Broken Promises
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"Sheesh! Give me a few points for self control!" I snapped at my cranky(暴躁的) husband. I wanted to stop at a sporting goods store "Going Out of Business" sale we passed in the mall. "There's nothing we need", his usual grumpy male comment. "It's all overpriced junk. If they had anything good they wouldn't be going out of business."
 
"But, it's sporting goods", I wheedled1(用甜言蜜语哄骗). "Could be some good deals for the grandkids. And, you like boats and fishing stuff. I've put up with that photo of your "dream-canoe" stuck on the bathroom mirror for years now. Maybe you'd enjoy just looking around?"
 
"Are you crazy" his eyes got funny and he said something like. "The boat I want is the Supremo Numero-Uno blah-blah. Soon as I finish saving up 6,000 bucks2 for that baby I'm going to order right from the manufacturer. Custom. In silver. Yesiree. This loser store wouldn't carry something like THAT. And I'm sure not going near those sucker crowds."
 
"You're so darn negative and boring!" I retorted. "I happen to like crowds. They make me feel like I'm part of something. I promise I won't buy anything but I'm going to look around for fun anyways. You go for coffee and I'll meet you back here in half an hour."
 
"Don't make promises you can't keep, old girl." He chuckled3 in that self-satisfied "I'll believe it when I see it" way that always gets me riled. "I know you're going to come out of there with useless junk. You always do."
 
His words made me mad. How dare he accuse me of being frivolous(无聊的,轻佻的)! I prided myself on being a wise shopper. I had a darn good nose for bargains and stretched our old age pensions like nobody's business. Now I had a mad on, that's for sure. "Boy, I'll show him." I promised myself I would not buy a darn thing, no matter what. Ha! I wouldn't give Mr. Know-It-All smarty-pants reason to gloat.
 
I squared my chin and marched into the crowded store. Aisles4 and aisles of hockey(曲棍球) equipment, basketballs, golf clubs, exercise equipment, fishing gear, boy toys galore were strung with huge blaring signs. CLOSING OUT SALE - Up to 80% OFF. NO REFUNDS5.
 
Up and down the aisles I strolled, ducked and dodged6, humming to myself and enjoying the frenetic energy and excitement of a sale.
 
All of a sudden, there, at the back of the store, in gleaming silver, full of lifejackets, paddles and fishing stuff, sat the exact canoe of my husband's picture. I gasped7 and blinked three times. Yup. It was still there. The Supremo Numero-Uno blah, blah. My heart beat wildly. I elbowed my way through the crowds, scrambled8 over junk in the aisles and darned near fell into the canoe looking for the price tag.There it was - a little tattered9, with the manufacturer's suggested retail10 price at $6,750 plus tax crossed out and a handwritten TO CLEAR $750 AS IS. NO RETURNS. Must be a mistake. $6000 off? Salesman. I had to talk to a salesman.I spotted11 a young fellow with a "Hi. I'm Mathew" tag trying to hide out from the mob of bargain hunters. I clutched his sleeve. "Mathew. Tell me about this El Supremo canoe. What's wrong with it? Why is it only $750?"
 
"Oh. There's nothing wrong with it. It's brand new. We're closing the store is all. It's on clearance12 like everything else. I think that includes lifejackets, paddles and a bunch of fishing gear, too. I'll go check."
 
A few minutes later he came back and said, "I'm sorry ma'am. Someone made a mistake on the sale tag. It's supposed to be $4,750 for the whole package. I just talked to my Dad who is running the close-out. He said it was worth more than $8,000 regular price so it's still a real good deal."
 
I felt tears well up in my eyes. "Oh well", I said sadly. "Of course, it was too good to be true. This is exactly like my husband's dreamboat. I guess I started to dream myself when I saw that price tag. He's going to be 62 years old Friday. Had to retire early for his health. It's been hard on just the pension but the stubborn(顽固的) old fool has been saving $10 every week for years to buy one just like this. Just an old man's silly dream, you know. Always said he wanted to spend his retirement13 out fishing in a canoe," my voice trailed off and I turned and walked away.I was already at the mall door when Mathew caught up with me. "Do you have $750 plus $25 for delivery and a bit more for tax, ma'am?" I gasped. "Yes. Yes. That's about all I have," I said as I thought fleetingly14 about the cataract15 surgery I was saving up for."Well then, you just have your husband sitting on the front porch on Friday morning around 10 o'clock so's he can be there when my Dad and I come to unload his new boat. We'll even put a bow on it for his birthday."I started to cry. My old hand shook and I had to #p#分页标题#e#squint(眯眼看) as I wrote out my cheque. Mathew swallowed hard.
 
"Ma'am. There's something you should know. This store was my Grampa's. He ran it for more than 30 years. He always promised to retire one day. Said he wanted to spend time relaxing and out fishing in a canoe. He ordered this one, custom, for himself last year but, well, just never took the time off to use it."He swallowed even harder. "My Grampa died, sudden-like, just last week. He was only 68 years old. I think he'd be mighty16 happy that your husband will get this here canoe. My Dad thinks so too. You just have to make sure he uses it a lot, okay? Promise?"I handed Mathew a Kleenex and we stood there together, quietly lost in our own thoughts for a moment, blowing our noses.
 
"I promise," I said as I dashed off to look for my dear sweet husband.


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1 wheedled ff4514ccdb3af0bfe391524db24dc930     
v.骗取(某物),哄骗(某人干某事)( wheedle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The children wheedled me into letting them go to the film. 孩子们把我哄得同意让他们去看电影了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. She wheedled her husband into buying a lottery ticket. 她用甜言蜜语诱使她的丈夫买彩券。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
2 bucks a391832ce78ebbcfc3ed483cc6d17634     
n.雄鹿( buck的名词复数 );钱;(英国十九世纪初的)花花公子;(用于某些表达方式)责任v.(马等)猛然弓背跃起( buck的第三人称单数 );抵制;猛然震荡;马等尥起后蹄跳跃
参考例句:
  1. They cost ten bucks. 这些值十元钱。
  2. They are hunting for bucks. 他们正在猎雄兔。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
轻声地笑( chuckle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. She chuckled at the memory. 想起这件事她就暗自发笑。
  2. She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那惊讶的表情,她就轻轻地暗自发笑。
4 aisles aisles     
n. (席位间的)通道, 侧廊
参考例句:
  1. Aisles were added to the original Saxon building in the Norman period. 在诺曼时期,原来的萨克森风格的建筑物都增添了走廊。
  2. They walked about the Abbey aisles, and presently sat down. 他们走到大教堂的走廊附近,并且很快就坐了下来。
5 refunds 0084ff716402199f733f841f5937d3ae     
n.归还,偿还额,退款( refund的名词复数 )v.归还,退还( refund的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  1. Tomorrow he would return them to the store and claim refunds. 明天他要把它们退还给商店并要求退款。 来自辞典例句
  2. The new method means that taxpayers get refunds much faster. 这种新办法意味着纳税人可以较快地领到退还款。 来自辞典例句
6 dodged ae7efa6756c9d8f3b24f8e00db5e28ee     
v.闪躲( dodge的过去式和过去分词 );回避
参考例句:
  1. He dodged cleverly when she threw her sabot at him. 她用木底鞋砸向他时,他机敏地闪开了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. He dodged the book that I threw at him. 他躲开了我扔向他的书。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
参考例句:
  1. She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  2. People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
8 scrambled 2e4a1c533c25a82f8e80e696225a73f2     
v.快速爬行( scramble的过去式和过去分词 );攀登;争夺;(军事飞机)紧急起飞
参考例句:
  1. Each scrambled for the football at the football ground. 足球场上你争我夺。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  2. He scrambled awkwardly to his feet. 他笨拙地爬起身来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 tattered bgSzkG     
adj.破旧的,衣衫破的
参考例句:
  1. Her tattered clothes in no way detracted from her beauty.她的破衣烂衫丝毫没有影响她的美貌。
  2. Their tattered clothing and broken furniture indicated their poverty.他们褴褛的衣服和破烂的家具显出他们的贫穷。
10 retail VWoxC     
v./n.零售;adv.以零售价格
参考例句:
  1. In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  2. These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
11 spotted 7FEyj     
adj.有斑点的,斑纹的,弄污了的
参考例句:
  1. The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
  2. Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
12 clearance swFzGa     
n.净空;许可(证);清算;清除,清理
参考例句:
  1. There was a clearance of only ten centimetres between the two walls.两堵墙之间只有十厘米的空隙。
  2. The ship sailed as soon as it got clearance. 那艘船一办好离港手续立刻启航了。
13 retirement TWoxH     
n.退休,退职
参考例句:
  1. She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  2. I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
14 fleetingly 1e8e5924a703d294803ae899dba3651b     
adv.飞快地,疾驰地
参考例句:
  1. The quarks and gluons indeed break out of confinement and behave collectively, if only fleetingly. 夸克与胶子确实打破牢笼而表现出集体行为,虽然这种状态转瞬即逝。 来自互联网
15 cataract hcgyI     
n.大瀑布,奔流,洪水,白内障
参考例句:
  1. He is an elderly gentleman who had had a cataract operation.他是一位曾经动过白内障手术的老人。
  2. The way is blocked by the tall cataract.高悬的大瀑布挡住了去路。
16 mighty YDWxl     
adj.强有力的;巨大的
参考例句:
  1. A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即将迸发而出。
  2. The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出现在眼前。
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