In this story by W Somerset Maugham, a man who has worked hard in a church for 16 years is told that he must leave the job because he cannot read or write. He soon proves that you don’t need a good education to become rich. All you need is the ability to think creatively, and the to back your ideas.
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(n: courage, noncount) The ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous; bravery. The soldier showed great courage in battle.
(adj: courageous) Having or showing courage. A courageous soldier. 3000
(v: amaze, amazes, amazed, amazing) To surprise someone very much. It amazes me that no one noticed the mistake. 2. To fill someone with wonder. He amazed the audience with his magic tricks.
(n: amazement, noncount) A feeling of being amazed. To the amazement of her family, she left school to become a musician. 2000
(n: butler pl butlers) A male servant who has charge of wines and service at the table, and is usually the head servant in a wealthy person's household. (ทนายหน้าหอ) 6000
(v: christen, christens, christened, christening) 1. To officially make someone a member of a Christian church through the ceremony of baptism. The priest christened three babies today. 2. To give a name to. She was christened Joanna. 5000
(n: churchwarden pl churchwardens) One of two officers in the Church of England who administer the legal and other non-religious affairs of a church.
(n: dignity, noncount) 1. A calm and serious manner that deserves respect. She showed dignity in defeat. 2. The quality of being given honor and respect by people. The dignity of the occasion. 3. A sense of your own importance and value. It's difficult to preserve your dignity when you have no job. 6000
(adj: exact) 1. Very careful and accurate. Please make sure it is the exact size we need. 2. Fully and completely correct or accurate. Those were his exact words.
(adv: exactly) In an exact way or manner. 1000
(n: funeral pl funerals) The ceremony held for a dead person before their body is put in the ground [buried] or burned [cremated]. 3000
(v: invest, invests, invested, investing) To use money to buy shares, stocks, property, etc., in order to make more money.
(n: investment pl investments) 1. The act of investing. 2. A sum of money invested.
(n: investor pl investors) A person who invests. 1000
(v: nod, nods, nodded, nodding) 1. To move your head up and down as a way of answering 'yes' or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval. 2. To move your head up and down as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone. 3000
(n: organ pl organs) 1. A musical instrument that has a keyboard and pipes; an electronic instrument that makes a similar sound. 2. A part of the body (such as the heart or liver) that has a particular function.
(n: organist pl organists) A person who plays the organ. 3000
(adj: proud, prouder, proudest) 1. Feeling very pleased because of something you have done or own, someone you know, etc. She felt proud as she watched her daughter graduate. 2. Having a too high opinion of oneself; arrogant. She was too proud to talk to us. 2000
(n: pride, noncount) A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction at one's achievements, possessions, family etc. She watched with pride as her daughter graduated. 3000
(v: rent, rents, rented, renting) 1. To pay money in return for being able to use something that belongs to someone else. 2. To allow someone to use something that you own in return for payment. We rent this flat from Mr Smith. Mr Smith rents this flat to us. 2000
(n: respect, noncount) Admiration or high opinion of someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
(adj: respectful) Treating someone or something that is important, serious, etc., in an appropriate way.
(v: respect, respects, respected, respecting) To show or feel respect. 1000
(n: risk pl risks) 1. The possibility that something bad or unpleasant will happen. All investments have an element of risk. 2. Someone or something that may cause something bad or unpleasant to happen. Kids think smoking is fun, but they don't realize the risks involved. 2000
(n: robe pl robes) 1. A long, loose piece of clothing. Many Arabs still wear robes. 2. A long, loose piece of clothing that is worn on top of other clothes to show that someone has a high rank or an important job. 3. A loose piece of clothing that wraps around your body to wear at home; a dressing gown. 6000
(n: servant pl servants) Someone who is hired to do household or personal duties [such as cleaning and cooking]. 1000
(v: sigh, sighs, sighed, sighing) To take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, unhappy, relieved, etc. 4000
(n: tobacco, noncount) [a plant that produces] Leaves which are dried and chewed or smoked in cigarettes, pipes, etc. (ยาสูบ)
(n: tobacconist pl tobacconists) A person who sells tobacco, cigarettes etc. (พ่อค้าขายผลิตภัณฑ์ประเภทยาสูบ) 4000
(n: verger pl vergers) A church officer who takes care of the interior of the building and performs simple duties during church services. (ผู้ดูแลโบสถ์ เจ้าหน้าที่ถือคทานำหน้าพระ)
(n: vestry pl vestries) A small room in a church where a priest dresses for the services and where the items used during services are kept. (ห้องซึ่งพระใช้เตรียมตัวเพื่อทำพิธีทางศาสนาในโบสถ์) 10000
(n: vicar pl vicars) A priest in the Church of England who is in charge of a particular church. (พระในคริสต์ศาสนานิกายแองกลิแคน) 5000
(n: vicarage pl vicarages) The house of a vicar. (ที่อยู่ของพระในศาสนาคริสต์นิกายแองกลิแคน) 7000
(n: wedding pl weddings) The act of getting married; marrying. (การแต่งงาน) 2000