31.If you ask me，it'd be a lot better to crash than not to be seen at… Well，you can't call it a social affair exactly，but it's a social event，Anyway，everyone will be there，Everyone.—（I think it would be much better to go without invitation than not to attend at all…… Scotty's funeral service is no small social affair，but an important social event. Everyone of some importance in the film industry will be there.）（Therefore everyone wishing to establish himself in Hollywood should be seen there.）
1）if you ask me：in my opinion（见第13条注释）。
2）it'd be a lot better to……not to be seen at：it would be much better to……than not to be seen at the funeral.
to crash……than not to be seen at……是主语。
32.I don't know why the studio couldn't have managed it for us with a little pull.—（The studio should have managed to get us invited if they had used a little of their influence.）我真不明白为什么电影制片厂不努点儿力把事情办妥。
pull：（informal）power and influence
33.They should realize it's in the best interests of my career to be seen there，and my career means as much to them as it does to me.—（They should realize that my presence at such a social event will greatly enhance/promote my position in Hollywood，and my career and success are as important to them as it is to me.）他们应该认识到在那个场合露面对我的事业非常有利，而我的事业对他们和对我一样重要。
注意此句的结构：它由两个并列子句组成，它们本身又都是复合句。第一个子句they should realize……to be seen there带有宾语从句it's in the best interests……to be seen there，其中不定式to be seen there是主语；第二个子句中有一比较从句as it does to me修饰means as much，it代表my career，does代表means.
1）in the （best）interest（s）of：对……（极为）有利，为了…… 的最大利益，又如：
We expect you to act in the best interests of our country in the talks concerning her entry into the WTO.
In the best interests of your children，you should keep fit.
2）（sth.）means a lot/much/everything/the world to sb.：sth.is very important to sb.对……来说十分/极为重要
Her family means a lot to her.
Does your job mean much to you？
Their grandchildren mean everything to the old couple.
Human resources management means a lot to a company.
34.Same here.这话对我也适用。 （我的露面对他们和对我的事业一样有利。）
——This is my first visit to China.
——I think that film is awful.
——I'm very disappointed with the result of the football match.
35.Just a slight case so you could tell them with a straight face……—（We'll make ourselves really ill，just slightly of course.Then we wouldn't feel guilty when we tell them so.）仅是轻微的食物中毒，这样你就可以理直气壮地告诉他们。（即你不是撒谎，而是真的有病。）
（keep/with）a straight face：with a serious expression；not laughing or smiling，although you find sth.funny 板着面孔，不露笑容，
How Henry managed to keep a straight face，I'll never know.
36.There is a slight air of superiority about her now.Randy and Carole look at her with sudden surprise.（ Now she gives the impression of feeling somewhat important.）她稍微流露出一种优越感，兰蒂和卡罗突然感到惊讶。
air：the particular feeling or impression that is given by印象，感觉
There is an air of confidence about her.
There is an air of mystery about the drugstore.
Their bedroom has an air of luxury.
37.My mother worked for him when he was starting out in the business.他刚开始演电影时我母亲给他干活。
Andrew Carnegie started out as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory.
Mark Twain started out working on a boat sailing up and down the Mississippi.