sexta-feira, 16 de abril de 2010

THE INTELLIGENT DOG / JOKE

I'm going to tell you about an extraordinary thing that happened the other day. The day before yesterday, about eight o'clock at night, a young woman approached the box office of the best movie theater in the city. She had with her an enormous dog with a beautifully groomed coat. She bought two tickets and went toward the door, followed by her dog. The manager of the theatre spoke to her, saying...

MANAGER: I'm sorry, miss, but dogs aren't allowed in this theater.
GIRL: But I have a ticket for him.
MANAGER: I'm very sorry, but animals aren't permitted.
GIRL: You don't understand. This is a special case. My dog is so well trained and so intelligent that he's almost human.
MANAGER: I see that you have an exceptional animal, but ...
GIRL: I promise you that if there is any problem we'll leave the theater immediately. I assure you that this dog isn't like any other dog you've ever seen.
MANAGER: Well... all right. I'll let you go in, since the theater is almost empty tonight. Nevertheless, your dog will have to behave himself, or you will have to leave.
Several hours go by, and now the people are leaving the theater. The manager sees the girl with her dog...
MANAGER: I congratulate you. You were right; your dog behaved very well. I've been watching him, and it's amazing how quiet he was.
GIRL: I told you that he's well trained and very intelligent.
MANAGER: He certainly is. It even seemed as if he was enjoying the movie.
GIRL: Oh, he did enjoy it. He liked the film very much. However, he liked the book much better.

GLOSSARY
box office = ticket office: a small office (in a theater, stadium, etc.) where tickets of admission are sold (taquilla, despacho de billetes o entradas)
beautifully groomed coat: the hair or fur of an animal that has been carefully cleaned and brushed
allowed = permitted (permitidos)
trained: disciplined, educated (treinado)
almost = nearly (quase)
empty =/= full (vazio / cheio) nevertheless = however (no obstante, sin embargo)
behave: show good or proper behavior (comportar-se, portarse bien)
go by: pass (passar)
amazing = surprising (surpreendente)
He liked the film... he liked the book much better: When a person has seen a moving picture that has been made from a popular book (having read the book earlier), he often comments, I liked the movie, but I liked the book better


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