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英语听力:威廉·莎士比亚 04. A new life in London

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   4 A new life in London

  It's two days journey to London by horse,and Will talked all the way.His eyes were bright and excited.He was full of plans,and poems,and a love of life.
  ‘I talked to one of the Queen's Men,’he told me.‘He said that he could find me work in the theatre.Acting1,perhaps.Or helping2 to write some plays.I showed him some of my writing,and he was very interested.
  When we rode into London,I began to feel afraid.This was a big,big city,and we were just two unimportant3 young men from a small town.I'll never forget the noise,and the smells,and the crowds.There were 200,000 people living in the City of London—I never saw so many people before in my life.
  We went down to the river Thames and saw the famous London Bridge,with all its shops and houses.Down the river was the Tower of London.Enemies of the Queen went into the Tower through the river gate,and mostly came out without their heads.
  We found a small inn4 in Eastcheap,not too expensive,and had some bread,meat,and beer for our supper.
  ‘Well,we're here!’Will said.‘At last!’
  ‘Mmm,’I said.‘What do we do next?’
  He laughed.‘Everything!’
  The next day we began to look for work.
  Those early years were wonderful.We didn't have much money,of course,and we had to work very hard.A new actor only got six shillings5 a week,and there wasn't work every week.I decided6 not to be an actor.
  ‘Why not?’said will.‘It's a great life.’
  We were working that month for the Queen's Men at the theatre called The Curtain up in Shoreditch.Will was acting four small parts in two different plays.He played a soldier and a murderer7 in one play,and in the other play he was a thief,and also an Italian lord8 in love with the Queen of the Night.And he loved it.
  ‘I'm not clever like you,I said.‘I can't remember all those words.I forget who I am!I say the soldier's words,when I'm an Italian lord.I come on stage too late, or too soon.I stand in all the wrong places…’
  Will laughed.‘What are you going to do,then?’
  ‘Costumes,’I said.‘And properties9.I had a talk with John Heminges,and he said they need a new man to help with all the clothes and the other things.’
  ‘Yes,’Will said slowly.‘You'll be good at that.Now,I've got a fight on stage tomorrow,and I have to die with lots of blood.How are you going to get me some blood?’
  ‘I've already got it!I smiled kindly10 at him.‘Sheep's blood I got it down at Smithfield market this morning.You can have as much blood as you want.I'm keeping it warm for you!’
  Will was good at acting.Not the best,but good.An actor had to do everything.He had to learn his words,of course—perhaps for six different plays at the same time. No theatre put on the same play every day.He had to dance,and sing,and play music.He had to jump,and fall,and fight.And the fights had to look real.The playgoers of London knew a real fight when they saw one.
  John Heminges of the Queen's Men taught us both a lot.He was a good friend,then and for many years.
  I had a lot to learn,too.I learnt how to make shoes out of brown paper.How to clean the actors hats with a bit of bread.Then they looked like new again.I ran all over London to buy the best hair for the wigs11.I learnt how to make fish,and fruit,and a piece of meat out of wood and coloured paper.
  Will was busy day and night.I don't know when he slept.He was acting in plays,he was writing his own plays,he was reading books,he was meeting other writers,making friends…He was learning,learning,learning.
  One day we were having a glass of beer with Richard Burbage at the Boar's Head in Eastcheap.Burbage was an actor with Lord Strange's Men.He was very friendly with Will.
  ‘You've written four plays now,Will,’he said.‘They're good,and you're getting better all the time.And I'm getting better as an actor all the time.Come and work with Lord Strange's Men at the Rose theatre on Bankside.You can write for us.’
  So we both went to the Rose.John Heminges came with us,and Augustine Phillips—he was a good actor,too.
  We worked harder than ever at the Rose.Plays were always in the afternoon,because of the daylight.We had rehearsals12 in the morning,and by lunch-time people were already coming across the river to get their places for the play.And more and more people came.By 1592 London was hearing the name William Shakespeare13 again and again.
  4 伦敦的新生活


1 acting czRzoc     
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
2 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
3 unimportant OfHz34     
  • Let's not quarrel about such unimportant matters.我们不要为这些小事争吵了。
  • Money seems unimportant when sets beside the joys of family life.与天伦之乐相比,金钱显得微不足道。
4 inn t69xs     
  • I shall lodge at the inn for two nights.我要在这家小店住两个晚上。
  • We stayed in a small village inn,right off the map.我们住在一家偏僻的乡村小店里。
5 shillings 06ed9988df31251829e6237a844aa5d3     
n.先令(英国1971年以前的货币单位,为一镑的二十分之一)( shilling的名词复数 )
  • The charge for labor works out at almost ten shillings an hour. 付给工人的费用算下来每小时差不多十先令。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I will venture five shillings on it. 我愿为它赌五先令。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
7 murderer 0Fwxb     
  • How long should a murderer be kept in prison?犯了谋杀罪的人应在监狱关多少年?
  • They discovered the murderer to have run away.他们发现凶手已逃之夭夭。
8 lord t0NxW     
  • I know the Lord will look after him.我知道上帝会眷顾他的。
  • How good of the Lord not to level it beyond repair!上帝多么仁慈啊,竟没有让这所房子损毁得不可收拾!
9 properties 74693d2fc58b46bd06410f278e39aa71     
房地产(property的名词复数); 财产; 所有权; 特性
  • the curative properties of herbs 药草治病的功效
  • the therapeutic properties of herbs 草药的医疗效用
10 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
11 wigs 53e7a1f0d49258e236f1a412f2313400     
n.假发,法官帽( wig的名词复数 )
  • They say that wigs will be coming in again this year. 据说今年又要流行戴假发了。 来自辞典例句
  • Frank, we needed more wigs than we thought, and we have to do some advertising. 弗兰克,因为我们需要更多的假发,而且我们还要做点广告。 来自电影对白
12 rehearsals 58abf70ed0ce2d3ac723eb2d13c1c6b5     
n.练习( rehearsal的名词复数 );排练;复述;重复
  • The earlier protests had just been dress rehearsals for full-scale revolution. 早期的抗议仅仅是大革命开始前的预演。
  • She worked like a demon all through rehearsals. 她每次排演时始终精力过人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 Shakespeare 9i7zjD     
  • Shakespeare is a giant among writers.莎士比亚是作家中的巨擘.
  • He read Shakespeare to help his English.他阅读莎士比亚的作品以提高自己的英语水平。
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