数字十三 | 英语六级必听美文

数字十三 | 英语六级必听美文

One of the most widespread superstitions is that thirteen is unlucky,and so generalis this idea that many hotels do not have a room number thirteen.

一个广为流传的迷信是13不吉利。最常见的就是许多饭店就不设13号房间。

Some people will not start a trip on the 13th day of the month,especially if it happens to be a Friday.

有人不愿意在13号出发旅行,特别是赶上当天是星期五的时候。

Various explanations have been given as to the origin ofthis superstition. The most popular explanation  that there were thirteen persons at the Last Supper, Judas being frequently represented as the thirteen. The superstition about the number thirteen is universal.

关于这个迷信的起源有各种各样的解释。最普遍的解释是,在最后的晚餐上有13个人,犹大经常被认为是13个人。关于数字13的迷信是普遍的。

We can find it in France, England, throughout almost the whole of Europe, and in America. It has long been a matter of etiquette in France to avoid having exactly thirteen guests at a dinner or party, and the person who is invited to fill the fourteenth seat at the table is usually known as quatorizieme.

在法国,英国以及整个欧洲和美洲都有这一迷信。法国的社交礼仪要求避免13人同席,遇此情况,人们就随便拉来一个食客凑数,称之为“第14个”。

The English writer Addison, who wrote early in the 18th century, tells us a story about the superstition in his time.

英国18世纪早期的作家艾迪生谈到过当时一个关于迷信的故事。

" I remember I was once in a mixed assembly that was full of noise and mirth, when on a sudden an old woman unluckily observed there were thirteen of us in company. This remark struck a panic terror into several who were present, insomuch that one or two of the ladies were going to leave the room, but a friend of mine, taking notice that one of our female companions was big with child, affirmed there were foufieen in the room, and that, instead of portending one of the company should die, it plaidy forebode one of them should be bom. Had not my friend formd this expedient to break the omen, I question not but half of the women in the company would have fallen sick that night."

" 我记得有一次我跟一群男女宾客同席进餐,正当大家兴高采烈、笑语喧哗时,一个老太太开口说,在座的共有13人。席上的几个人顿时大惊失色,有一两位女士竟欲起身离席而去。此时我的一位朋友注意到席上有一位身怀六甲的女客,便说同席的不是13人,而是14人;这不是一位客人要死的凶兆,而是一位客人要出生的吉兆。多亏了这位朋友情急生智,不然当天晚上女客们都会病倒的。”