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历年考研英语阅读理解mp3(06-2)

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[00:08.45]Stratford-on-Avon, as we all know,
[00:11.88]has only one industry--William Shakespeare
[00:15.91]--but there are two distinctly separate
[00:18.33]and increasingly hostile branches.
[00:21.29]There is the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC),
[00:25.13]which presents superb productions of the plays
[00:27.55]at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre on the Avon.
[00:31.65]And there are the townsfolk
[00:32.95]who largely live off the tourists who come,
[00:36.27]not to see the plays,
[00:37.80]but to look at Anne Hathaway's Cottage,
[00:40.23]Shakespeare's birthplace and the other sights.
[00:44.14]The worthy1 residents of Stratford doubt
[00:46.36]that the theatre adds a penny to their revenue.
[00:49.28]They frankly2 dislike the RSC's actors,
[00:52.81]them with their long hair and beards
[00:55.42]and sandals and noisiness.
[00:58.16]It's all deliciously ironic
[00:59.97]when you consider that Shakespeare,
[01:01.59]who earns their living,
[01:03.51]was himself an actor (with a beard)
[01:06.54]and did his share of noise-making.
[01:09.47]The tourist streams are not entirely3 separate.
[01:12.98]The sightseers who come by bus
[01:15.10]--and often take in Warwick Castle
[01:17.62]and Blenheim Palace on the side
[01:20.14]--don't usually see the plays,
[01:22.26]and some of them are even surprised to
[01:24.45]find a theatre in Stratford.
[01:27.08]However, the playgoers do manage
[01:29.48]a little sight-seeing along with their playgoing.
[01:32.61]It is the playgoers, the RSC contends,
[01:35.64]who bring in much of the town's revenue
[01:37.94]because they spend the night
[01:39.96](some of them four or five nights) pouring cash into
[01:43.81]the hotels and restaurants.
[01:46.72]The sightseers can take in everything
[01:48.73]and get out of town by nightfall.
[01:52.39]The townsfolk don't see it this way
[01:54.93]and local council does not contribute directly to
[01:57.83]the subsidy4 of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
[02:01.46]Stratford cries poor traditionally.
[02:04.60]Nevertheless every hotel in town seems to be adding
[02:07.85]a new wing or cocktail5 lounge.
[02:10.97]Hilton is building its own hotel there,
[02:13.59]which you may be sure will be decorated with
[02:15.80]Hamlet Hamburger Bars, the Lear Lounge,
[02:19.64]the Banquo Banqueting Room, and so forth,
[02:22.65]and will be very expensive.
[02:25.18]Anyway, the townsfolk can't understand
[02:28.21]why the Royal Shakespeare Company needs a subsidy.
[02:31.76](The theatre has broken attendance records
[02:34.09]for three years in a row.
[02:36.41]Last year its 1,431 seats were 94 percent
[02:41.46]occupied all year long and this year they'll do better.)
[02:46.19]The reason, of course, is that costs have rocketed
[02:49.62]and ticket prices have stayed low.
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[02:52.43]It would be a shame to raise prices too much
[02:55.27]because it would drive away the young people
[02:57.89]who are Stratford's most attractive clientele.
[03:01.40]They come entirely for the plays, not the sights.
[03:05.15]They all seem to look alike (though they come from all over)
[03:09.04]--lean, pointed6, dedicated7 faces,
[03:12.22]wearing jeans and sandals,
[03:14.12]eating their buns and bedding down for the night
[03:16.55]on the flagstones outside the theatre
[03:18.98]to buy the 20 seats and 80 standing-room tickets
[03:22.49]held for the sleepers8 and sold to them
[03:24.51]when the box office opens at 10:30 a.m.

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1 worthy vftwB     
adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有价值的
参考例句:
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
2 frankly fsXzcf     
adv.坦白地,直率地;坦率地说
参考例句:
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
3 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
4 subsidy 2U5zo     
n.补助金,津贴
参考例句:
  • The university will receive a subsidy for research in artificial intelligence.那个大学将得到一笔人工智能研究的补助费。
  • The living subsidy for senior expert's family is included in the remuneration.报酬已包含高级专家家人的生活补贴。
5 cocktail Jw8zNt     
n.鸡尾酒;餐前开胃小吃;混合物
参考例句:
  • We invited some foreign friends for a cocktail party.我们邀请了一些外国朋友参加鸡尾酒会。
  • At a cocktail party in Hollywood,I was introduced to Charlie Chaplin.在好莱坞的一次鸡尾酒会上,人家把我介绍给查理·卓别林。
6 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
7 dedicated duHzy2     
adj.一心一意的;献身的;热诚的
参考例句:
  • He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
  • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
8 sleepers 1d076aa8d5bfd0daecb3ca5f5c17a425     
n.卧铺(通常以复数形式出现);卧车( sleeper的名词复数 );轨枕;睡觉(呈某种状态)的人;小耳环
参考例句:
  • He trod quietly so as not to disturb the sleepers. 他轻移脚步,以免吵醒睡着的人。 来自辞典例句
  • The nurse was out, and we two sleepers were alone. 保姆出去了,只剩下我们两个瞌睡虫。 来自辞典例句
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