2014.05.08【英译中】THE TESTAMENT Chapter 3(2)

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  Josh had visited once a month. Nate was resting in his room when Josh arrived.

  "You look great," Josh said. "How are you doing?"

  "I need to get out of here, Josh."

  "Your doctor says another week or two."

  "Great. Then what? Can I come back to the company?"

  "Not so fast, Nate. You have a couple of problems. We can deal with the bankruptcy but that sill leaves the problem of your taxes."

  From 1992 to 1995, Nate had failed to report about sixty thousand dollars in other income.

  "So what am I supposed to do?" Nate asked. "Do you think I'm going to prison?"

  "Troy Phelan died," Josh said, and it took Nate a second to understand.

  "I didn't know. When did he die?"

  "Four days ago. Jumped out of a window. He'd just signed two wills--the first prepared by me; the second, and last, he wrote himself. Then he jumped. He left everything to an illegitimate daughter I'd never heard of. I want you to find her."

  "Me?"

  "Yes. We don't know where she is."

  "How much did he--?"

  "About eleven billion, before taxes."

  "Does she know it?"

  "No. She doesn't even know he's dead."

 祝什每个月都会来看望他一次。当祝什到达的时候尼特正在房间里休息。

  “你看上去气色不错,”祝什说,“最近怎么样?”

  “我需要离开这里,祝什。”

  “你的医生说得再过一两个星期。”

  “太棒了,然后呢?我可以回事务所吗?”

  “这不着急,尼特。你还有几个麻烦问题。我们可以处理破产,但你的税务依然存在问题。”

  1992年到1995年,尼特隐瞒了六万左右的其他收入。

  “那我还能怎样?”尼特问,“你觉得我会入狱么?”

  “托伊·费兰去世了,”祝什说,尼特愣了一下才明白过来。

  “我不知道,他什么时候死的?”

  “四天前,从窗户跳了出去。他只留了两个遗愿——第一个由我来准备;第二个,也就是最后一个,是写的他自己。然后他就跳楼了。他把所有的财产都留给了一个我从没听说过的私生女,我希望你能去找到她。”

  “我?”

  “对,我们不知道她在哪里。”

  “他留下多少——?”

  “大约十一亿,在缴税前。”

  “她知道有这么多吗?”

  “不,她甚至都不知道他已经去世了。”

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