The Americans
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Americans are a peculiar1 people. They work like mad, then give away much of what they earn. They play until they are exhausted2, and call this a vacation. They live to think of themselves as tough-minded business men, yet they are push-overs for any hard luck story. They have the biggest of nearly everything including government, motor cars and debts, yet they are afraid of bigness. They are always trying to chip away at big government, big business, big unions, big influence. They like to think of themselves as little people, average men, and they would like to cut everything down to their own size. Yet they boast of their tall buildings, high mountains, long rivers, big state, the best country, the best world, the best heaven. They also have the most traffic deaths, the most waste, the most racketeering.
When they meet, they are always telling each other, "Take it easy," then they rush off like crazy in opposite directions. They play games as if they were fighting a war, and fight wars as if playing a game. They marry more, go broke more often, and make more money than any other people. They love children, animals, gadgets3, mother, work, excitement, noise, nature, television shows, comedy, installment4 buying, fast motion, spectator sports, the underdog, the flag, Christmas, jazz, shapely women and muscular men, classical recordings5, crowds, comics, cigarettes, warm houses in winter and cool ones in summer, thick beefsteaks, coffee, ice cream, informal dress, plenty of running water, do-it-yourself, and a working week trimmed to forty hours or less.
They crowd their highways with cars while complaining about the traffic, flock to movies and television while griping about the quality and the commercials, go to church but don't care much for sermons, and drink too much in the hope of relaxing - only to find themselves stimulated6 to even bigger dreams.
There is of course, no typical American. But if you added them all together and then divided by 226 000 000 they would look something like what this chapter has tried to portray7.


1 peculiar cinyo     
  1. He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  2. He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
2 exhausted 7taz4r     
  1. It was a long haul home and we arrived exhausted.搬运回家的这段路程特别长,到家时我们已筋疲力尽。
  2. Jenny was exhausted by the hustle of city life.珍妮被城市生活的忙乱弄得筋疲力尽。
3 gadgets 7239f3f3f78d7b7d8bbb906e62f300b4     
n.小机械,小器具( gadget的名词复数 )
  1. Certainly. The idea is not to have a house full of gadgets. 当然。设想是房屋不再充满小配件。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
  2. This meant more gadgets and more experiments. 这意味着要设计出更多的装置,做更多的实验。 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
4 installment 96TxL     
  1. I shall soon pay the last installment of my debt.不久我将偿付我的最后一期债款。
  2. He likes to buy things on the installment plan.他喜欢用分期付款法购买货物。
5 recordings 22f9946cd05973582e73e4e3c0239bb7     
n.记录( recording的名词复数 );录音;录像;唱片
  1. a boxed set of original recordings 一套盒装原声录音带
  2. old jazz recordings reissued on CD 以激光唱片重新发行的老爵士乐
6 stimulated Rhrz78     
  1. The exhibition has stimulated interest in her work. 展览增进了人们对她作品的兴趣。
  2. The award has stimulated her into working still harder. 奖金促使她更加努力地工作。
7 portray mPLxy     
  1. It is difficult to portray feelings in words.感情很难用言语来描写。
  2. Can you portray the best and worst aspects of this job?您能描述一下这份工作最好与最坏的方面吗?
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