I went to visit my old friend, Mina, whom I hadn’t seen in several years. It was one of the strangest afternoons of my life!
Dan: Hi, Mina, it’s really good to see you.
Mina: Dan, come in. Hurry!
[Dan: Uh, okay. Why do you have four locks on your door, and why are all of the curtains drawn?
Mina: I like my privacy. And anyway, I think there’s a peeping Tom around this apartment building and I don’t want him to get a peek into my apartment.
Dan: Oh, okay. I noticed that your name isn’t on your mailbox. I wasn’t sure I had the right apartment number.
Mina: Do you think I would voluntarily give people that information? They are constantly trying to invade my privacy. All I want is anonymity, but I have to be on guard all of the time. These days, I only give out personal information on a need- to-know basis.
Dan: No offense, but isn’t that a little paranoid? You act as though everybody is out to get you.
Mina: Aren’t they? Haven’t you noticed? We constantly have to disclose our most personal information on forms and to anyone who comes to our door. If I didn’t know you were coming today, I wouldn’t have opened my door at all.
Dan: You mean you live here in seclusion, like a hermit?
Mina: Of course not! I have plenty of friends. Come and meet them all.
Dan: Wow, you must have 10 birds and 20 cats!
Mina: Yes, that’s right. But, rest assured, none of them will breathe a word of what you say here today!
1.Peeping Tom 偷看者(特指喜欢偷看裸体女人的好色之徒)
When you are at home alone, be careful of Peeping Tom.
2.be on guard 戒备着
Be on guard against those who are jealous of your success.
3.need-to-know basis 必要的时候
I only help him on a need-to-know basis.
4.be out to get you 想抓你
Be careful: he's out to get you.
5. rest assured 放心
Please rest assured that repayment is ensured.
6.breathe a word 说出(讲出)
Don't breathe a word of this.