Making the tacks - 做鞋钉
The hardworking blacksmith Jones used to work all day in his shopand so hard working was he that at times he would make the sparks flyfrom his hammer.
The son of Mr. Smith, a rich neighbor, used to come to see theblacksmith everyday and for hours and hours he would enjoy himselfwatching how the tradesman worked.
"Young man, why don't you try your hand to learn to make shoetacks, even if it is only to pass the time?" said the blacksmith. "Whoknows, one day, it may be of use to you."
The lazy boy began to see what he could do. But after a littlepractice he found that he was becoming very skilled and soon he wasmaking some of the finest tacks.
Old Mr. Smith died and the son on account of the war lost all hisgoods. He had to leave home and was forced to take up residence inanother country. It so happened that in this village there werenumerous shoemakers who were spending a lot of money to buy tacks fortheir shoes and even at times when they paid high prices they were notalways able to get what they wanted, because in that part of thecountry there was a high demand for soldiers' shoes.
Our young Mr. Smith, who was finding it difficult to earn his dailybread, remembered that once upon a time he had learned the art ofmaking tacks and had the sudden idea of making a bargain with theshoemakers. He told them that he would make the tacks if they wouldhelp to get him settled in his workshop. The shoemakers were only tooglad of the offer. And after a while, Mr. Smith found that he was soonmaking the finest tacks in the village.
"How funny it seems," he used to say, "even making tacks can bringa fortune. My trade is more useful to me than were all my formerriches."
·演讲要点Elements of Speech-Making - 国际英语演讲高手