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新编大学英语教程第四册Unit 14

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 Water ,Water Everywhere 

Pilot Officer Peter Thawaites stirred uneasly in his sleep .As he came out of the deep pit of oblivious1 ,something in the unconscious depth of memory twithced like the nerve of an aching tooth .Hanging in the vast void between sleeping and waking .He remembered with nightmare horror that he had gone to sleep under circumstances of crisis .His confused mind struggled for clear rememberance.Panic seized him as it flashe through his brain that he might have dozed2 off to sleep at the comtrols of his plane and even now be hurtling out of control to the ground.His drugged will battled titanically3 with the bonds of sleep ,and slowly ,panifully and confusingly he came awake ,his nerves jerking with the urgent need to he ready to deal with an emergency as soon as his wits were back with him .
With a reflex action he felt for the aileronls with his feet ,and his hands steadied an imaginary joy-sticker .As his eyes began to focus ,he saw a huge yellow mass before him .His brain reeled in terror ,and for moments he could not even tell how near or far it was .Then in a flash memory flowed back ,sparked by a smell-the smell of the sea.He looked wildly about .It was still there ,all around him ,as far as the eye could see.The puffed-up yellow thing before his eyes (it was only cemtimeters away )was his inflated5 life-saving jacket .
He did not feel cold in this sickly-tepid tropical sea :soon he would be feeling too hot again ,he knew .He had crashed in the sea at about noon the day before ,and had managed to extricate6 himself from his little plane and inflated his life-jacket .Now he looked around him to see wether the yellow stain which was intended to help rescue planes to spot him was still there .He added a little more of the dye ,and scanned the sky anxiously .Dawn was breaking ,and he might expect the search to begin when it was fully4 light .Luckily the sea was dead calm ,so that the tiny patch of yellow dye which would alone be visible to a plane would be relatively8 easy to see .Peter remembered searches he had taken part in ,and his heart sank with the memory of how difficult it was to spot a lone7 man in the vastness of the sea .He kept a sharp eye open for sharks .He had a supply of shark-repellent with him ,but he wanted to use it economically 
The sky reeddened rapidly and the sun rose above the curve of horizon-the burning ,pitless sun which yet offered hop9 of rescue .Peter scooped10 up some water in his hands and poured ith over his hair .In a spirit of bravado11 ,he reached for the comb ih his breast-pocket,but a jab of pain reminded him that probably had a broken rib12 .His hair would have to wait .It would be nice to be rescued with well-combed hair ,but it was not worth the danger of a perforated lung .
As the sun rose higher ,thirst began to take a central place in Peter’s consciousness .He remembered the shipwreched sailor’s cry,:Water ,water everywhere,nor any drop to drink!”People ,he had read ,went mad with thirst and threw themselves overboard .How could one throw oneself overboard a life-jacket ?He grinned ruefully to himself at the thought .Then the answer came to him in a flash :by pulling out the stopper and letting all the air out !He was unaccountably pleased to have found the answer to his conumdrum so quickly .Then he was alarmed that he had been pleased by such a grim thought .Could it be that he was already going mad?Or was it his irrepressilbe sense of humour rising above circumstancs ?He looked at the stopper on the life-jackedt .A strong compulison grew in him to pull it out ,the sort of the compulsion he had often felt as an adolescentp-to jump out of first-moving train ,or to pull the feather in a pompous13 lady’ hat .He resolutely14 drove the compulsive thought out of his mind ,but it kept edging its way in again with alarming persistence15 .
He did not know when he first became aware of the sound of aeroplane engines:perhaps he had dozed off under the scorching16 rays of the sun ,for as far as he remebered ,one moment there was absolute stillness ,and in the nest the deep hum of distant aircraft –more than one ,he thought .He resisted the impulse to shout “ridiculous !The planes were coming from the northeast .Affter a time he knew that they were sweeping17 the sea ,the engines first sounding louder for a time and then dimmer again.Each time they grew louder he cheered under his breath and strined his eyes in the direction to the noise .Each time the sound grew dim he slumped18 in his life-jacket and groaned19 .Frequently he prayed aloud ,”Oh ,God!Let them find me !Oh ,God !Let them find me .
When it did happen ,it all happened very quicly and smoothly20 .A seaplane appeared on the northern horizon and rapidly grew bigger.I t was flying at about 8,000 metres .He waved and shouted desperately21 ,although he knew they coul not hear above the roar of their engines .Then the plane veered22 sharply in his direction ,with its left wing dipping low .It straightened out ,throttled23 back and came in to a perfect landing a few hundred paddled ove to him and lifted him gently in :”How are you feeling ,old man ?”asked one of them ,a naval24 lieutenant25 “A bit thirsty ,”said Peter .


1 oblivious Y0Byc     
  • Mother has become quite oblivious after the illness.这次病后,妈妈变得特别健忘。
  • He was quite oblivious of the danger.他完全没有察觉到危险。
2 dozed 30eca1f1e3c038208b79924c30b35bfc     
v.打盹儿,打瞌睡( doze的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He boozed till daylight and dozed into the afternoon. 他喝了个通霄,昏沉沉地一直睡到下午。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • I dozed off during the soporific music. 我听到这催人入睡的音乐,便不知不觉打起盹儿来了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 titanically 87a3564e50f81e934fc7567fe640a405     
4 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
5 inflated Mqwz2K     
adj.(价格)飞涨的;(通货)膨胀的;言过其实的;充了气的v.使充气(于轮胎、气球等)( inflate的过去式和过去分词 );(使)膨胀;(使)通货膨胀;物价上涨
  • He has an inflated sense of his own importance. 他自视过高。
  • They all seem to take an inflated view of their collective identity. 他们对自己的集体身份似乎都持有一种夸大的看法。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 extricate rlCxp     
  • How can we extricate the firm from this trouble?我们该如何承救公司脱离困境呢?
  • She found it impossible to extricate herself from the relationship.她发现不可能把自己从这种关系中解脱出来。
7 lone Q0cxL     
  • A lone sea gull flew across the sky.一只孤独的海鸥在空中飞过。
  • She could see a lone figure on the deserted beach.她在空旷的海滩上能看到一个孤独的身影。
8 relatively bkqzS3     
  • The rabbit is a relatively recent introduction in Australia.兔子是相对较新引入澳大利亚的物种。
  • The operation was relatively painless.手术相对来说不痛。
9 hop vdJzL     
  • The children had a competition to see who could hop the fastest.孩子们举行比赛,看谁单足跳跃最快。
  • How long can you hop on your right foot?你用右脚能跳多远?
10 scooped a4cb36a9a46ab2830b09e95772d85c96     
v.抢先报道( scoop的过去式和过去分词 );(敏捷地)抱起;抢先获得;用铲[勺]等挖(洞等)
  • They scooped the other newspapers by revealing the matter. 他们抢先报道了这件事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The wheels scooped up stones which hammered ominously under the car. 车轮搅起的石块,在车身下发出不吉祥的锤击声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 bravado CRByZ     
  • Their behaviour was just sheer bravado. 他们的行为完全是虚张声势。
  • He flourished the weapon in an attempt at bravado. 他挥舞武器意在虚张声势。
12 rib 6Xgxu     
  • He broke a rib when he fell off his horse.他从马上摔下来折断了一根肋骨。
  • He has broken a rib and the doctor has strapped it up.他断了一根肋骨,医生已包扎好了。
13 pompous 416zv     
  • He was somewhat pompous and had a high opinion of his own capabilities.他有点自大,自视甚高。
  • He is a good man underneath his pompous appearance. 他的外表虽傲慢,其实是个好人。
14 resolutely WW2xh     
  • He resolutely adhered to what he had said at the meeting. 他坚持他在会上所说的话。
  • He grumbles at his lot instead of resolutely facing his difficulties. 他不是果敢地去面对困难,而是抱怨自己运气不佳。
15 persistence hSLzh     
  • The persistence of a cough in his daughter puzzled him.他女儿持续的咳嗽把他难住了。
  • He achieved success through dogged persistence.他靠着坚持不懈取得了成功。
16 scorching xjqzPr     
adj. 灼热的
  • a scorching, pitiless sun 灼热的骄阳
  • a scorching critique of the government's economic policy 对政府经济政策的严厉批评
17 sweeping ihCzZ4     
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
18 slumped b010f9799fb8ebd413389b9083180d8d     
大幅度下降,暴跌( slump的过去式和过去分词 ); 沉重或突然地落下[倒下]
  • Sales have slumped this year. 今年销售量锐减。
  • The driver was slumped exhausted over the wheel. 司机伏在方向盘上,疲惫得睡着了。
19 groaned 1a076da0ddbd778a674301b2b29dff71     
v.呻吟( groan的过去式和过去分词 );发牢骚;抱怨;受苦
  • He groaned in anguish. 他痛苦地呻吟。
  • The cart groaned under the weight of the piano. 大车在钢琴的重压下嘎吱作响。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 smoothly iiUzLG     
  • The workmen are very cooperative,so the work goes on smoothly.工人们十分合作,所以工作进展顺利。
  • Just change one or two words and the sentence will read smoothly.这句话只要动一两个字就顺了。
21 desperately cu7znp     
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
22 veered 941849b60caa30f716cec7da35f9176d     
v.(尤指交通工具)改变方向或路线( veer的过去式和过去分词 );(指谈话内容、人的行为或观点)突然改变;(指风) (在北半球按顺时针方向、在南半球按逆时针方向)逐渐转向;风向顺时针转
  • The bus veered onto the wrong side of the road. 公共汽车突然驶入了逆行道。
  • The truck veered off the road and crashed into a tree. 卡车突然驶离公路撞上了一棵树。 来自《简明英汉词典》
23 throttled 1be2c244a7b85bf921df7bf52074492b     
v.扼杀( throttle的过去式和过去分词 );勒死;使窒息;压制
  • He throttled the guard with his bare hands. 他徒手掐死了卫兵。
  • The pilot got very low before he throttled back. 飞行员减速之前下降得很低。 来自《简明英汉词典》
24 naval h1lyU     
  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
  • The harbour is an important naval base.该港是一个重要的海军基地。
25 lieutenant X3GyG     
  • He was promoted to be a lieutenant in the army.他被提升为陆军中尉。
  • He prevailed on the lieutenant to send in a short note.他说动那个副官,递上了一张简短的便条进去。
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