One of the most colourful figures in boxing history was Daniel Mendoza who was born in 1764.
one of the most famous people
introduce: bring in
Potatos were introduced into Europe from South America.
drew up: 制定，起草
Sb. did much to do sth.
in his full time in his good day
rise to fame = become famous
attract sb.’s sttention == attract the attention of sb.
turn against sb 与……反目成仇
It was not until his third match in 1790 that he finally beat Humphries and became Champion.
in debt: 欠债
Some plays are so successful that they run for years on end. In many ways, this is unfortunate for the poor actors who are
required to go on repeating the same lines night after night. One would expect them to know their parts by heart and never have
cause to falter. Yet this is not always the case.
A famous actor in a highly successful play was once cast in the role of an aristocrat who had been imprisoned in the Bastille for
twenty years. In the last act, a gaoler would always come on to the stage with a letter which he would hand to the prisoner. Even
though the noble was expected to read the letter at each performance, he always insisted that it should be written out in full.
One night, the gaoler decided to play a joke on his colleague to find out if, after so many performances, he had managed to learn
the contents of the letter by heart. The curtain went up on the final act of the play and revealed the aristocrat sitting alone behind
bars in his dark cell. Just then, the gaoler appeared with the precious letter in his hands. He entered the cell and presented the
letter to the aristocrat. But the copy he gave him had not been written out in full as usual. It was simply a blank sheet of paper.