Today's post is about a true story that happened in England and came out in the news one day. I really like this story because it's really touching. The young man was very caring and considerate to the old man even though they were strangers.
It's a refreshing story to read in a fast-paced, busy and competitive world. The fact that he thought of the idea makes me think he must have been a really cool and kind guy.
Anyway I should probably highlight a few of the key vocabulary before we dive in.
冷酷 (lěng kù) - ruthlessly
厮杀 (sī shā) - to fight
欺诈 (qī zhà) - cheat
体弱多病 (tǐruò duō bìng) - feeble and sickly
英镑 (Yīng bàng) - pound sterling (British currency). 英 means anything to do with England, so that should give you a hint. For example, 英国 means England, 英语 means English language, and 英式早餐 literally means "English type breakfast" in other words, English Breakfast.
颔首微笑 (hàn shǒu wēi xiào) - chengyu for nodding and smiling in approval. 颔首 means nod (首 is the old way to say head. For example in those classic Kung Fu movies you might hear a villain barking an order to "斩首示众" in other words "off with his head!"). Lastly, 微笑 means smile.
There was a lonely old woman who didn't have any children and became feeble and sick with age, so he decided to move to a Health Care Centre. So the old woman had no choice but to advertise her house beautiful house for sale.
Buyers flocked after they heard about the news. The base price for the house was £80,000 pounds, but soon the price was increased to £100,000 pounds, and the price kept increasing as buyer's competitively outbid each other. The old man was sitting deep on his sofa, as sadness filled his eyes, if it wasn't because of his health condition turning so bad, he never would've put his house for sale, the house that had accompanied him for most of his lifetime.
A young man who dressed plainly came to the old man, bowed and said:” Sir, I really want to buy this house, but I only have £10,000 pounds. However, if you would sell the house to me, I will guarantee that you can still live here, drink tea with me, read newspaper, jog with me, feel happy everyday - trust me, I will use my whole heart to take care of you!”
The old man smiled and sold the house for £10,000 pounds to him.
Summary/Moral of the story: When trying to achieve your dream, it's not necessary to just be competitive and ruthlessly fight one another, sometimes you just need to have a heart filled with love for others, that's all that counts.