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公墓客滿啦,先別死!

The mayor of a village in southwestern France has forbidden the residents from dying, because there is no room to bury them.

Well, but how can you “forbid” people from dying? What does he plan to do if they really decide to die against his order? In the Express today, we will show you a famous couple whose planned death is seriously threatened by this new decree.

Read on!

It does look fairly crowded...


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William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet

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 英語宅急便


Sorry, you cannot die here.

"請不要死在這裡",法國一個村莊的村長下了這道命令,禁止村民死在村裡。這可不是愚人節整人的笑話,村長說違反者會受到嚴厲的處罰!這下好了,讓我們來看看本來打算殉情的羅密歐與茱麗葉該怎麼辦吧!

Romeo: O, here, will I set up my everlasting rest. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! (Drinks the poison) O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die…

Juliet: Stop right there!

Romeo: Huh? Hey, I thought you’re dead.

Juliet: I can’t and neither can you.

Romeo: Because you love me so much? Oh, I am so moved! Are you suggesting that we discard Shakespeare’s plot1 and live happily ever after instead?

Juliet: Well, I don’t care about that too much, actually. All I know is that the mayor of our village has banned the residents from dying.

Romeo: You mean that he issued an edict that forbids the villagers to die?

Juliet: Exactly. It goes: “all persons not having a plot2 in the cemetery and wishing to be buried are forbidden from dying in the parish.”

Romeo: Why would he do that?! I can understand if he disapproves of suicide, because we can choose not to die. But, unlike us, some old people have no choice. Sometimes they cannot help it!

Juliet: I know, but the mayor says that our cemetery is overcrowded. He cannot fit any more dead people in the church graveyard.

Romeo: Er. That would be a problem. You don’t really want to see dead people reposing on the concrete floor by the road.

Juliet: Nope. But the court has ruled that the acquisition of adjoining private land to extend the cemetery is not justified. So the mayor cannot really expand the cemetery.

Romeo: Maybe he can try put in some double-deck tombs. You know, like in some of the parking garages, where there are some mechanical devises that move the parked car underneath another car.

Juliet: Sounds like a good idea. Maybe you should go and tell the mayor.

Romeo: But we are supposed to die in the story. I cannot just stand up and walk out well and alive.

Juliet: Well, you must. The mayor says that the offenders of his decree will be severely punished.

Romeo: You mean people who die will be punished? By what?!

Juliet: By some fate worse than death. You go figure.

 

Wordbank:

everlasting (adj) 永久的
graveyard (n) 墓地
apothecary (n) 藥劑師
repose (v) 安眠;長眠
discard (v) 摒棄;丟棄
concrete (adj) 混凝土的
plot 1(n) (小說、戲劇等的)情節
rule (v) 裁定
mayor (n) 市長;這裡是指村長
acquisition (n) 取得
ban (v) 禁止
adjoining (adj) 毗鄰的
issue (v) 發佈
justified (adj) 有正當理由的;情有可原的
edict (n) 官方命令
double-deck (adj) 兩層的
plot 2 (n) 小塊土地
offender (n) 違法者;犯規的人
cemetery(n) 公墓;墓地
decree (n) 政令;命令
parish (adj) 教區;[英]地方行政區
severely (adv) 嚴厲地
suicide (n) 自殺
figure (v) 估計;認為;料到
overcrowded (adj) 過度擁擠的

 

相關連結:

Reuters: Cemetery Full, Mayor Tells Locals Not To Die

Sky News: French Mayor Bans Villagers From Dying

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