Thirteen equals one
【New words and expressions】 生词和短语
A equals B
与...相匹敌 None of us can equal her,either in beautyor as dancer
Mary is quite equal to John in brains.
be equal to: 有能力、有力量来做某事 to- 介词
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
Was the vicar pleased that the clock was striking? Why?
Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to getenough money to have the church clock repaired. The big clock which used to strike the hoursday and night was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.
One night, however, our vicar work up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Lookingat his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped.Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on. In thetorchlight, he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins, our localgrocer.
'Whatever are you doing up here Bill?' asked the vicar in surprise.
'I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill. 'I've been coming up here night after night forweeks now. You see, I was hoping to give you a surprise.'
'You certainly did give me a surprise!' said the vicar. 'You've probably woken up everyone in thevillage as well. Still, I'm glad the bell is working again.'
That's the trouble, vicar,' answered Bill. 'It's working all right, but I'm afraid that at one o'clockit will strike thirteen times and there's nothing I can do about it."
We'll get used to that, Bill,' said the vicar. "Thirteen is not as good as one, but it's better thannothing. Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.'