237.Succeed and Leave
When Jeremy returned from winter vacation he acted as if he could wipe the floor with anyone. He even stopped coming to orchestra where he played a wind instrument. When he said that he would have none of us for friends anymore I approached him!
What happened to you? I asked. "You used to be our friend. Now you wind up coming home from winter break a different person!"
He just smiled.
Wipe the smile off your face and tell me what happened!
Why bother? he said. "You won't understand!" I frowned. "All right, I don't know whether or not it will matter, but here goes. I lived a wild life over winter break and discovered a will power that I never knew I had! It all happened while skiing. There were a bunch of hot shots that teased me the whole time. I challenged them to a race because I wanted to win a name for myself. They agreed and tons of people watched. I was terrified, but I raced. The other guy wiped out and I won by a neck! It turns out that all of his boasting was window dressing and I tore it down!"
Jeremy stood proudly as he told the story.
"It made me a different person. I felt wise immediately after the event! What was even better was that afterwards this beautiful girl came up to me and asked me if I wanted to go to coffee with her! I only answered 'White or black?' It was so cool!"
"Anyhow，now I'm a different person. I'm wide awake! And I don't want to hang out with you nerds anymore!"
Then he walked away. I just shook my head. Jeremy had become that which we all hated!
1.Why bother... ? 何必费心……？何必麻烦……？
例句：Why bother your head about such trifles?
2.will power 意志力，舞力
例句：He is a man of extraordinary will power.
3.wind up （使）结束，把（事务）料理停当；上发条，调弦；（常用被动语态）使紧张，使激动；使卷入；以……告终
例句：Little did I know that I would actually wind up being on the staff
4.wipe out 擦掉，彻底摧毁，消灭
例句：We'll wipe out any enemy that dares to invade our territory.
5.wipe (up) the floor with sb. 把某人打得大败
例句：He could wipe the floor with the Prime Minister.
6.wise after the event 事后聪明的
例句：It is easy to be wise after the event.