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誰能回答這個問題? - 古德明

George Townshend (1724-1807) was a noted British soldier who rose to the rank of field marshal. When young and engaged in one of his first battles, he saw a drummer at his side killed by a cannonball, which scattered the poor lad's brains in every direction. Townshend's eyes were at once fixed on the ghastly object, which seemed to engross his thoughts. A superior officer supposed he was intimidated at the sight, and addressed him in a manner calculated to cheer his spirits.
"Oh," said Townshend with calmness but severity, "I am not frightened. I am puzzled to make out* how any man with such a quantity of brains ever came to be here."
喬治.湯森德生於一七二四年,卒於一八○七年,是英國著名軍人,官至陸軍元帥。他年輕的時候,未慣戰陣,戰場上看見身旁一個年輕鼓手不幸給砲彈擊中身亡,腦漿四迸。他瞪着那恐怖的腦漿,若有所思。一個高級軍官以為他給這情景嚇怕了,就以鼓舞的語氣教他振作。
湯森德平靜而嚴肅的回答:「啊,我不是害怕,只是感到奇怪,不明白腦袋這麼發達的人,怎麼會來到這樣的地方。」
*Make out是「了解」、「懂得」的意思,例如:He is so reserved a man that I just can't make him out(他是個非常沉默寡言的人,我完全無法了解他)。

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