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星火30篇文章贯通考研词汇 21

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Unit 21 The Perfect Christmas Tree ………………365
完美的圣诞树
圣诞节,国外万家团聚的节日,打算回家过节的年轻夫妇一家却遭遇了大风雪和汽车抛锚的困难……
The fresh green smell of Christmas filled the house and the sight of the tree took your breath away. Striped candy canes(糖果)were evenly(均匀地)distributed and colorful paper chains, swans, lambs, donkeys and horses draped(垂下)aesthetically on the branches to compliment the red and gold bulbs. The white silvery winged angel stood at the very top watching over the entire tree. I also placed a cassette player for sortie Christmas songs. It was a beautiful tree; and I knew it deserved a good feedback.
Morris, that’s my husband’s nickname, said 1 was a fanatic(狂热分子)about my tree. I couldn’t help it. It was just my way. It was a lovely tree, from the angel on top to the miniature manger(马槽)my great grandfather made underneath1. Grandma told us he carved it the first year they were married. She loved telling stories of knitting scarves(长丝巾)and mittens(手套)for presents. They lived on the plains in a small clay and lumber2 house for their first four years.
When Laura and I were children, story telling became an integral part of the family’s tradition. It was the climax3 of every night. We put the manger under the tree when the decoration was done and waited for Christmas Eve when Papa read the Bible stories. Only then were we ready to put the Baby(圣子,指耶稣)in the manger.
Laura has eleven grandchildren and we have two. Cindy and Mark, my daughter Joanne’s identical twins(同卵双生子)。are 14 years old and live in Kansas City(堪萨斯城).We’11 see them in February, but I do miss them all at Christmas. It seems a shame how families move away, but I am thankful for the invention of telephone.
That night I admired the tree critically. “Morris, don’t you think it’s a pretty tree?”
My husband looked up from his periodical and said,“yes, Cora, overall it’s a very nice tree, as always.”We plugged the lights in when the sun went down and ate peanut butter sandwiches and cheesecakes. I looked at the tree and couldn’t denote why it didn’t seem to be perfect enough.
“Cut it out,Cora,you’11 make yourself crazy. It’s a very nice tree, really. Come on look, it’s snowing,”his words led me to the opaque4 bay through the window. I sat down on the sofa(沙发)next to my husband and picked up the TV Guide. Just as Morris pushed the“()N”button to watch a basketball tournament(锦标赛),the doorbell rang.
The man who pushed the bell was covered with the new fallen snow. He was dressed warmly enough but he looked as though he had been outside a long time. “Please, may l use your telephone?”he asked.
There had been so many warnings about people doing horrible things once they got into someone’s house, my first thought was don't let him in.
“I have had ear trouble, my car battery got busted(失败了的),”he said.“I had to walk about a mile before I saw your chimney smoke and the lights shinning in the window. I guess a lot of people aren’t home tonight.”He looked so cold and before I could evaluate him Morris led him into the hall and closed the door. He said his family was in the car wrapped in blankets. They were on the way to his mother-in-law’s house.
Morris took the stranger back to the car. The young couple and their three children had started out after work. According to their timetable(时间表),they were expected to arrive at their destination four hours ago. Thirty minutes after they left Morris and the man were back with the whole family. I had poured coffee and made a few strawberry sandwiches. Morris wasn’t able to get the car started.
The man carried four-year-old Katherine. She was named after her grandmother. I asked if she was Kathy(为Katherine的昵称).“No, I’m Katherine.”she said.
The little boy was only two years older than Katherine. He held shyly to his father’s coat. “Is this Grandma’s?”he asked his mother.
“No, honey, this is someone else’s grandma.”The young mother’s white wool stole(披肩)slipped from her dark hair. She bound the baby in 3 blue blanket and maybe it w3s the 1ight’s flare5 reflecting from the ceiling’s dome6 in the hall or maybe it was the special night, but just at that moment she looked like the Madonna(圣母玛丽亚).Her big brown eyes were filled with tenderness as she touched the baby. I felt what she felt. I am a mother myself, you know. She smiled at me, like the smile of an innocent angel, without any impurity(不洁).
“What a miracle you two are, to take us in.”she said.“1 was afraid something had happened to Kevin.”She laid the baby on my cherry patterned sofa. I poured the coffee and served the sandwiches. David, the little boy, and Katherine ate slices of bacon and toast. Then we a11 went back into the living room with more coffee and cookies(小甜饼).Morris made telephone calls and left messages on answering machines. doubtful(怀疑的)that anyone would answer on Christmas Eve.
I poured a cup of coffee for the young mother and asked her name. She smiled that Madonna smile and said. “Maryann.”
“Let me hold the baby while you drink your coffee.”I said.“I think I can remember how.”
“Look at the pretty tree, Mama.”The little boy said.
“Yes, it’s a pretty tree, honey.”I said,“Look at the manger. It’s a token from my great grandfather. He made it a long time ago.”
“Can I hold the little wooden baby?”He asked.
“No, David, just look at it.”His mother said.
“Of course, you can hold it.”1 said. I handed the carved baby Jesus(耶稣)to the little boy.
His little fingers felt the smooth wood and he kissed the carving7. Then his father gently put the Baby back into the manger.
We talked and tried to decide what to do next. Kevin had kept calling his mother-in-law repeatedly. Finally, at 10:00 o’clock the man from John’s garage came with a red wrecker truck(救援车).Morris and Kevin went with him and at the minimum of twenty minutes they were back. The Kevin’s family were ready to proceed with their trip.
They all bundled into their warm clothing and Maryann kissed us goodbye. The baby had been sleeping most of the time when they were in our house. When she put his blankets around him, she handed him to me. She put the white stole back on her black hair and I looked at the baby. He opened his eyes and I knew he was too young to smile, but I told you—he did.1 would never forget the look on that infant face. Maybe it was the special night or, as I said, maybe the hall light cast a reflection, but in the blanket around the baby’s head, brightness glowed. They started out the door. “Wait!”I yelled. I put the carved infant Jesus into David’s hand. “I will never forget you.”I said.“Nor we VOU.”said the father.“or your kindness to strangers.”
As they drove out of sight Morris and I came back into the warm room. The Bible was on the coffee table where Morris pm it after he had read to me earlier. The draft from the door turned the fine Bible pages. We sat down and glanced at the holy book. “Anyone who takes care of a little child like this is caring for me!” I leaned back into my husband’s arms and looked at my Christmas tree. IT WAS A PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE!
注释:
Christmas
stripe
evenly
distribute→★tribute
swan
lamb
donkey
(a)esthetic
(a)esthetically
compliment
bulb
angel
cassette
cassette player
deserve
feedback
nickname→★name
miniature
carve
knit→★knit
clay
lumber
integral
climax
decoration→★decorate
eve
Christmas Eve
bible→★bible
identical→★identical
twin
critically→★critical
periodical
overall→★over
peanut
denote→★note
cut it out→★cut
opaque
bay
guide
basketball→★ball
horrible
battery→★beat
evaluate→★value
timetable
destination
strawberry
honey
wool
bind→★husband
flare
dome→★home
impurity
miracle
cherry
slice
bacon
toast
doubtful→★doubt
token
red→★red/violet
bundle
infant
reflection→★flex
kindness→★kind
holy

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1 underneath VKRz2     
adj.在...下面,在...底下;adv.在下面
参考例句:
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
2 lumber a8Jz6     
n.木材,木料;v.以破旧东西堆满;伐木;笨重移动
参考例句:
  • The truck was sent to carry lumber.卡车被派出去运木材。
  • They slapped together a cabin out of old lumber.他们利用旧木料草草地盖起了一间小屋。
3 climax yqyzc     
n.顶点;高潮;v.(使)达到顶点
参考例句:
  • The fifth scene was the climax of the play.第五场是全剧的高潮。
  • His quarrel with his father brought matters to a climax.他与他父亲的争吵使得事态发展到了顶点。
4 opaque jvhy1     
adj.不透光的;不反光的,不传导的;晦涩的
参考例句:
  • The windows are of opaque glass.这些窗户装着不透明玻璃。
  • Their intentions remained opaque.他们的意图仍然令人费解。
5 flare LgQz9     
v.闪耀,闪烁;n.潮红;突发
参考例句:
  • The match gave a flare.火柴发出闪光。
  • You need not flare up merely because I mentioned your work.你大可不必因为我提到你的工作就动怒。
6 dome 7s2xC     
n.圆屋顶,拱顶
参考例句:
  • The dome was supported by white marble columns.圆顶由白色大理石柱支撑着。
  • They formed the dome with the tree's branches.他们用树枝搭成圆屋顶。
7 carving 5wezxw     
n.雕刻品,雕花
参考例句:
  • All the furniture in the room had much carving.房间里所有的家具上都有许多雕刻。
  • He acquired the craft of wood carving in his native town.他在老家学会了木雕手艺。
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