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大学英语精读第一册 Unit three: The Present

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They say that blood is thicker than water, that our relatives are more important to us than others. Everyone was so kind to the old lady on her birthday. Surely her daughter would make an even bigger effort to please he?

The Present
It was the old lady's birthday.
She got up early to be ready for the post. From the second floor flat she could see the postman when he came down the street, and the little boy from the ground floor brought up her letters on the rare occasions when anything came.
Today she was sure the would be something. Myra wouldn't forget her mother's birthday, even if she seldom wrote at other times. Of course Myra was busy. Her husband had been made Mayor, and Myra herself had got a medal for her work the aged1.
The old lady was proud of Myra, but Enid was the daughter she loved. Enid had never married, but had seemed content to live with her mother, and teach in a primary school round the corner.
One evening, however, Enid said, "I've arranged for Mrs. Morrison to look after you for a few days, Mother. Tomorrow I have to go into hospital--just a minor2 operation, I'll soon be home."
In the morning she went, but never came back--she died on the operating table. Myra came to the funeral, and in her efficient way arranged for Mrs. Morrison to come in and light the fire and give the old lady her breakfast.
Two years ago that was, and since then Myra had been to see her mother three times, but her husband never.
The old lady was eight today. She had put on her best dress. Perhaps--perhaps Myra might come. After all, eighty was a special birthday, another decade lined or endured just as you chose to look at it.
Even if Myra did not come, she would send a present. The old lady was sure of that. Two spots of colour brightened her cheeks. She was excited--like a child. She would enjoy her day.
Yesterday Mrs. Morrison had given the flat an extra clean, and today she had brought a card and a bunch of marigolds when she came to do the breakfast. Mrs. Grant downstairs had made a cake, and in the afternoon she was going down there to tea. The little boy, Johnnie, had been up with a packet of mints3, and said he wouldn't go out to play until the post had come.
"I guess you'll get lots and lots of presents," he said, "I did last were when I was six."
What would she like? A pair of slippers5 perhaps. Or a new cardigan. A cardigan would be lovely. Blue's such a pretty colour. Jim had always liked her in blue. Or a table lamp. Or a book, a travel book, with pictures, or a little clock, with clear black numbers. So many lovely things.
She stood by the window, watching. The postman turned round the corner on his bicycle. Her heart beat fast. Johnnie had seen him too and ran to the gate.
Then clatter6, clatter up the stairs. Johnnie knocked at her door.
"Granny, granny," he shouted, "I've got your post."
He gave her four envelopes. Three were unsealed cards from old friends. The fourth was sealed, in Myra's writing. The old lady felt a pang7 of disappointment.
"No parcel, Johnnie?"
"No, granny."
Maybe the parcel was too large to come by letter post. That was it. It would come later by parcel post. She must be patient.
Almost reluctantly she tore the envelope open. Folded in the card was a piece of paper. Written on the card was a message under the printed Happy Birthday -- Buy yourself something nice with the cheque, Myra and Harold.
The cheque fluttered9 to the floor like a bird with a broken wing. Slowly the old lady stooped to pick it up. Her present, her lovely present. With trembling fingers she tore it into little bits.

NEW WORDS

relative
n. 亲属,亲戚
present
n. gift 礼物,赠品
postman
n. 邮递员
rare
a. not happening often 罕见的;不常发生的
occasion
n. special time; time when sth. happens 时刻,时机;场合
mayor
n. chief official of a city or town 市长
medal
n. 奖章
aged
a. old
content
a. satisfied; pleased 满意的;高兴的
primary
a. first; earliest 首要的;最初的
arrange
vi. make preparations; plan 作安排,筹划
minor
a. not serious or important 较小的;次要的
operate
vi. cut the body in order to set right or remove a diseased part 开刀,动手术
operating table
n. a special table in a hospital, where operations are done 手术台
funeral
n. 葬礼
efficient
a. able to plan and work well 效率高的
decade
n. ten years
endure
vt. bear (pain, suffering, etc.) 忍受,忍耐
spot
n. a round area that is different from the main surface 点,斑点
brighten
vt. make bright or brighter 使发光;使发亮
cheek
n. either side of the face below the eye 面颊
extra
a. additional 额加的,外加的
clean
n. cleaning
bunch
n. things of the same kind that are tied together (一)束,(一)串
marigold
n. 万寿菊(花)
packet
n. small parcel box 小包(裹)
mint
n. 薄荷糖
slipper4
n. 拖鞋
cardigan
n. (羊毛)开衫
clatter
n. a number of rapid short knocking sounds 咔嗒声
granny
n. (colloq. for)grandmother
envelope
n. a paper cover for a letter 信封
unsealed
a. 未密封的
seal       
vt. 
sealed
a. 密封的
writing
n. handwriting 书法;笔迹
pang
n. sudden, sharp pain 剧痛
disappointment
n. sadness because one does not get what one hopes for 失望
disappoint
vt.
parcel
n. 包裹
reluctantly
ad. unwillingly10 不情愿地,勉强地
reluctant
a.
fold
vt. bend into two or more parts 折叠
cheque
n. 支票
flutter8
vt. move quickly to and fro in the air 飘动
stoop
vi. bend the body forwards and downwards11 弯腰
tremble
vi. shake uncontrollably with quick short movements 颤抖

PHRASES & EXPRESSIONS

at other times
on other occasions 在别的时候;平时
round / around the corner
very near in distance or time 在附近;即将来临
after all
in spite12 of everything; it must be remembered 毕竟;终究
be sure of
对...有把握,确信
pick up
take hold of and lift up from a surface 拿起,捡起

PROPER NAMES

Myra
迈拉(女子名)
Enid
伊妮德(女子名)
Morrison
莫里森(姓氏)
Grant
格兰特(姓氏及男子名)
Johnnie
约翰尼(John的昵称)
Jim
吉姆(James的昵称)
Harold


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1 aged 6zWzdI     
adj.年老的,陈年的
参考例句:
  • He had put on weight and aged a little.他胖了,也老点了。
  • He is aged,but his memory is still good.他已年老,然而记忆力还好。
2 minor e7fzR     
adj.较小(少)的,较次要的;n.辅修学科;vi.辅修
参考例句:
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
3 mints 10bc65cea162817fd4efeee541a7ffeb     
薄荷( mint的名词复数 ); 铸币厂; 薄荷糖; 巨额(的钱)
参考例句:
  • Taxes were regularized, tariffs lifted, private mints abolished and the debased currency restored. 税收调整了,关税提高了,私人造币厂废除了,贬值货币恢复了。 来自英汉非文学 - 文明史
  • Rough-surfaced mints without surfactant did not create such large fountains. 由粗糙表面的薄荷糖们没有表面活性剂的话不会有那么大的喷泉。
4 slipper px9w0     
n.拖鞋
参考例句:
  • I rescued the remains of my slipper from the dog.我从那狗的口中夺回了我拖鞋的残留部分。
  • The puppy chewed a hole in the slipper.小狗在拖鞋上啃了一个洞。
5 slippers oiPzHV     
n. 拖鞋
参考例句:
  • a pair of slippers 一双拖鞋
  • He kicked his slippers off and dropped on to the bed. 他踢掉了拖鞋,倒在床上。
6 clatter 3bay7     
v./n.(使)发出连续而清脆的撞击声
参考例句:
  • The dishes and bowls slid together with a clatter.碟子碗碰得丁丁当当的。
  • Don't clatter your knives and forks.别把刀叉碰得咔哒响。
7 pang OKixL     
n.剧痛,悲痛,苦闷
参考例句:
  • She experienced a sharp pang of disappointment.她经历了失望的巨大痛苦。
  • She was beginning to know the pang of disappointed love.她开始尝到了失恋的痛苦。
8 flutter q7NyX     
vi.振翼,飘动,快速跳动;n.紧张,激动不安
参考例句:
  • Our surprise attack put the enemy into a flutter.我们的奇袭使敌人张皇失措。
  • They unfurled the flag and let it flutter in the wind.他们将旗展开让其迎风招展。
9 fluttered 85b1a29c3fca2cf40850cc8ee4dc354e     
v.飘动( flutter的过去式和过去分词 );(心)快速跳动;振翼,拍翅膀
参考例句:
  • Flags fluttered in the breeze. 旗帜在微风中飘扬。
  • Imes concluded from her fluttered look that she had spent the money. 艾姆斯从她慌张的眼神推断出她花光了钱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 unwillingly wjjwC     
adv.不情愿地
参考例句:
  • He submitted unwillingly to his mother. 他不情愿地屈服于他母亲。
  • Even when I call, he receives unwillingly. 即使我登门拜访,他也是很不情愿地接待我。
11 downwards MsDxU     
adj./adv.向下的(地),下行的(地)
参考例句:
  • He lay face downwards on his bed.他脸向下伏在床上。
  • As the river flows downwards,it widens.这条河愈到下游愈宽。
12 spite uv7wD     
n.(用于短语)虽然,不顾,尽管
参考例句:
  • He has modern ideas in spite of his great age.尽管他年事很高,但思想观念却很入时。
  • In spite of his anger,his remarks were restrained.他尽管生气,说的话还是有节制的。
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