Simon's beating his brains out绞尽脑汁的西蒙
Simon was an inveterate(根深的) fisherman, well known for exaggerating the size of the one that got away. But there came a day when he actually caught two enormous flounders(挣扎，比目鱼) . He immediately invited a few friends over to dine, then tried to figure out how best to serve the fish. If I use both, he told his wife, it will seem ostentatious(招摇的) .
Why not serve a piece of each? she suggested.
No, if I cut them up, nobody will believe I caught two giant flounders. Simon racked his brain. Then he had an idea.
The guests were seated at the table when their host strode in with a platter(大盘子) , holding the biggest flounder they'd ever seen. Suddenly Simon stumbled and fell. Everyone cried out in dismay as the fish crashed to the floor, but Simon quickly brushed himself off.
Dear, he called out to his wife, bring in the other flounder!
1.inveterate /ɪnˈvɛtərɪt/ If you describe someone as, for example, an inveterate liar or smoker, you mean that they have lied or smoked for a long time and are not likely to stop doing it. 根深蒂固的
例：Nominalists accordingly adopt the opinion that substance is a spurious idea due to our inveterate human trick of turning names into things.我们人类有种根深蒂固的习惯，惯于把名称变为实物，因此，唯名主义者才主张说，实体是一个虚假的概念。
2.exaggerate /ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt/ CET4 If you exaggerate, you indicate that something is, for example, worse or more important than it really is. 夸大
例:He thinks I'm exaggerating.他认为我在夸大其词。
3.figure outIf you figure out a solution to a problem or the reason for something, you succeed in solving it or understanding it. 想出; 弄明白 [非正式]
例：It took them about one month to figure out how to start the equipment.他们用了大约一个月的时间才弄明白如何启动这台设备。
4.ostentatious /ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs/ If you describe something as ostentatious, you disapprove of it because it is expensive and is intended to impress people. 铺张的 [表不满]
例：Obviously he had plenty of money and was generous in its use without being ostentatious.显而易见，他有很多钱，花钱虽大方却不摆阔。
5.stumble /ˈstʌmbəl/ CET6 If you stumble, you put your foot down awkwardly while you are walking or running and nearly fall over. 踉跄; 绊脚
例：He stumbled and almost fell.他绊了一下，差点儿摔倒。