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How David and Lilly Got Together

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    Some years ago, a good family moved into the third floor apartment of the tenement1 where we lived in the Bronx. David was the son and he was going to medical school. He was also an 1)avid2 reader so he spent most of his free time in the library. The librarian there was a pretty, soft-spoken young woman named Lilly. The kids all loved her. If we couldn’t find a book she would stop whatever she was doing, smile at us warmly and launch a search to find it for us. She was a hard worker.

    She also secretly admired our new neighbor David. Whenever he entered the small neighborhood library, Lilly’s eyes lit up and observed his wandering path through the 2)stacks of books. She never 3)struck up a conversation with him though. She was much too shy, and in those days a woman didn't talk to a stranger without a formal introduction. One evening, as Lilly was closing up the library, her assistant bent3 down near the desk to 4)retrieve4 an unopened envelope off the floor. She showed it to Lilly and they noted5 that it was sent from a major city hospital.

     “It looked so important,” the assistant said. “Some poor person is probably looking for it 5)frantically6. It must have fallen out of his pocket or book.” Lilly glanced at the address of the 6)recipient7 and was surprised to see it was for the building right next to hers. She took the letter so she could 7)drop it by the man’s apartment on her way home. She 8)turned out the lights, finished locking the library and hurried home, where she quickly 9)set down her bags. 10)Clutching the envelope, she 11)ran across the way, entered the front 12)lobby next store and scanned the mailboxes. She found a Gordon, the same last name listed on the envelope. Lilly walked up the three flights of stairs and was greeted at the door by a sweet older woman who was leaning on a crutch8.

     “Oh, thank you so much, she said. “Well, here’s the letter. Is David Gordon your husband” “Oh no,” she answered. “That’s my son. We were wondering where the letter went. ” She looked Lilly up and down. “Well, look at us, standing9 here like strangers, ” the woman said smiling brightly. “Come and sit for a moment and have some tea. Please. ” As she 13)motioned Lilly to a chair, the lady talked about the letter. “When I get mail for my son, I always put it on the kitchen table so he can find it when he comes home. This letter was important so I stuck it in his book. You see, he is going to medical school to be a 14)specialist, ” she said proudly. Just then, the door opened and in walked her son, David.

     Upon seeing that he was the young man she had admired so long, Lilly felt her heart beat faster. His mother excitedly explained to him what had happened to the letter. David looked at Lilly in astonishment10. “Gosh, you’re from the library? Thank you. I was looking high and low for that letter. ” He turned to his mother. “You see, I was accepted to the hospital’s medical program. ” Then he turned back to Lilly and smiled shyly, “Thanks again, Miss Uhhh... I didn’t get your name?”

     “Lilly, ” she said, smiling her warmest smile. And so began Lilly and David’s life together.

     But now for the whole story. After they had been married 25 years, he told us the truth about the letter. David was a 15)cardiovascular specialist by then and his dear Lilly, the mother of their three children was sitting by his side as he told us. You see, David wasn’t that avid a reader as it turns out. He just wanted to see that pretty young librarian. He told his mother about the girl at his local library, but he was shy and didn’t know how to approach her. His mother 16)devised a 17)scheme.

     Every time David went to the library, he was to drop an envelope addressed to himself on the floor. David’s mother hoped Lilly would retrieve it for him, call him over to the desk and give him a chance to strike up a conversation. So David 18)dutifully dropped a letter each time he visited the library, but each time someone would see the envelope 19)fluttering to the floor and rush to 20)reclaim11 it for him.

     “Oh sir,” he’d hear someone cry out. But when he turned, it was never Lilly. On the day he finally met Lilly, David waited till no one was left in the building but Lilly and her assistant. Once again he dropped his letter by the desk. The next day he hoped he could come back and ask Lilly if she had found an envelope with his name on it. The plan worked far better than he imagined when Lilly showed up in person to deliver the letter. While David was telling the story, his beautiful wife Lilly began laughing 21)hysterically12.

     “David,” she said, when she caught her breath. “You didn’t seal that envelope very well. We opened it at the library. I saw that there was nothing but a blank piece of paper inside. But I was dying to 22)figure out what you 23)were up to so I 24)played along. David, you are a terrible actor.” She turned her 25)twinkling eyes to her husband’s. “But Oh, David, I loved you so.”CE















1) avid [5Avid] a. 渴望的

2) stacks [stAks] n. 书架,书库

3) strike up 建立起,使开始

4) retrieve[ri5tri:v] v. 找回,取回

5) frantically [frAntikEli] adv. 疯狂似地

6) recipient [ri5sipiEnt] n. 接受者,领受者

7) drop by 顺便拜访

8) turn out 熄灭

9) set down 放下

10) clutch [klQtF] v. 抓住         

11) run across 跑着穿过

12) lobby [5lCbi] n. 大厅     

13) motion [5mEuFEn] v. 打手势,示意

14) specialist [5speFElist] n. 专门医师,专家

15) cardiovascular [7 ka:diEu5vAskjulE]a. 脏血管的

16) devise [di5vaiz] v. 想出(办法),做出(计划)

17) scheme [ski:m] n. 计划,策划

18) dutifully [5djutifuli] adv. 忠实地,忠贞地

19) flutter [5flQtEr] v. 飘动

20) reclaim [ri5kleim] v. 要求归还

21) hysterically [his5terikEli] adv. 歇斯底里地

22) figure out 想出来

23) be up to 做,弄

24) play along 参与,合作                          

25) twinkling [5twiNkEliN] a. 闪烁的,闪亮的



1 tenement Egqzd5     
  • They live in a tenement.他们住在廉价公寓里。
  • She felt very smug in a tenement yard like this.就是在个这样的杂院里,她觉得很得意。
2 avid ponyI     
  • He is rich,but he is still avid of more money.他很富有,但他还想贪图更多的钱。
  • She was avid for praise from her coach.那女孩渴望得到教练的称赞。
3 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
4 retrieve ZsYyp     
  • He was determined to retrieve his honor.他决心恢复名誉。
  • The men were trying to retrieve weapons left when the army abandoned the island.士兵们正试图找回军队从该岛撤退时留下的武器。
5 noted 5n4zXc     
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
6 frantically ui9xL     
ad.发狂地, 发疯地
  • He dashed frantically across the road. 他疯狂地跑过马路。
  • She bid frantically for the old chair. 她发狂地喊出高价要买那把古老的椅子。
7 recipient QA8zF     
a.接受的,感受性强的 n.接受者,感受者,容器
  • Please check that you have a valid email certificate for each recipient. 请检查是否对每个接收者都有有效的电子邮件证书。
  • Colombia is the biggest U . S aid recipient in Latin America. 哥伦比亚是美国在拉丁美洲最大的援助对象。
8 crutch Lnvzt     
  • Her religion was a crutch to her when John died.约翰死后,她在精神上依靠宗教信仰支撑住自己。
  • He uses his wife as a kind of crutch because of his lack of confidence.他缺乏自信心,总把妻子当作主心骨。
9 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
10 astonishment VvjzR     
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他们听见他惊奇地大叫一声。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我对她的奇怪举动不胜惊异。
11 reclaim NUWxp     
  • I have tried to reclaim my money without success.我没能把钱取回来。
  • You must present this ticket when you reclaim your luggage.当你要取回行李时,必须出示这张票子。
12 hysterically 5q7zmQ     
ad. 歇斯底里地
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。
  • She sobbed hysterically, and her thin body was shaken. 她歇斯底里地抽泣着,她瘦弱的身体哭得直颤抖。
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