Vincent: If you don't want the powder to cost more, we can't add anything.
We'll just have to sell it the way it is now, and put a warning on. Then, if
someone uses dirty water, they shoulder the responsibility, not us.
Grace: I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. There are three very good reasons
why it would be the wrong thing to do.
Vincent: You seem very sure of what you are saying. Can you back it up?
Grace: As I see it, first of all most people there can't read, so a warning
won't help them at all. Second, even if their governments say a warning is
enough, other groups won't. They'll call out the media hounds, and many people
will be very, very angry with us. Sales will go down everywhere.
Sam: Hm. You said that there are three good reasons, Grace. Is there another
reason you want to add?
Grace: Yes, there is. Third, and most important, it just wouldn't be right if
we knew even one person wouldn't listen to the warning, and a child was hurt
because of it.
Sam: Hm. You can't argue against that. How could we live with ourselves if we
let that happen? And just because we wanted more money.
Vincent: It wouldn't just be because of the money. Those people aren't
healthy, and our powder is better than mother's milk. Some people might get
sick, but isn't it more important that we help so many others?
1. shoulder the responsibility 负责；挑起责任
I know the problems started in my department, but I don't think I should
shoulder the responsibility for other people's
2. call out the
(media) hounds 引起舆论的注意
I just can't let our company sell cars that we know are unsafe; if management
won't do something, I'll secretly call out the media
3. live with oneself
I couldn't live with myself if I ever did anything to hurt my
（改编自：《国际商务英语教程》上海理工大学通讯员何旖文供稿 英语点津 Annabel 编辑）