|Written By Feng Jigai(P210〜P214)
|The Street-Sweeping Day
Zhao is a typical upper-echelon secretary. He dressed Mao suit buttoned
up and put on glasses. His color of the face was pale and voice was
reminded of strict personality.
Zhao handed over the participants' list to the mayor. The list was a
for National Cleanup Week. The officials go out to join for sweeping
in the street. The mayor looked the list very carefully. He found the
Women's Federation was missing. Zhao told the mayor to pick him up at
1:30 then hurried out to prepare the new list.
When the mayor arrived at the square, he shook his hands with everyone
waited for him.
An old policeman brought the bamboo broom for the mayor. Everyone started
sweeping, either did the mayor. The square was huge, only the dust was
back and forth.
A photographer from TV station came up to Zhao and asked him to line
up them single file. The photographer requested they turn around because
the sun was backlight. After finishing the street sweeping show, the
mayor answered some questions from the reporters. He went home by his
limousine. He took bath, as he went up the stairs to eat dinner, his
grandson told him that he was on TV. On the screen, he was sweeping
But he only said to his grandson "It's not worth watching. Let's
go have dinner."
|Not Worth Watching
Secretary Zhao handed the mayor a list which were written the
names of all top city administrators and public figures who were going
to participate in the street sweeping. The mayor saw it thoughtfully
and pointed that there were none from the Women' Federation in the list.
The mayor told women were the pillars of society, so we couldn't leave
out their representatives as thought only a leader thought of everything.
Then they decided to add two names from the Women's Federation.
At one-thirty that afternoon the mayor was whisked to the square in
his limousine. All kind of people were out sweeping the streets, and
the air was thick with dust. At the square there were many and various
color of limousines. All top city administrators had gathered to wait
for the mayor's arrival. And policemen stranded for guarding them on
all sides. When the mayor got out of the limousine the officials in
the waiting crowd stepped forward with smiling faces to greet the mayor.
After greeting the mayor walked, at the head of the crowd, to the square
where they were supposed to sweep with brooms.
The square was so huge and not dirty. Only litter was a popsicle wrapper,
which they all pursued like children chasing a dragonfly.
Photographers kept on clicking shutters. And TV person requested them
to be shot. They formed a long line to be shot regardless of whether
there was any dirt on the ground.
The mayor went home after the sweeping and took a bath for washing away
from dirt and exhaustion without labor. As he descended the stairs to
eat dinner, his grandson hurriedly led him into the living room. He
was on the television screen, like an actor, putting on show of sweeping
the street. He turned away and said "it's not worth watching'.
|The Street-Sweeping Show
It was the first day of "National Cleanup Week."
The mayor thoroughly checked the list, with 80 names of eminent people
from various field in the city, who were supposed to participate in
the street sweeping in Central Square that afternoon. He pointed out
in bragged manner that there were no names from Women's Federation and
ordered Secretary Zhao, hiding shifty and strong-willed personality
under his polite manner, to put 2 more names from the field. The mayor
was such a type of leader that wanted to know every detail of everything.
No wonder that he was going to join the "Ceremony."
The mayor arrived at the square by his limousine after driving through
a very dusty roads, full of people sweeping the streets. There 82 city
top officials were waiting to welcome him.
It was really a ceremony or a show rather than "Cleanup Campaign."
He shook hands with many administrators first, and then led by a marshal,
he strutted to the designated spot, with the neatest bloom prepared
for him in his hand. 82 officials and a lot of photographers followed
him. The spot was surrounded a lot of onlookers.
They started sweeping the spot, where there was no dirt. For a while
they pretended as if they were sweeping, but as a matter of fact, what
they did was to follow the instruction of a TV cameraman, who wanted
to shoot a better motion picture of them. The sweeping performance didn't
take so long. \\ The mayor left there in his limousine and got home,
where a nice bath prepared by his servant was waiting for him. Although
his grand son mentioned that he was on TV, he wasn't interested in it
|The Street-Sweeping Showの単語/Summary
Dictionary of Contemporary English /American
Heritage College dictionary/Colins