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Words:

err vt. 做错,出差错

erratic adj. 古怪的,不稳定的

erupt vi. 喷出,爆发

escalate vi. 升级,逐步增强

escalator n. 电动扶梯

eschew vi. 避开,危害

escort v. 护送,伴随

essential adj. 绝对必要的,基础的

estate n. 财产,庄园

estimable adj. 可估计的,值得尊敬的

estimate vt. 估计

eternal adj. 永恒的,永远的

ethics n. 伦理学

etiquette n. 礼仪,礼节

eulogy n. 颂词,颂文;悼文,悼词

euphonious adj. 悦耳的

evade vt. 躲避,逃避

evaluate vt. 评价,估价

“Do you want me to escort you to the funeral?” Laura asked.

“It might violate the rules of etiquette,” replied Kathy. “Perhaps I had better err on the side of caution. Why don’t we meet later at the new ethnic restaurant downstairs? Say, about 6 p.m.?”

“Okay.’ Laura said.

Kathy took the escalator down to the lobby where she found a taxi waiting. “Take me to the Smith estate,” she told the driver. Kathy eschewed funerals, but she had no choice. Attending this one was essential to her job as the family’s estate lawyer. The deceased, John Smith, was an estimable man in the community. He was a famous professor of ethics at the local university. His behavior was a bit erratic in the final years of his life but he as careful not to evade his responsibilities. Before he died, he hired Kathy to evaluate his estate holdings and to draft an indisputable will. He did not want any differences of opinion between his heirs to escalate into a family feud. The will required Kathy to estimate the value of Mr. Smith’s assets, to sell them for a reasonable price, and then to distribute the proceeds.

The eulogy was the standard speech. The priest talked about eternal life as reward for living a good life. At the end of the speech, applause erupted from the audience. In Kathy’s opinion, the eruption was loud enough to wake to dead.

“Was it that bad?” Laura asked.

“The music wasn’t bad,” Kathy replied. “I thought the violin and the piano produced a euphonious combination.”


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