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A lifetime friendship

作者: 八六文学网 发布时间: 2020年10月07日 20:19:25

A lifetime friendship

 

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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison met in 1776. Could it have been any other year? They worked together starting then to further American Revolution and later to shape the new scheme of government. From the work sprang a friendship perhaps incomparable in intimacy and the trustfulness of collaboration and induration. It lasted 50 years. It included pleasure and utility but over and above them, there were shared purpose, a common end and an enduring goodness on both sides. Four and a half months before he died, when he was ailing, debt-ridden, and worried about his impoverished family, Jefferson wrote to his longtime friend. His words and Madison's reply remind us that friends are friends until death. They also remind us that sometimes a friendship has a bearing on things larger than the friendship itself, for has there ever been a friendship of greater public consequence than this one?

 

"The friendship which has subsisted between us now half a century, the harmony of our po1itical principles and pursuits have been sources of constant happiness to me through that long period. If ever the earth has beheld a system of administration conducted with a single and steadfast eye to the general interest and happiness of those committed to it, one which, protected by truth, can never known reproach, it is that to which our lives have been devoted. To myself you have been a pillar of support throughout life. Take care of me when dead and be assured that I should leave with you my last affections."

 

A week later Madison replied-

 

"You cannot look back to the long period of our private friendship and political harmony with more affecting recollections than I do. If they are a source of pleasure to you, what aren’t they not to be to me? We cannot be deprived of the happy consciousness of the pure devotion to the public good with Which we discharge the trust committed to us and I indulge a confidence that sufficient evidence will find in its way to another generation to ensure, after we are gone, whatever of justice may be withheld whilst we are here. "



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1 intimacy         
n.熟悉,亲密,密切关系,亲昵的言行  

参考例句:

 

His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他声称自己与总统关系密切,这有点言过其实。

I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有个关于亲密的规则。

 

2 collaboration         
n.合作,协作;勾结  

参考例句:

 

The two companies are working in close collaboration each other.这两家公司密切合作。

He was shot for collaboration with the enemy.他因通敌而被枪毙了。

 

3 ailing         
v.生病  

参考例句:

 

They discussed the problems ailing the steel industry. 他们讨论了困扰钢铁工业的问题。

She looked after her ailing father. 她照顾有病的父亲。

 

4 impoverished         
adj.穷困的,无力的,用尽了的v.使(某人)贫穷( impoverish的过去式和过去分词 );使(某物)贫瘠或恶化  

参考例句:

 

the impoverished areas of the city 这个城市的贫民区

They were impoverished by a prolonged spell of unemployment. 他们因长期失业而一贫如洗。 来自《简明英汉词典》

 

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