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实用英语综合教程第二册-7

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UNIT 7
Text A

PRE-READING TASK

Exercise 1
The passage you are going to read is entitled "A Friend on the Line". Before you read it, think about the questions.

1. What kind of passage does it seem to be? Is it a story or a science report?
2. What does the phrase "on the line" probably mean?
3. What do you expect the passage may tell you about?

Now read the passage and check your answers.

A Friend on the Line

1. Even before I finished dialing, I somehow knew I'd made a mistake. The phone rang once, twice -- then someone picked it up.
2. "You got the wrong number!" a husky male voice snapped before the line went dead. Mystified, I dialed again.
3. "I said you got the wrong number!" came the voice. Once more the phone clicked in my ear.
4. How could he possibly know I had a wrong number? At that time, I worked for the New York City Police Department. A cop is trained to be curious -- and concerned. So I dialed a third time.
5. "Hey, c'mon," the man said. "Is this you again?"
6. "Yeah, it's me," I answered. "I was wondering how you knew I had the wrong number before I even said anything."
7. "You figure it out!" The phone slammed down.
8. I sat there for a short time, the receiver hanging loosely in my fingers. I called the man back.
9. "Did you figure it out yet?" he asked.
10. "The only thing I can think of is ... nobody ever calls you."
11. "You got it!" The phone went dead for the fourth time. Chucking, I dialed the man back.
12. "What do you want now?" he asked.
13. "I thought I'd call... just to say hello."
14. "Hello? Why?"
15 "Well, if nobody ever calls you, I thought maybe I should."
16. "Okay. Hello, Who is this?"
17. At last I had gotten through. Now he was curious. I told him who I was and asked who he was.
18. "My name's Adolf Meth. I'm 88 years old, and I haven't had this many wrong numbers in one day in 20 years!" We both laughed.
19. We talked for ten minutes.
Adolf had no family, no friends. Everyone he had been close to had died. Then we discovered we had something in common: he'd worked for the New York City Police Department for nearly 40 years. Telling me about his days there as an elevator operator, he seemed interesting, even friendly. I asked if I could call him again.
20. "Why would you want to do that?" he asked, surprised.
21. "Well, maybe we could be phone friends. You know, like pen friends."
22. He hesitated. "I wouldn't mind ... having a friend again." His voice sounded a little tentative.
23. I called Adolf the following afternoon and several days after that. Easy to talk with, he related his memories of World Wars I and II, the Hindenburg zeppelin disaster and other historic events. He was really attractive. I gave him my home and office numbers so he could call me. He did -- almost every day.
24. I was not just being kind to a lonely old man. Talking with Adolf became important to me, because I, too, had a big gap in my life. Raised in orphanages2 and foster homes, I never had a father. Gradually, Adolf took on a kind of fatherly importance to me. I talked about my job and college courses, which I attended at night.
25. Adolf warmed to the role of counselor3. While discussing a disagreement I'd had with a supervisor4, I told my new friend, "I think I ought to have it out with him."
26. "What's the rush?" Adolf cautioned. "Let things cool down. When you get as old as I am, you find out that time takes care of a lot. If things get worse, then you can talk to him."
27. There was a long silence. "You know," he said softly, "I'm talking to you just the way I'd talk to a boy of my own. I always wanted a family -- and children. You're too young to know how that feels."
28. No, I wasn't I'd always wanted a family -- and a father. But I didn't say anything, afraid I wouldn't be able to hold back the hurt I'd felt for so long.
29. For his 89th birthday I made a two-by-five-foot greeting card signed by the cops in my office and bought a birthday cake. I didn't tell Adolf I was coming, but I thought we should finally meet face to face. A postman was sorting mail as I entered the building. My heart pounded with excitement as I looked at Adolf's name on the mailbox. I wondered if Adolf would accept me in person or reject me as my father had. When there was no answer to my knocking on the door, the postman said "there is no one there."
30. "You a relative?" he said.
31. "No. Just a friend."
32. "I'm sorry," he said quietly, "Mr Meth died yesterday."
33. For a moment, I couldn't answer. I thanked him and went out, misty-eyed. Slowly, I felt a warmth surging through me. I heard Adolf's voice shouting, "Wrong number!" Then I heard him asking why I wanted to call him again.
34. "Because you mattered, Adolf ... because I was your friend."
35. I put the unopened card on my car seat, and got in.
36. "Adolf," I whispered, "I didn't get the wrong number. I got you."

New Words

husky
a. 嘶哑的

male
a. 男性的,雄的
n. 男子

mystified
a. puzzled 迷惑的,困惑的

click
v. to make a short, sharp sound 发出喀嚓声

cop
n. a policeman 警察

c'mon
int. (=come on) 得了吧,别装腔作势了

yeah
ad. (=yes) 是,是的
slam
v. to put, throw or knock with force 砰地放下,猛击

loose
a. not firmly fixed5 放松的,松弛的

loosely
ad. 松松地

chuckle6
v. to laugh quietly 暗笑

elevator
n. 电梯

hesitate
v. to hold back (as in doubt) 犹豫

tentative
a. uncertain 犹豫的,迟疑不决的

zeppelin
n. 策柏林飞艇(一种硬式飞艇)

disaster
n. a great or sudden misfortune: a terrible accident 灾难,大祸

historic
a. notable or memorable7 in history 历史上著名的

gap
n. an unfilled space 空白

orphanage1
n. a home for orphans8 孤儿院

foster
a. 收养孤儿的,收养的

fatherly
a. 1.父亲般的
2.父亲的

importance
n. being important 重要,重大

role
n. 作用,职责,任务

counselor
n. 1. an adviser9 顾问
2. a lawyer 律师

supervisor
n. a person who supervises 监督人,管理人

caution
v. to warn 告诫,警告
n. the warning words 告诫,警告

postman
n. a man employed to deliver letters. etc. 邮递员

mailbox
n. a letter-box 信箱

misty-eyed
a. 眼泪汪汪的

warmth
n. 温暖,暖流

surge
v. 涌起,奔腾

Phrases and Expressions

figure out
1.计算出
2.想出

get through
(讲话等)被理解,被接受

take on
具有(特性等), 呈现(新面貌等), 承担

warm to
爱好, 对...感兴趣

have it/ something out with someone
通过争论或斗争同某人解决纠纷, 与某人就某事讲个明白

cool down
(使)平静下来, (使)变凉

hold back
控制,抑制

face to face
面对面

in person
当面,亲自,本人


Proper Names

Adolf Meth
阿道夫.梅思(人名)

Hindenburg
兴登堡(波兰南部城市扎布热(Zabrze)的旧称)

Text B

PRE-READING TASK

Exercise 1
Before reading the passage, look at the questions.

1. What was the problem that the author came across while he was at the airport?
2. What were the reactions that the author met from those working at the airport?
3. What is the implied meaning of "Fly Pan Am. You'll never forget the experience"?

Now try to find out the answers as you read the passage.

Sorry Sir, Sorry, Sorry

1. "We've got a small problem," I said to the man at the Pan Am check-in desk in Washington. "I'm booked in on this flight to London, but I've only today discovered that they tore off the Washington to London part of the ticket on the shuttle from the New York, leaving the shuttle ticket still here."
2. "That's all right," he said, "you'll just have to buy another ticket."
3. "I beg your pardon."
4. "You will have to buy another ticket."
5. "You're joking."
6. "No, sir. That's the rule."
7. "But I booked on this flight. You can see from the front of the schedule. And presumably my details are in the computer. I can't possibly have used the ticket because the flight hasn't gone yet."
8. "No, but someone else could use it. Sorry, there's nothing I can do about it."
9. "Can I see the supervisor?"
10. "You can, but he will say exactly the same thing. He's round the corner. I'll keep a place here for you."
11. After a long discussion, if that's the right word, with the supervisor (who did make an attempt to ring Eastern Airlines to see if they had filed the mistake) I was told there was no alternative but to purchase a ticket and claim it back later.
12. I went back to my place at the front of the queue and asked, reluctantly, for a ticket.
13. "Sorry, sir" he said, "I can't sell you a ticket, this is bookings only. You'll have to go down there to the ticket sales counter".
14. "But you told me to come back here."
15. "Sorry, I cannot sell you a ticket from here."
16. Knowing a brick wall when I am speaking to one, I joined the other queue for tickets and, with less than an hour for take-off, I was standing10 no.3 behind a group of youths and a lady from Yugoslavia with her family.
17. The trouble was the computer, which was having a problem and could not call up the details of the lady's booking. Not for five minutes. Not for ten minutes. Nor even after 50 minutes when the plane was about to take off. Every attempt to try to book at another desk was met with the same answer, "We can't deal with new tickets until all the bookings have been dealt with." Back to the supervisor. No luck. One of his deputies said, "Don't worry, you will get on."
18. With the plane five minutes' overdue11 for take-off, I finally got a vacant ticket desk.
19. "One single to London, please."
20. "Sorry, sir, the plane is full up."
21. "It's what?"
22. "Full up."
23. For the umpteenth12 time, I recounted my story. "Do you really mean I can't even pay twice for a ticket I am already in the computer as having booked?"
24. "Sorry, sir, nothing I can do about it."
25. When my temper had cooled, I booked a flight out on the next flight the following morning via New York (cost 474 dollars).
26. It would be too simple to say that the moral of all this is "Fly Pan Am. You'll never forget the experience" -- because other airlines apparently13 have similar rules. But the benefits to the casual traveler of checking tickets regularly need not be understated.

Now Words

shuttlen. a plane, bus, or train which makes frequent journeys between two places 短程穿梭运行的飞机(或汽车、火车)

presumably
ad. 大概,可能

eastern
a. of, from, or living in the east part of the world or of a specified14 region 东方的,来自东方的

file
v. 1. 登记备案
2. 把(文件等)归档
n. 档案,卷宗

alternative
n. something that may be taken or chosen instead of one or more others 供选择的东西,供替代的抉择
a. (of two or more things) that may be had, used, done, etc., in place of another 供选择的,供替代的

purchase
v. to buy 购买

queue
n. a line of people waiting for their turn (排队等候的)一队人

reluctant
a. not willing 不情愿的,勉强的

reluctantly
ad. 不情愿地,勉强地

brick
n. 砖

take-off
n. (of an aeroplane) leaving the ground and rising (飞机)起飞

deputy
n. 副职,副手

overdue
a. beyond the time fixed (for arrival, payment, etc.) 过期的,延误的

vacant
a. not filled or occupied; empty 未被占用的,空的

umpteenth
a. 第无数(个,次)的

recount
v. to tell; give an account of 讲述,叙述

temper
n. 脾气,情绪,心情

moral
n. (由事件,故事等引出的)道德上的教训,寓意
a. 道德上的

casual
a. 1. 偶然的,碰巧的
2.临时的,不定期的

understate
v. 少说,少报,不完全陈述

Phrases and Expressions

book in
1. (为...)预订
2. 把...登记下来

tear off
撕去

round the corner
附近,即将发生

call up
1.从计算机中调出(信息)
2.使人想起,回忆起

full up
满员

Proper Names

Pan Am
(美国)泛美(全球)航空公司(Pan American World Airways的缩写)

Washington
华盛顿(美国首都)

Eastern Airlines
东方航空公司

Yugoslavia
南斯拉夫


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1 orphanage jJwxf     
n.孤儿院
参考例句:
  • They dispensed new clothes to the children in the orphanage.他们把新衣服发给孤儿院的小孩们。
  • They gave the proceeds of the sale to the orphanage.他们把销售的收入给了这家孤儿院。
2 orphanages f2e1fd75c22306f9e35d6060bfbc7862     
孤儿院( orphanage的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • It is Rotarians running orphanages for children who have no homes. 扶轮社员们为没有家的孩子办孤儿院。
  • Through the years, she built churches, hospitals and orphanages. 许多年来,她盖了一间间的教堂、医院、育幼院。
3 counselor czlxd     
n.顾问,法律顾问
参考例句:
  • The counselor gave us some disinterested advice.顾问给了我们一些无私的忠告。
  • Chinese commercial counselor's office in foreign countries.中国驻国外商务参赞处。
4 supervisor RrZwv     
n.监督人,管理人,检查员,督学,主管,导师
参考例句:
  • Between you and me I think that new supervisor is a twit.我们私下说,我认为新来的主管人是一个傻瓜。
  • He said I was too flighty to be a good supervisor.他说我太轻浮不能成为一名好的管理员。
5 fixed JsKzzj     
adj.固定的,不变的,准备好的;(计算机)固定的
参考例句:
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你们俩选定婚期了吗?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目标一旦确定,我们就不应该随意改变。
6 chuckle Tr1zZ     
vi./n.轻声笑,咯咯笑
参考例句:
  • He shook his head with a soft chuckle.他轻轻地笑着摇了摇头。
  • I couldn't suppress a soft chuckle at the thought of it.想到这个,我忍不住轻轻地笑起来。
7 memorable K2XyQ     
adj.值得回忆的,难忘的,特别的,显著的
参考例句:
  • This was indeed the most memorable day of my life.这的确是我一生中最值得怀念的日子。
  • The veteran soldier has fought many memorable battles.这个老兵参加过许多难忘的战斗。
8 orphans edf841312acedba480123c467e505b2a     
孤儿( orphan的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The poor orphans were kept on short commons. 贫苦的孤儿们吃不饱饭。
  • Their uncle was declared guardian to the orphans. 这些孤儿的叔父成为他们的监护人。
9 adviser HznziU     
n.劝告者,顾问
参考例句:
  • They employed me as an adviser.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • Our department has engaged a foreign teacher as phonetic adviser.我们系已经聘请了一位外籍老师作为语音顾问。
10 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • 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。
11 overdue MJYxY     
adj.过期的,到期未付的;早该有的,迟到的
参考例句:
  • The plane is overdue and has been delayed by the bad weather.飞机晚点了,被坏天气耽搁了。
  • The landlady is angry because the rent is overdue.女房东生气了,因为房租过期未付。
12 umpteenth 70fd13bbfce639c2edadd2d575ff3efc     
adj.第无数次(个)的
参考例句:
  • W; `Qmp`tinW/ pron, det: For the umpteenth time, I tell you I don't know! 我告诉你多少次了,我不知道! 来自辞典例句
  • Vera: That's the umpteenth suggestion I've made which you've turned down. 薇拉:这不知是我提出的第几个建议了,你全部不接受。 来自互联网
13 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
14 specified ZhezwZ     
adj.特定的
参考例句:
  • The architect specified oak for the wood trim. 那位建筑师指定用橡木做木饰条。
  • It is generated by some specified means. 这是由某些未加说明的方法产生的。
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