Eg: His failiure was due to nothing else than his own carelessness.
a third brother 又一位兄弟
who was supposed = who was thought
He was supposed to have died 20 years before.
keep secret 保密
reveal secret 揭露秘密，披露秘密
The press revealed the scandal.
True eccentrics never deliberately set out to draw attention to themselves. They disregard social conventions without being
conscious that they are doing anything extraordinary. This invariably wins them the love and respect of others, for they add
colour to the dull routine of everyday life.
Up to the time of his death, Richard Colson was one of the most notable figures in our town. He was a shrewd and wealthy
businessman, but most people in the town hardly knew anything about this side of his life. He was known to us all as Dickie and
his eccentricity had become legendary long before he died.
Dickie disliked snobs intensely. Though he owned a large car, he hardly ever used it, preferring always to go on foot. Even when
it was raining heavily, he refused to carry an umbrella. One day, he walked into an expensive shop after having been caught in a
particularly heavy shower. He wanted to buy a ￡300 watch for his wife, but he was in such a bedraggled condition that an
assistant refused to serve him. Dickie left the shop without a word and returned carrying a large cloth bag. As it was extremely
He kept secret for a long time.
he kept it to himself for a long time.
very much : much 用来加强语气
be obliged to do = be forced to do 被迫做某事