The Old Man and His Sons
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  AN Old Man, afflicted1 with a family of contentious2 Sons, brought in
a bundle of sticks and asked the young men to break it.  After
repeated efforts they confessed that it could not be done. 
"Behold," said the Old Man, "the advantage of unity3; as long as
these sticks are in alliance they are invincible4, but observe how
feeble they are individually."

  Pulling a single stick from the bundle, he broke it easily upon the
head of the eldest5 Son, and this he repeated until all had been
served.


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1 afflicted aaf4adfe86f9ab55b4275dae2a2e305a     
使受痛苦,折磨( afflict的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. About 40% of the country's population is afflicted with the disease. 全国40%左右的人口患有这种疾病。
  2. A terrible restlessness that was like to hunger afflicted Martin Eden. 一阵可怕的、跟饥饿差不多的不安情绪折磨着马丁·伊登。
2 contentious fa9yk     
adj.好辩的,善争吵的
参考例句:
  1. She was really not of the contentious fighting sort.她委实不是好吵好闹的人。
  2. Since then they have tended to steer clear of contentious issues.从那时起,他们总想方设法避开有争议的问题。
3 unity 4kQwT     
n.团结,联合,统一;和睦,协调
参考例句:
  1. When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  2. We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
4 invincible 9xMyc     
adj.不可征服的,难以制服的
参考例句:
  1. This football team was once reputed to be invincible.这支足球队曾被誉为无敌的劲旅。
  2. The workers are invincible as long as they hold together.只要工人团结一致,他们就是不可战胜的。
5 eldest bqkx6     
adj.最年长的,最年老的
参考例句:
  1. The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne.国王的长子是王位的继承人。
  2. The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由长子继承。
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