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新视野大学英语 读写教程第一册 unit6-a

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Unit 6

Section A

Pre-reading Activities

First Listening
Having ideas about a story before you read it is an important reading skill. Please listen to a very short piece of recording1.

Second Listening
Now listen to the recording for the second time and try to the best of your ability to answer the following questions.
1. Why is the woman in this story in pain?
2. Where did the wife think the strange wedding guest had come from? Why did her husband not agree with her?
3. What gift did the strange wedding guest give to the new husband and wife?
The Widow

Alone now, the widow reads considerably2. She used to underline favorite passages to share with her husband. Now, in a notebook, she stores quotations4 like this one from Elizabeth Jolley's Cabin Fever: "I experience again the deep-felt wish to be part of a married couple, to sit by the fire in winter with the man who is my husband. So intense is this wish that if I write the word husband on a piece of paper, my eyes fill with tears."
Why are these lines so painful?
We begin with a worn wedding album. In the first picture, the bride and groom5 are facing, with uncertain smiles, a church filled with relatives and friends. The bride did not wear glasses that day, so everything was a blur6 of candlelight and faces.
They walked to the back of the church and stood at the door as their guests filed past. From colleagues and old schoolmates came cheerful good wishes clothed in friendly jokes. Some relatives, however, were not pleased. One sat in a car, crying; another stood surrounded by sympathizers offering pity. Both these women—mothers of the bride and groom-would have insisted they wanted only the best for their children but they defined "the best" as staying home to help support the family.
The last person to approach the couple was a short, elderly woman who smiled as she congratulated them — not by name but as "wife" and "husband".
"I'm Aunt Esther Gubbins," she said. "I'm here to tell you you are going to live a good life and be happy. You will work hard and love each other."
Then quickly, for such a short, portly, elderly person, she disappeared.
Soon they departed, in a borrowed car. With money loaned by the groom's brother, they could afford a honeymoon7 at a state-park lodge8. Sitting before a great oak fire, they recalled the events of the day, especially the strange message conveyed by Aunt Esther Gubbins.
"Is she your mother's sister or your father's?" asked the wife.
"Isn't she your aunt?" the husband responded. "I never saw her before."
They wondered. Had she come to the wrong church or at the wrong time, mistaking them for another couple? Or was she just an old woman who liked weddings and scanned for announcements in church bulletins?
With the passage of time and the birth of grandchildren, their mothers accepted their marriage. One made piles of clothes for the children; the other knitted hats, sweaters and gloves.
The couple's life together was very ordinary. Peculiarly, neither ever asked "Whose job is this?" or asserted "That is not my responsibility!" Both acted to fill their needs as time and opportunity allowed.
Arriving from work, he might announce, "Wife, I am home!" And she, restraining the desire to complain about her housework, would respond, "Husband, I am glad!"
Occasionally, usually around their anniversary, they would bring up the old curiosity regarding Aunt Esther Gubbins. He would insist the elderly woman did attend their wedding accidentally. But she knew "Aunt Esther" was on some heavenly mission.
Widowed now, the wife wonders what she would save from their old home if it were to catch fire: Her mother's ring? Pictures of her husband? The $47 hidden in the sugar bowl?
No, it would be the worn, fading envelope she kept for so long. She knows exactly where it can be found: under a pile of napkins.
One evening her husband had fallen asleep while reading a spy novel. She wrote a note on the envelope and left it on his book: "Husband, I have gone next door to help Mrs. Norton with her sick children."
The next morning she saw he had written below her message: "Wife, I missed you. You thought I was asleep, but I was just resting my eyes and thinking about that peculiar9 woman who talked to us in church a long time ago. It has always seemed to me that she was the wrong shape for a heavenly messenger. Anyway, it's time to stop wondering whether she came from heaven or a nearby town. What matters is this: whoever she was, Aunt Esther Gubbins was right."

Words: 700

n. a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again 寡妇

a. fairly large 相当的

ad. much 相当地,很多

vt. 1. draw a line under 划横线
2. give added attention to, so as to show importance 强调;使突出

n. 1. a sentence drawn10 from literature or a piece taken from a work of art 引文;摘抄
2. the price of sth. 报价

n. a small roughly built house 小屋

n. a book for storing photos 相册

n. a woman about to be married or just married 新娘

n. a man about to be married or just married 新郎

n. sth. whose shape is not clearly seen 模糊的影子
vt. make difficult to see clearly 使模糊

vi. 1. walk one behind the other 一个接一个地走
2. make a written request for a position 提出
vt. 1. put away (papers, etc.) in order 归档
2. place an exhibit among the records of a court, public office or government 提出(申请等)
n. 1. a store of papers on one subject 保存的文件
2. the furniture or box for storing papers 文件夹,文件箱
3. a line of people one behind the other 纵列

n. a fellow worker 同事

n. a friend or person one works or lives with 伙伴

n. a friend or person one studies with 同学

a. happy 幸福的,高兴的

vt. be or go around on every side 包围

sympathize (英sympathise)
vi. (with) show feeling for another 同情

n. a person who offers sympathy 同情者

vt. express good luck or pleasure at someone's success 祝贺

a. over-weight; fat 胖的

vi. go out of sight 消失

vi. leave; go away 离开

vt. lend 借给,贷给
n. quantity of money lent 贷款

n. the holiday taken by a man and woman who have just got married 蜜月

n. a small house 小屋
vi. stay somewhere and pay rent 住宿;投宿

n. a large broad tree with hard wood and curled leaves 橡树

vt. remember 回忆,回想

vt. make known; communicate; express 传达

vi. (to)answer 回答;反应

vt. look at closely, examine with care 仔细察看;扫描

n. a short official report 公告

a. 1. highest or very high in status 高级的,大的
2. splendid; good 好的,妙的

n. a boy or girl who is the child of the stated person's son or daughter(外)孙子(孙女)

v. make (clothes, etc.) by forming a network of threads with long needles 编织

n. a covering with fingers for the hand 手套

a. 1. strange; not usual 奇怪的
2. special 特别的

ad. 1. strangely 奇怪地
2. especially 特别地

vt. declare forcefully 断言;主张

n. duty; condition or quality of being mature and willing to do one's duty 责任;责任心

vt. prevent from doing sth.; hold back 抑制

n. a day that is an exact number of years after sth. happened 周年(纪念日)

n. an eager desire to know 好奇

prep.concerning; about 有关

a. happening by chance 意外的

ad. by accident 意外地

n. the action of sending or fact of being sent on some special work or service 使命,任务

v. 1. (cause to) lose color or freshness (使)褪色
2. disappear bit by bit 逐渐消失

n. a piece of cloth or paper used at meals for protecting clothes and cleaning the lips and fingers 餐巾(纸)

n. a person employed to find out secret information 密探,侦探;间谍
v. watch or search secretly 侦察

n. a long written story 长篇小说

n. a person who brings a message 信使

a.& ad. near 附近

pron.1. no matter who 无论谁,不管谁
2. any person that; who 任何人

share with
give a part of sth. to sb. else 分享

part of
one of the pieces, sections or segments that sth. is made up of 一部分,一份

fill with
(cause to) become full of 充满

state the meaning of sth. such as a word as being sth. 界定,定义为

mistake for
think wrongly that sb./sth. is sb./sth. else 误当作

fill one's need
satisfy one's need 满足需要

bring up
mention or introduce (a subject) 提起

save from
keep sth./sb. from (danger, being destroyed, etc.); make safe from danger or being destroyed 保留;抢救;免于

Elizabeth Jolley

Esther Gubbins



1 recording UktzJj     
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
2 considerably 0YWyQ     
  • The economic situation has changed considerably.经济形势已发生了相当大的变化。
  • The gap has narrowed considerably.分歧大大缩小了。
3 quotation 7S6xV     
  • He finished his speech with a quotation from Shakespeare.他讲话结束时引用了莎士比亚的语录。
  • The quotation is omitted here.此处引文从略。
4 quotations c7bd2cdafc6bfb4ee820fb524009ec5b     
n.引用( quotation的名词复数 );[商业]行情(报告);(货物或股票的)市价;时价
  • The insurance company requires three quotations for repairs to the car. 保险公司要修理这辆汽车的三家修理厂的报价单。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • These quotations cannot readily be traced to their sources. 这些引语很难查出出自何处。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 groom 0fHxW     
  • His father was a groom.他父亲曾是个马夫。
  • George was already being groomed for the top job.为承担这份高级工作,乔治已在接受专门的培训。
6 blur JtgzC     
  • The houses appeared as a blur in the mist.房子在薄雾中隐隐约约看不清。
  • If you move your eyes and your head,the picture will blur.如果你的眼睛或头动了,图像就会变得模糊不清。
7 honeymoon ucnxc     
  • While on honeymoon in Bali,she learned to scuba dive.她在巴厘岛度蜜月时学会了带水肺潜水。
  • The happy pair are leaving for their honeymoon.这幸福的一对就要去度蜜月了。
8 lodge q8nzj     
  • Is there anywhere that I can lodge in the village tonight?村里有我今晚过夜的地方吗?
  • I shall lodge at the inn for two nights.我要在这家小店住两个晚上。
9 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的样子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一种很奇怪的表情看着我。
10 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
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