gets creative ideas and is not easily convinced. He's a good student and quite diligent and dreams of getting the first prize this semester. He is usually quiet but is quite talkative when it comes to chess and computer programming and when there are only one or two friends around. Once he was heard to say that he would never fall in love with any girl until he was a success.

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Steve is very short and rather fat. He likes to wear bright-colored casual clothes. Last week, he bought a red shirt and an expensive pair of shiny leather shoes. Every week Steve spends his paycheck before he gets another one. Steve enjoys being with people.

He's extremely cheerful all the time and likes to tell jokes. People laugh at his jokes, but he laughs even louder. He loves to go to parties. He eats and drinks a lot and is always surrounded by people. He likes to dance and to listen to loud music. At every party he sings all his favorite songs at the top of his voice and dances with all the girls in the room. He's the last one to leave a party. Steve is a typical extrovert. Susan is slightly overweight. She doesn't like the color of her hair, which is brown. Every month, she buys a lot of fashion magazines that show pictures of slim models wearing beautiful clothes. Susan is so busy reading these magazines and watching her favorite TV shows that she often forgets to wash her hair or take care of her clothes. When she reads the magazines, she eats chocolate. When she is not watching TV, she talks for hours on the telephone with her friends. Jennifer is the kind of girl who impresses you at first sight. She has short hair and likes to dress herself like a "handsome" boy. And she looks really "cool" in blue jeans and T-shirt. Adventure stories and romantic love stories are her favorites, of which she can cover 200 pages in an hour and retell everything in vivid detail! As long as Jennifer can get a 60 in physics or computer science or any of the other courses she has little interest in, that's all she cares about. She will not make any effort to get higher marks. Yet, she has never failed in any courses up to now. Harry is of medium height and weight. He looks quite serious with his thick glasses. He often gets creative ideas and is not easily convinced. He's a good student and quite diligent and dreams of getting the first prize this semester. He is usually quiet but is quite talkative when it comes to chess and computer programming and when there are only one or two friends around. Once he was heard to say that he would never fall in love with any girl until he was a success.

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Interviewer: Do you have many friends? Shen Mei: Yes, I have many friends and acquaintances but only one of them is very close to me. Interviewer: When did you meet this friend and how did your friendship develop? Shen Mei: We met in our first year in senior middle school, about five years ago. Xiaoqing and I were in the same experimental class. We had a lot more free time than students in the regular classes, so we did many interesting things together. Interviewer: Do you have any close friends at the university? Shen Mei: No, I think friendship takes time to develop. That's probably the main

reason why I haven't made any more close friends here. I'm too busy studying and going to classes. Interviewer: Why do you think you became close friends with that particular girl, rather than other girls in your class? Shen Mei: Well, it was due to a combination of factors. At the beginning, we were both chosen to represent our class in a speech contest, so we worked closely together. Then, I discovered that she was a very honest person and I think honesty is a very important aspect of friendship. Interviewer: Were there any other things that strengthened your friendship? Shen Mei: Yes. We were both on the basketball team, so we spent hours practising together. Teamwork and cooperation certainly made us appreciate each other even more. We also took part in running races; she helped me a lot. She organized a singing contest and I did a lot of things for her. I think helping each other is another important aspect of friendship. Interviewer: Do you still see each other on a daily basis? Shen Mei: No, unfortunately we aren't in the same city now. I passed the entrance examination, but she failed. We were terribly sad, at first. But we are still best friends and that will never change. Interviewer: How would you summarize the difference between a really close friend and other friends? Shen Mei: It's more a question of being a process. Like a flower, real friendship grows day by day. It needs many special ingredients to flourish. Statements: 1. Shen Mei doesn't have many friends. 2. When Shen Mei and Xiaoqing were in the experimental class, they didn't have much free time. 3. It can be inferred that both of them were very athletic in senior middle school. 4. Xiaoqing helped Shen Mei to improve her basketball skills. 5. Xiaoqing organized a singing contest and Shen Mei helped her a lot. 6. They don't see each other on a daily basis because Xiaoqing is at another college. 7. They are still the best friends and will be so forever. 8. According to Shen Mei, real friendship is like a flower, which needs many special ingredients to flourish.

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Interviewer: Do you have many friends?

Shen Mei: Yes, I have many friends and acquaintances but only one of them is very close to me. Interviewer: When did you meet this friend and how did your friendship develop? Shen Mei: We met in our first year in senior middle school, about five years ago. Xiaoqing and I were in the same experimental class. We had a lot more free time than students in the regular classes, so we did many interesting things together. Interviewer: Do you have any close friends at the university? Shen Mei: No, I think friendship takes time to develop. That's probably the main reason why I haven't made any more close friends here. I'm too busy studying and going to classes. Interviewer: Why do you think you became close friends with that particular girl, rather than other girls in your class? Shen Mei: Well, it was due to a combination of factors. At the beginning, we were both chosen to represent our class in a speech contest, so we worked closely together. Then, I discovered that she was a very honest person and I think honesty is a very important aspect of friendship. Interviewer: Were there any other things that strengthened your friendship? Shen Mei: Yes. We were both on the basketball team, so we spent hours practising together. Teamwork and cooperation certainly made us appreciate each other even more. We also took part in running races; she helped me a lot. She organized a singing contest and I did a lot of things for her. I think helping each other is another important aspect of friendship. Interviewer: Do you still see each other on a daily basis? Shen Mei: No, unfortunately we aren't in the same city now. I passed the entrance examination, but she failed. We were terribly sad, at first. But we are still best friends and that will never change. Interviewer: How would you summarize the difference between a really close friend and other friends? Shen Mei: It's more a question of being a process. Like a flower, real friendship grows day by day. It needs many special ingredients to flourish.

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The story goes that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mud and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life." The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now you write on a stone. Why?" The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us we should write it down in the sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in the stone where no wind can ever erase it." Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in the stone. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them. Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget. It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them. Questions: 1. Where did the story take place? 2. What did the person do when he got slapped? 3. What did they decide to do when they found an oasis? 4. What did the person write when he was saved? 5. How did the person feel when the other wrote something on a stone?

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The story goes that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face." They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mud and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life." The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now you write on a stone. Why?" The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us we should write it down in the sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in the stone where no wind can ever erase it." Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in the stone. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them. Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget. It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.

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There once was a little girl who had a bad temper. Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her that every time she lost her temper, she must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. She discovered it was easier to hold her temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the girl didn't lose her temper at all. She told her mother about it and the mother suggested that the girl now pull out one nail for each day that she was able to hold her temper. The days passed and the young girl was finally able to tell her mother that all the nails were gone. The mother took her daughter by the hand and led her to the fence. She said, "You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one." You can hurt a person and it won't matter how many times you say "I'm sorry", the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

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There once was a little girl who had a bad temper. Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her that every time she lost her temper, she must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. She discovered it was easier to hold her temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the girl didn't lose her temper at all. She told her mother about it and the mother suggested that the girl now pull out one nail for each day that she was able to hold her temper. The days passed and the young girl was finally able to tell her mother that all the nails were gone. The mother took her daughter by the hand and led her to the fence. She said, "You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one." You can hurt a person and it won't matter how many times you say "I'm sorry", the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

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Part I Welcome to the Garden of Friendship. We hope you leave your troubles at the gate, and enjoy your stroll through our garden. The Garden of Friendship was planned to bring men and women together on common ground and to provide a network allowing them to meet one another. The Garden of Friendship reaches out to all corners of the globe, so that people can come together to share ideas, spread joy, support one another, and build friendships. Our members come from every color, race and religion and will be shown no discrimination when they walk through the garden. We stand together and support one another. We support each other in our causes, our triumphs and our tribulations, lending a hand whenever it is needed.

The Garden of Friendship is blooming with support, whether you need help with an idea, praise for an accomplishment, support through one of life's hardships, prayers for a friend or family member, and so much more. We stand together showing love and support for one another without prejudice. Any member displaying prejudice, racism, hatred, or bias will have their membership revoked immediately.

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Part II Here is how we define the Garden of Friendship: G is for genuineness; the friendship is just about this A is for always, always here for you R is for respect, for you'll find it does abound D is for durable; it's always around E is for everlasting, as friendships should be N is for nurturing, for this is the key O is for outstanding; you'll find this so true For friendship makes you smile, when you are blue F is for fantastic, the way you'll always feel R is for reliable, now that's a great deal I is for independence, 'cause we're all unique E is for equal, in all we do and speak N is for necessary, 'cause life without friends Does not supply the soul with a purpose to its end S is for support, friends always do, you know H is for happiness when the friendships grow I is for ideas; we share them with each other P is for the privilege of knowing one another

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Part I

Show me that smile again Oh, show me that smile Don't waste another minute living on your crying We're nowhere near the end We're nowhere near The best is ready to begin

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Mike: Dad, can I talk to you as a friend, not as a guy who will make my life miserable? Jason: What's wrong, Mike? Mike: Dad, I gotta know that what I tell you won't be used against me. Jason: OK, what is it? Mike: OK, so I have your word that whatever I say you're not going to... Jason: Mike, just say it, OK? Mike: OK. Me and Eddie and Boner, we ended up at a party where everybody was doing, doing cocaine. Jason: Cocaine? Mike: Wait, you're not my dad, you're a friend! Jason: Cocaine? Really? Mike: Yeah, and if you didn't do it you were a wimp. Jason: Cocaine. Mike: Dad, I never felt so much pressure in my life. Jason: And? Mike: And from Boner and Eddie. Jason: And? Mike: And it was like I didn't even have a choice. Jason: And? Mike: And I didn't do it. Jason: You didn't do what? Mike: I didn't do the stupid drug. Jason: Well, that's great, Mike. That's wonderful. I always figured that you'd make the right choice if you had to face that, and I'm relieved. Mike: Dad, that's not it. Jason: What? Mike: Dad, I've been thinking about this since the party. Dad, I've been driving and driving... Jason: Mike, you did the right thing. Mike: Yeah, that's what kills me. Jason: I don't understand. Mike: Dad, I know I did the right thing. It's just that I feel like everyone's going to laugh at me. And some of those people did laugh. Jason: Well, Mike, you're not going to be able to please everybody. Mike: Yeah. Well, tonight I didn't please anybody. Jason: Except yourself. Mike: Yeah.

Jason: Yeah, what you did tonight took real courage, Mike. I admire you. Mike: Thanks. Jason: Sleep on it. Mike: Good night, Dad. Jason: Good night, Mike. Mike: Thanks, Dad.

Statements: 1. Mike and his father, Jason, were talking like friends. 2. It was with Boner alone that Mike went to the party. 3. Jason felt relieved after hearing the right choice Mike's friends had made. 4. Mike was laughed at by some people at the party because he didn't take the cocaine. 5. Jason hopes that Mike could please everybody.

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Part II Mike: You know a lot of people tell you that drugs are cool and they're the same people who are saying that everybody is doing something, so what's your problem? Well, they're wrong. Everybody's not doing drugs and you don't have to do it to be cool. Look, I'm not telling you how to live your lives, but I am telling you that you don't have to do something you don't want to do just to keep your friends happy. I mean, if that's the way that they feel, then maybe they're not your friends. And maybe they're not as cool as you thought they were. And one last thing, I'm not being paid to say this. This is how I feel and if you think that makes me uncool, then you're wrong.

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Be a Friend by Edgar Guest Be a friend. You don't need money, Just a disposition sunny; Just the wish to help another

Get along some way or other; Just a kindly hand extended Out to one who's unbefriended; Just the will to give or lend, This will make you someone's friend.

Be a friend. You don't need glory. Friendship is a simple story. Pass by trifling errors blindly, Gaze on honest effort kindly, Cheer the youth who's bravely trying, Pity him who's sadly sighing; Just a little labor spend On the duties of a friend.

Be a friend. The pay is bigger (Though not written by a figure) Than is earned by people clever In what's merely self-endeavor. You'll have friends instead of neighbors For the profits of your labors; You'll be richer in the end Than a prince, if you're a friend.

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If there is one old saying that will forever be true, it is that good friends are hard to find. Friends come and go, and very few of them you have right now will be your friends ten years from now. So often, we expect friendships to last forever, and we get hurt when they don't. I know I've spent a lot of time in my life feeling hurt because people I thought were good friends turned out not to be or simply lost touch. It is hard not to be hurt and when a friend leaves it feels like a part of yourself has gone too. There isn't much you can do to prevent this or make it feel any better. The best thing to do is to try to find friends that you know will be good friends. Don't just try to make friends with every member of a particular group, and don't make friends because you are seeking popularity. The best friendships are based on common interests and mutual concern. It is easy to find a bunch of people to hang out with and to gossip with or joke around with. It is hard to find a true friend. Think about all of the friends you have right now. You probably can't even count them. Now, think about the people you know that you could call at three in the morning to come and get you out of trouble. I'll bet you can count those people on one hand. Those are the friends you need to hang on to, because in a few years all of the others will probably be gone. Questions: 1. What is the old saying mentioned at the beginning of the passage? 2. What do we feel when friendships don't last forever? 3. How can we avoid feeling bad when losing friends? 4. What are the best friendships based on according to the passage? 5. According to the author, how many true friends does each of us have at most?

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Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles.

Since they were going the same way, Mark helped to carry the burden. As they walked, he discovered that the boy's name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball, and history, that he was having a lot of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend. They arrived at Bill's home first and Mark was invited in for a coke and to watch some TV. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice. They ended up at the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long-awaited senior year came and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk. Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. "Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things from school that day?" asked Bill. "You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn't want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother's sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books for me that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life!"

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Scene 1: In a sports shop

(It is Sunday afternoon. Allen and Oliver are looking for a gift for Allen's

girlfriend, Pauline.)
Allen: Oliver, what if I send Pauline this schoolbag? Oliver: A good gift. But... if I were you, I would choose something different. Allen: Why? Oliver: According to what I hear, girls prefer something romantic. They would like boys to send them roses every day, instead of giving them something more practical. Allen: Mm, I see your point. Did you learn it from your girlfriends on-line? Oliver: Yes. But I can't remember who, Amy, Sandy, Rose or Cinderella? Allen: Yeah, you are great! Oliver: Hey, look at that girl! Is that Wendy? Come on, let's go see her. (Allen walks over after Oliver.) Hi, Wendy.

Wendy: Hi, Oliver. I'm so glad to see you. Oliver: This is my roommate Allen. Wendy: Hi, Allen. Nice to meet you. Allen: Nice to meet you. Oliver: (He notices Wendy carries a lot of shopping bags and points to them.) Why have you bought so many things? Wendy: In fact, they're birthday gifts for my best friends Alice, Lily and Phyllip. Our friendship has lasted for almost ten years. You know, I spent the whole day looking for the gifts. And I find these—they're perfect. My friends are going to be so happy. Actually, would you be able to give me a hand? I can hardly take them back to my dorm. Oliver: (He says hesitantly.) Oh, well... Allen: (He says joyfully.) I'd be glad to. We can carry some of your bags. We don't charge much. We charge nothing, don't we? (He winks at Oliver and takes some

bags from Wendy.)
Oliver: Now I find one advantage of having e-friends, I mean, friends on-line. It's more simple. The only thing I need to do with my friends is to put words into the computer and read the reply. I don't have to worry about whether I have bought the right gift or whether I've got enough gifts for all my friends. Wendy: Maybe that's a good idea. But what's the point of friendship if friends mean only a few images and messages on-line? I'll feel disappointed if I get nothing from my friends in the real world, though I'd admit it's enjoyable to talk with them in the chat room. Allen: I agree with you, Wendy. Sending gifts is more than just telling someone that you like them. It's a way of saying "thank you for being my friend". Wendy: Wonderful, Allen, you sound like a philosopher. You expressed something that is in my mind but I can't express myself. Allen: How about a coffee? Oliver: Sounds good. (The three of them walk out of the shop.) Scene 2: In a cafe (Wendy's roommate Cathy is browsing the Internet. She is in low spirits.)

Wendy: Hi, Cathy. Didn't you have an appointment with Robin Hood today? How did it go? Cathy: Couldn't have been worse. I waited for the whole weekend. He never showed up. And now all I can do is wait and wait and wait... Wendy: Now you see how unreliable e-friends are. This is what can be expected from e-friendships. Oliver, what do you say?

Oliver: It's not that unusual in real life. Maybe he's just busy. Allen: Or maybe he'll never show up. Oliver: Cheer up, Cathy. Why don't you talk to somebody else? You'll make a better friend than Robin Hood. I still say that making friends on-line is the best way. It never disappoints me. Wendy: Come on, Oliver, I don't understand you! Why do you stick to e-friends so much? Oliver: I don't know. Maybe it's because I'm the only child in my family. I'm not good at making friends. I think that making friends on-line has advantages over personal friendships. Wendy: Really? I'm all ears. Oliver: Well, it's easy to find somebody to talk to in the chat room. If I just log on and say hello, there will be a guy who pops up and enjoys chatting with me and then we meet from time to time and we become e-friends. But in real life, according to my experience, it's more difficult. Nowadays people are so busy. Allen: How can you share friendships with people you don't know? You can never know their... true looks, true names, backgrounds or even true sexes. Oliver: I don't need to know their real life. I just take it for granted that the information they give me is true. It's more fun to keep friends in a virtual world. You know, one thing we expect our friends to do is to listen to our inner heart. We need other people to share our happiness, for instance. As you know, happiness shared is happiness multiplied. Cathy: I agree with you. We girls like to talk with others in times of anxiety and misery. But of our personal friends, who can always keep a secret for us? I would be so embarrassed if some of my friends revealed my secrets. It could lead to trouble or even disaster if we chose to talk to the wrong people. Oliver: But I'm happy with my e-friends. It doesn't threaten me if they talk to other people. They only know my e-name, and they don't know anything about my real life. Wendy: It sounds plausible. But don't you think that e-friendships are easy to break? Suppose your e-friends disappear from the chat room, just as your Robin Hood did, Cathy, the friendships would be gone without a trace. Cathy: I don't think that's a problem. As a matter of fact, friendships in real life are no stronger than friendships on-line. What if you stop writing letters, sending gifts or even making calls to each other? Would the friendship last then? Wendy: I don't think friendship will disappear if that kind of thing really happens, it only fossilizes. After all, all the letters and gifts would be there and they would remind me of the happy moments we once had. Allen: In fact, we can call and even go to visit their house to ask a real-life friend why they didn't show up. I would be relieved to know the truth, whatever it was. Cathy: I think it's not a real friendship any more if either person feels uncomfortable

in the relationship. Oliver: Yes, I think, in this sense, e-friendships are likely to be less risky than personal friendships. We often find that friendships become complicated for many reasons. Allen: But to me, it would be awful if my friends were all on-line. However convenient it is, I can't count on them as true friends. Wendy: Yes. Remember, Cathy, when you twisted your ankle last month? What would have happened to you without your real friends? Cathy: Don't get me wrong. Oliver and I just think that e-friendships are less risky in some ways, but we would never suggest that people give up making real-life friends. Am I right, Oliver? ...

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Scene 1: In a sports shop

(It is Sunday afternoon. Allen and Oliver are looking for a gift for Allen's

girlfriend, Pauline.)
Allen: Oliver, what if I send Pauline this schoolbag? Oliver: A good gift. But... if I were you, I would choose something different. Allen: Why? Oliver: According to what I hear, girls prefer something romantic. They would like boys to send them roses every day, instead of giving them something more practical. Allen: Mm, I see your point. Did you learn it from your girlfriends on-line? Oliver: Yes. But I can't remember who, Amy, Sandy, Rose or Cinderella? Allen: Yeah, you are great! Oliver: Hey, look at that girl! Is that Wendy? Come on, let's go see her. (Allen walks over after Oliver.) Hi, Wendy. Wendy: Hi, Oliver. I'm so glad to see you. Oliver: This is my roommate Allen. Wendy: Hi, Allen. Nice to meet you. Allen: Nice to meet you. Oliver: (He notices Wendy carries a lot of shopping bags and points to them.) Why have you bought so many things? Wendy: In fact, they're birthday gifts for my best friends Alice, Lily and Phyllip. Our friendship has lasted for almost ten years. You know, I spent the whole day

looking for the gifts. And I find these—they're perfect. My friends are going to be so happy. Actually, would you be able to give me a hand? I can hardly take them back to my dorm. Oliver: (He says hesitantly.) Oh, well... Allen: (He says joyfully.) I'd be glad to. We can carry some of your bags. We don't charge much. We charge nothing, don't we? (He winks at Oliver and takes some

bags from Wendy.)
Oliver: Now I find one advantage of having e-friends, I mean, friends on-line. It's more simple. The only thing I need to do with my friends is to put words into the computer and read the reply. I don't have to worry about whether I have bought the right gift or whether I've got enough gifts for all my friends. Wendy: Maybe that's a good idea. But what's the point of friendship if friends mean only a few images and messages on-line? I'll feel disappointed if I get nothing from my friends in the real world, though I'd admit it's enjoyable to talk with them in the chat room. Allen: I agree with you, Wendy. Sending gifts is more than just telling someone that you like them. It's a way of saying "thank you for being my friend". Wendy: Wonderful, Allen, you sound like a philosopher. You expressed something that is in my mind but I can't express myself. Allen: How about a coffee? Oliver: Sounds good. (The three of them walk out of the shop.) Scene 2: In a cafe (Wendy's roommate Cathy is browsing the Internet. She is in low spirits.)

Wendy: Hi, Cathy. Didn't you have an appointment with Robin Hood today? How did it go? Cathy: Couldn't have been worse. I waited for the whole weekend. He never showed up. And now all I can do is wait and wait and wait... Wendy: Now you see how unreliable e-friends are. This is what can be expected from e-friendships. Oliver, what do you say? Oliver: It's not that unusual in real life. Maybe he's just busy. Allen: Or maybe he'll never show up. Oliver: Cheer up, Cathy. Why don't you talk to somebody else? You'll make a better friend than Robin Hood. I still say that making friends on-line is the best way. It never disappoints me. Wendy: Come on, Oliver, I don't understand you! Why do you stick to e-friends so much? Oliver: I don't know. Maybe it's because I'm the only child in my family. I'm not good

at making friends. I think that making friends on-line has advantages over personal friendships. Wendy: Really? I'm all ears. Oliver: Well, it's easy to find somebody to talk to in the chat room. If I just log on and say hello, there will be a guy who pops up and enjoys chatting with me and then we meet from time to time and we become e-friends. But in real life, according to my experience, it's more difficult. Nowadays people are so busy. Allen: How can you share friendships with people you don't know? You can never know their... true looks, true names, backgrounds or even true sexes. Oliver: I don't need to know their real life. I just take it for granted that the information they give me is true. It's more fun to keep friends in a virtual world. You know, one thing we expect our friends to do is to listen to our inner heart. We need other people to share our happiness, for instance. As you know, happiness shared is happiness multiplied. Cathy: I agree with you. We girls like to talk with others in times of anxiety and misery. But of our personal friends, who can always keep a secret for us? I would be so embarrassed if some of my friends revealed my secrets. It could lead to trouble or even disaster if we chose to talk to the wrong people. Oliver: But I'm happy with my e-friends. It doesn't threaten me if they talk to other people. They only know my e-name, and they don't know anything about my real life. Wendy: It sounds plausible. But don't you think that e-friendships are easy to break? Suppose your e-friends disappear from the chat room, just as your Robin Hood did, Cathy, the friendships would be gone without a trace. Cathy: I don't think that's a problem. As a matter of fact, friendships in real life are no stronger than friendships on-line. What if you stop writing letters, sending gifts or even making calls to each other? Would the friendship last then? Wendy: I don't think friendship will disappear if that kind of thing really happens, it only fossilizes. After all, all the letters and gifts would be there and they would remind me of the happy moments we once had. Allen: In fact, we can call and even go to visit their house to ask a real-life friend why they didn't show up. I would be relieved to know the truth, whatever it was. Cathy: I think it's not a real friendship any more if either person feels uncomfortable in the relationship. Oliver: Yes, I think, in this sense, e-friendships are likely to be less risky than personal friendships. We often find that friendships become complicated for many reasons. Allen: But to me, it would be awful if my friends were all on-line. However convenient it is, I can't count on them as true friends. Wendy: Yes. Remember, Cathy, when you twisted your ankle last month? What would have happened to you without your real friends?

Cathy: Don't get me wrong. Oliver and I just think that e-friendships are less risky in some ways, but we would never suggest that people give up making real-life friends. Am I right, Oliver? ...


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