《新概念英語》（New Concept English）作為享譽全球的最為經典地道的英語教材，以其嚴密的體系性、嚴謹的科學性，精湛的實用性，濃郁的趣味性深受英語學習者的青睞，《新概念英語》在中國有40多年的歷史，每年有數百萬學習者，早已成為英語學習者的必選讀物。
Lesson 02 Thirteen equals one
Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired. The big clock which used to strike the hours day and night was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.
One night, however, our vicar work up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped. Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on. In the torchlight, he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins, our local grocer.