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21世纪大学英语读写基础教程 Unit8

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Unit 8

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When a seven-year-old boy declared that he had fallen in love with a seven-year-old girl, the adults laughed, and the young ones did not understand why. In their eyes, their love was serious and important indeed.

Young and in Love

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Ryan has never had a girlfriend. Not because he is against the idea, but because it has never actually occurred to him. He is 7.
When Ryan's father tells him about Katie, a girl who will also be at the weekend getaway, Ryan starts bouncing around as if hit with an electric charge. Maybe it's just that there will be a kid the same age there. He gets so sick of being the only kid around when he and his dad do stuff.
Or maybe it's that Katie is reported to like a lot of the same things Ryan likes. Maybe it's the words his father says, the words that Ryan will not be able to get out of his ears: "They say she has 311 Pokemon cards."
Ryan has never met anyone with 311 Pokemon cards. He himself has 204. He gathers all of his and puts them in a box, so that he can show them to the girl named Katie.
The place is filled with grown-ups when he arrives, old friends drinking beer. Ryan wanders around, saying, "Where's Katie?" until someone points to the family room. He charges in there, hoping it's true.
He sees her there curled up on a couch with her mother, watching "Rug-rats." She has long brown hair and big green eyes. "I'm Ryan!" he announces.
She looks at him. She says something Ryan has never heard before. She says: "I have pneumonia1."
Ryan has never met anyone with pneumonia before. There is no denying it any longer. This girl is special.
He says, "Do you want to see my Pokemon cards?" She stands up, takes him away to compare collections. She does not brag2 about the fact that she has more cards than he does, which you have to admit is a class act.
A half-hour goes by. Ryan and Katie return to the family room, where many of the grown-ups have gathered. "He asked me to be his girlfriend!" Katie announces.
"I have a crush on her!" Ryan says.
"I had two boyfriends before," Katie says. "But they were annoying. Not like Ryan. He is the best boyfriend I have ever had."
Katie and Ryan can't understand why the grown-ups are laughing; they don't understand that sweethearts don't just come out and say these things. Love isn't like this. Love is something that happens in code. Love is a complicated game of pretending not to love, not to care, so that the other one will have no choice but to love and care. At least this is how it works when you're... mature.
They spend the day comparing Pokemon cards. It feels as if they could do this forever. Katie gives Ryan a Psyduck card, and not just because she has six of them. She gives it to him because Psyduck is her very favorite Pokemon character.
When it is time to go, Ryan asks if someone can please show him a map, so he can see how far away Katie lives. His father tells him it's a few hundred miles. Ryan feels like throwing up. Katie says, "How about e-mail?" Katie has all the good ideas. Katie's mom and Ryan'a dad agree to set up accounts for the kids.
On the drive home, Ryan holds his Psyduck card. He flips4 it over. He places it next to his cheek. As soon as he walks in the door, he turns on his dad's computer. For his screen name he chooses Psyduck plus a few of Katie's favorite numbers, and KRKRKR for a password, as many K's next to as many R's as he can fit. In his message he says, "Dear Katie, Hi it's me. What's up? I was just wondering (what was up.) I miss you. Love, Ryan."
He awaits her response. He waits an hour. By the second hour, he is sitting at the computer in tears. "What happened?" he wails6 to his dad. He wonders if she forgot about him, if any of it was really true. The answer could mean everything. This is love at ground zero. This is a trial run for a heart that will one day occupy a man.
"You've got mail," the computer says. And there she is. "Dear Ryan," she writes. "I just got home. I miss you. I am so glad I am your girlfriend. Love, Katie."
Ryan is so happy he can hardly type the words back. "I got your message!" he writes. "It was a great message. It's the only message I have ever got, so it is and always will be my favorite."
(778 words)

New Words

girlfriend
n. 女朋友

weekend
n. 周末

getaway
n. a period of rest and relaxation7, esp. a short one (离开大城市的)短暂休假

bounce
vi. 1. jump up and down 蹦蹦跳跳
2. strike a surface and rebound8 反弹

charge
n. 电荷;电量
vi. rush forward 向前冲

dad
n. 爸爸

grown-up
n. 成人

beer
n. 啤酒

* couch
n. 长沙发

pneumonia
n. 肺炎

deny
vt. say that (sth.) is not true 否认;不承认

collection
n. 收藏(品)

brag
v. say or declare sth. in a proud way 自夸,吹嘘

class
n. (口)高质量;出色的风度

class act
(美俚)出类拔萃的人;出色的事物

annoy
vt. make (sb.) angry 使烦恼,使生气

sweetheart
n. 心上人,恋人

code
n. 代码;密码

complicated
a. difficult to explain or understand 复杂的,难懂的

mature
a. fully9 grown or developed 成熟的

e-mail
n. electronic mail 电子邮件

* flip3
vt. turn (sth.) quickly 快速翻动;转动

cheek
n. 脸颊

screen
n. 屏幕

password
n. 口令,密码

await
vt. wait for 等待

wail5
vt. 哭着说

trial
n. 试;试验

trial run
试行;试车;试航;试演

occupy
vt. take up (a place) 占据

purpose
n. an intention or plan 目的

mail
n. 邮件

Phrases and Expressions

be sick of
be tired of 厌倦

curl up
sit or lie with legs drawn10 up 蜷缩

brag about
say or declare (sth.) in a very proud way 夸口,吹嘘

go by
pass (时间)过去

have a crush on
(口)非常喜欢;狂热地爱上

come out
appear in public 露面

throw up
vomit11 呕吐

set up
establish or arrange 建立

flip over
turn over (quickly) 快速翻过来

in tears
crying 哭泣着,流着泪

Proper Names

Jeanne Marie Laskas
珍妮·玛丽·拉斯克斯(人名)

Ryan
赖安(男子名)

Katie
卡蒂(女子名)

Pokemon
“宠物小精灵”(又译“口袋怪兽、”“神奇宝贝”。Pocket Monsters 的简略。日本出品有一系列的电子游戏、动画片、连环画、游戏卡等。)

Rug-rats
《小捣蛋》(美国卡通片)

Psyduck
傻鸭(宠物名)


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1 pneumonia s2HzQ     
n.肺炎
参考例句:
  • Cage was struck with pneumonia in her youth.凯奇年轻时得过肺炎。
  • Pneumonia carried him off last week.肺炎上星期夺去了他的生命。
2 brag brag     
v./n.吹牛,自夸;adj.第一流的
参考例句:
  • He made brag of his skill.他夸耀自己技术高明。
  • His wealth is his brag.他夸张他的财富。
3 flip Vjwx6     
vt.快速翻动;轻抛;轻拍;n.轻抛;adj.轻浮的
参考例句:
  • I had a quick flip through the book and it looked very interesting.我很快翻阅了一下那本书,看来似乎很有趣。
  • Let's flip a coin to see who pays the bill.咱们来抛硬币决定谁付钱。
4 flips 7337c22810735b9942f519ddc7d4e919     
轻弹( flip的第三人称单数 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
参考例句:
  • Larry flips on the TV while he is on vacation in Budapest. 赖瑞在布达佩斯渡假时,打开电视收看节目。
  • He flips through a book before making a decision. 他在决定买下一本书前总要先草草翻阅一下。
5 wail XMhzs     
vt./vi.大声哀号,恸哭;呼啸,尖啸
参考例句:
  • Somewhere in the audience an old woman's voice began plaintive wail.观众席里,一位老太太伤心地哭起来。
  • One of the small children began to wail with terror.小孩中的一个吓得大哭起来。
6 wails 6fc385b881232f68e3c2bd9685a7fcc7     
痛哭,哭声( wail的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The child burst into loud wails. 那个孩子突然大哭起来。
  • Through this glaciated silence the white wails of the apartment fixed arbitrary planes. 在这冰封似的沉寂中,公寓的白色墙壁构成了一个个任意的平面。 来自英汉非文学 - 科幻
7 relaxation MVmxj     
n.松弛,放松;休息;消遣;娱乐
参考例句:
  • The minister has consistently opposed any relaxation in the law.部长一向反对法律上的任何放宽。
  • She listens to classical music for relaxation.她听古典音乐放松。
8 rebound YAtz1     
v.弹回;n.弹回,跳回
参考例句:
  • The vibrations accompanying the rebound are the earth quake.伴随这种回弹的振动就是地震。
  • Our evil example will rebound upon ourselves.我们的坏榜样会回到我们自己头上的。
9 fully Gfuzd     
adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地
参考例句:
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
10 drawn MuXzIi     
v.拖,拉,拔出;adj.憔悴的,紧张的
参考例句:
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
11 vomit TL9zV     
v.呕吐,作呕;n.呕吐物,吐出物
参考例句:
  • They gave her salty water to make her vomit.他们给她喝盐水好让她吐出来。
  • She was stricken by pain and began to vomit.她感到一阵疼痛,开始呕吐起来。
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