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We walked up its front steps and stopped at a small information stand. Here the bum spoke to a smiling old lady, and asked her if she would be kind enough to watch my things for a moment while he and I entered the library. I left my belongings with this grandmotherly figure and entered into this magnificent hall of learning.
我们沿着它前面的台阶向上走,在一处小小的咨询台前停了下来。老流浪汉向一位笑容可掬的老太太说了几句话,并问她是否愿意在他和我进图书馆时帮忙照看一下我的行李。我把行李放在那位老奶奶般的人那里,走进了那座宏伟的学习殿堂。

The bum first led me to a table and asked me to sit down and wait for a moment while he looked for something special amongst the shelves. A few moments later, he returned with a couple of old books under his arms and set them on the table.
老流浪汉先把我带到一张桌子前,让我坐下来稍等片刻,而他则到那些林立的书架中去寻找那个特别重要的东西去了。不一会儿,他腋下夹着几本旧书回来了。

He then sat down beside me and spoke. He started with a few statements that were very special and that changed my life. He said, "There are two things that I want to teach you, young man, and they are these: "Number one is to never judge a book by its cover, for a cover can fool you. "He followed with, "I' ll bet you think I m a bum, don t you, young man?"
他把书放到桌子上,然后他在我的身边坐了下来,打开了话匣子,出口便不凡,其话语非常特别,改变了我一生的命运。他说:“年轻人,我想教你两件事,就是:第一是切记不要从封面来判断一本书的好坏,因为封面有时也会蒙骗你。”他接着说道:“我敢打赌,你一定认为我是个老流浪汉,是不是?年轻人。”

I said, "Well, uh, yes, I guess so, sir. "
我说:“嗯,是的,先生,我想是的。”

"Well, young man, I've got a little surprise for you. I am one of the wealthiest men in the world. I have probably everything any man could ever want. I originally come from the Northeast and have all the things that money can buy. But a year ago, my wife passed away, bless her soul, and since then I have been deeply reflecting upon life.
“嗯,年轻人,我要给你一个小惊喜:其实我是这个世界上最富有的人之一,人们梦寐以求的任何东西我几乎都有。我最初从美国东北部来,凡是金钱能买到的东西,我全都有。但是一年前,我妻子死了,愿上帝保祐她的在天之灵,从那以后,我开始深深地反思人生的意义。

I realized there were certain things I had not yet experienced in life, one of which was what it would be like to live like a bum on the streets. I made a commitment to myself to do exactly that for one year. For the past year I have been going from city to city doing just that. So, you see, don't ever judge a book by its cover, for a cover can fool you.
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