The Fox and the Leopard
A Fox and a Leopard,resting lazily after a generous dinner,amused themselves by disputing about their good looks.The Leopard was very proud of his glossy,spotted coat and made disdainful remarks about the Fox,whose appearance he declared was quite ordinary.
The Fox prided himself on his fine bushy tail with its tip of white,but he was wise enough to see that he could not rival the Leopard in looks.Still he kept up a flow of sarcastic talk,just to exercise his wits and to have the fun of disputing.The Leopard was about to lose his temper when the Fox got up,yawning lazily.
"You may have a very smart coat,"he said,"but you would be a great deal better off if you had a little more smartness inside your head and less on your ribs,the way I am.That's what I call real beauty."
A fine coat is not always an indication of an attractive mind.
2.amused:amuse过去式，make you want to laugh or smile；if you amuse yourself,you do something in order to pass the time and not become bored.逗笑，逗乐，消遣
3.dispute:an argument or disagreement between people or groups
4.was proud of:be proud of以...自豪
5.pride oneself on:以...自豪,同上一短语同义，近义表达还有take pride in
6.keep up:to continue继续做某事
8.was about to:if you are about to do something,you are going to do it very soon.将要做某事
9.lose his temper:get angry发脾气，动怒
11.a great deal:a lot大量，许多
12.better off:happier,in a better situation生活改善
13.ribs:肋骨，排骨on your ribs这里可理解为，在外表上