# 73- Death of The First Emperor (Cont’d 4)

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The letter was sealed but not yet given to the messenger when the Emperor died. Eunuch Zhao persuaded Prime Minister Li to destroy the letter. They kept the Emperorʼs death a secret and began to conspire with his weak-willed younger son, Prince Hu.


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1.虽然这封信已被密封, 但是信还没有递给送信者的时候,秦始皇就死了
= The letter was sealed but not yet given to the messenger when the Emperor died.
2.赵太监说服李丞相,毁坏这封信
= Eunuch Zhao persuaded Prime Minister Li to destroy the letter.
3.他们保持秦始皇死的秘密和开始与精神脆弱的胡太子密谋毒计
= They kept the Emperorʼs death a secret and began to conspire with his weak-willed younger son, Prince Hu.


Vocabulary

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1. letter = 信 xìn

2. seal = 密封 mìfēng

3. but = 但是 dànshì

4. not yet = 还没有 hái méiyǒu

5. give = 递给 dì gěi

6. messenger = 送信者 sòngxìn zhě

7. persuade = 说服 shuōfú

8. destroy = 毁坏 huǐhuài

9. keep = 保持 bǎochí

10. secret = 秘密 mìmì

11. begin = 开始 kāishǐ

12. conspire = 密谋 mìmóu

13. weak-willed = 脆弱的 cuìruò de