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英语专业晨读美文-文化篇 13 Naps

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[00:02.32]Naps
[00:04.55]Napping is too luxurious1, too sybaritic,
[00:09.14]too unproductive, and it's free;
[00:11.56]pleasures for which we don't pay make us anxious.
[00:14.93]Besides, it seems to be a natural inclination2.
[00:18.34]Those who get paid to investigate such things
[00:21.48]have proved that people deprived of daylight
[00:23.57]and their wristwatches, with no notion of
[00:26.41]whether it was night or day,
[00:28.22]sink blissfully asleep in mid-afternoon as regular as clocks.
[00:32.55]The American nap is even scarier because it's unilateral.
[00:36.66]Sleeping Frenchmen are surrounded by sleeping compatriots,
[00:39.83]but Americans who lie down by day stiffen3
[00:42.46]with the thought of the busy world rushing past.
[00:45.27]There we lie, visible and vulnerable on our daylit bed,
[00:49.22]ready to cut the strings4 and sink into the dark,
[00:52.29]swirling, almost sexual currents of the impending5 doze6,
[00:55.75]but what will happen in our absence? Our stocks will fall;
[00:59.45]our employees will mutiny and seize the helm;
[01:02.00]our clients will tiptoe away to competitors.
[01:04.63]Even the housewife, taking advantage of the afternoon lull7,
[01:08.40]knows at the deepest level of consciousness
[01:11.16]that the phone is about to ring.
[01:13.18]And of course, for those of us with proper jobs,
[01:16.53]there's the problem of finding a bed. Some corporations,
[01:19.97]in their concern for their employees' health and fitness,
[01:22.89]provide gym rooms where we can commit
[01:25.00]strenuous exercise at lunchtime, but where are our beds?
[01:28.26]In Japan, the productivity wonder of
[01:31.09]the industrialized world, properly run companies
[01:34.35]maintain a nap room wherein the workers
[01:36.97]may refresh themselves. Even in America, rumor8 has it,
[01:40.50]the costly9 CEOs of giant corporations
[01:43.22]work sequestered10 in private suites11,
[01:45.97]guarded by watchpersons,
[01:47.55]mainly so they can curl up unseen to
[01:50.32]sharpen their predatory powers with a quick snooze.
[01:53.43]A couple of recent presidents
[01:55.57]famous for their all-night energies
[01:57.65]kept up the pace by means of naps. Other presidents,
[02:01.27]less famous for energy, slept by day and night;
[02:04.85]woe to the unwary footstep
[02:07.24]that wakened Coolidge in the afternoon.
[02:09.36]This leaves the rest of us lackeys12 bolt upright,
[02:12.18]toughing it out, trying to focus on the computer screen,
[02:15.98]from time to time glancing furtively13 around
[02:18.52]to see if we were noticed.
[02:20.04]The modern office isn't designed for privacy,
[02:22.99]and most of our cubicles14 have no doors to close,
[02:25.94]only gaps in the portable partitions.
[02:28.71]Lay our heads down on the desk at the appropriate hour
[02:32.02]and we're exposed to any passing snitch
[02:34.94]who strolls the halls enforcing alertness.
[02:36.94]It's a wonder they don't walk around ringing bells
[02:39.61]and blowing trumpets15 from one till three.
[02:41.80]American employers do not see the afternoon forty winks16
[02:45.67]as refreshing17 the creative wellsprings of mere18 employees.
[02:49.02]They see it as goofing19 off.
[02:50.75]But now, it's time to rethink the nap
[02:53.66]from both the corporate20 and the personal viewpoint.
[02:56.37]Bed is not a shameful21, shiftless place to be by day,
[02:59.99]nor is it necessary to run a fever of 102 to deserve it.
[03:04.70]Bed can even be productive.
[03:07.28]The effortless horizontal body
[03:09.36]and the sensory22 deprivation23 of the quiet bedroom
[03:12.19]leave the mind free, even in sleep,
[03:14.79]to focus, to roam, sometimes to forge ahead.
[03:18.33]Knotty problems can unknot themselves as if by magic.
[03:21.99]Creative solutions can tiptoe across the coverlet
[03:25.25]and nestle onto the pillow of the napper,
[03:27.68]even while the black velvet24 paws of Morpheus
[03:30.79]lie closely over his eyes.
[03:32.65]He may wake half an hour later
[03:35.05]with the road ahead laid clear.
[03:37.43]Creativity doesn't come a running to
[03:40.21]those who toil25 and slave for her;
[03:42.15]she's as much the daughter of rest
[03:44.18]and play as of effort. Just because we're uncomfortable
[03:47.81]doesn't mean we're productive;
[03:49.62]just because we're comfortable doesn't mean we're lazy.
[03:53.35]Milton wrote Paradise Lost in bed. Winston Churchill,
[03:57.53]a prodigious26 producer, wrote all those
[04:00.53]large important histories in bed.
[04:02.57]Brandy bottle at the ready.
[04:04.54]No doubt when inspiration flagged and his thoughts
[04:07.22]refused to marshal, he took a nip and a nap.
[04:10.33]Now, there was a man who knew a thing
[04:13.14]or two about a good day's work.


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1 luxurious S2pyv     
adj.精美而昂贵的;豪华的
参考例句:
  • This is a luxurious car complete with air conditioning and telephone.这是一辆附有空调设备和电话的豪华轿车。
  • The rich man lives in luxurious surroundings.这位富人生活在奢侈的环境中。
2 inclination Gkwyj     
n.倾斜;点头;弯腰;斜坡;倾度;倾向;爱好
参考例句:
  • She greeted us with a slight inclination of the head.她微微点头向我们致意。
  • I did not feel the slightest inclination to hurry.我没有丝毫着急的意思。
3 stiffen zudwI     
v.(使)硬,(使)变挺,(使)变僵硬
参考例句:
  • The blood supply to the skin is reduced when muscles stiffen.当肌肉变得僵硬时,皮肤的供血量就减少了。
  • I was breathing hard,and my legs were beginning to stiffen.这时我却气吁喘喘地开始感到脚有点僵硬。
4 strings nh0zBe     
n.弦
参考例句:
  • He sat on the bed,idly plucking the strings of his guitar.他坐在床上,随意地拨着吉他的弦。
  • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp.她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
5 impending 3qHzdb     
a.imminent, about to come or happen
参考例句:
  • Against a background of impending famine, heavy fighting took place. 即将发生饥荒之时,严重的战乱爆发了。
  • The king convoke parliament to cope with the impending danger. 国王召开国会以应付迫近眉睫的危险。
6 doze IsoxV     
v.打瞌睡;n.打盹,假寐
参考例句:
  • He likes to have a doze after lunch.他喜欢午饭后打个盹。
  • While the adults doze,the young play.大人们在打瞌睡,而孩子们在玩耍。
7 lull E8hz7     
v.使安静,使入睡,缓和,哄骗;n.暂停,间歇
参考例句:
  • The drug put Simpson in a lull for thirty minutes.药物使辛普森安静了30分钟。
  • Ground fighting flared up again after a two-week lull.经过两个星期的平静之后,地面战又突然爆发了。
8 rumor qS0zZ     
n.谣言,谣传,传说
参考例句:
  • The rumor has been traced back to a bad man.那谣言经追查是个坏人造的。
  • The rumor has taken air.谣言流传开了。
9 costly 7zXxh     
adj.昂贵的,价值高的,豪华的
参考例句:
  • It must be very costly to keep up a house like this.维修这么一幢房子一定很昂贵。
  • This dictionary is very useful,only it is a bit costly.这本词典很有用,左不过贵了些。
10 sequestered 0ceab16bc48aa9b4ed97d60eeed591f8     
adj.扣押的;隐退的;幽静的;偏僻的v.使隔绝,使隔离( sequester的过去式和过去分词 );扣押
参考例句:
  • The jury is expected to be sequestered for at least two months. 陪审团渴望被隔离至少两个月。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Everything he owned was sequestered. 他的一切都被扣押了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 suites 8017cd5fe5ca97b1cce12171f0797500     
n.套( suite的名词复数 );一套房间;一套家具;一套公寓
参考例句:
  • First he called upon all the Foreign Ministers in their hotel suites. 他首先到所有外交部长住的旅馆套间去拜访。 来自辞典例句
  • All four doors to the two reserved suites were open. 预定的两个套房的四扇门都敞开着。 来自辞典例句
12 lackeys 8c9595156aedd0e91c78876edc281595     
n.听差( lackey的名词复数 );男仆(通常穿制服);卑躬屈膝的人;被待为奴仆的人
参考例句:
  • When the boss falls from power, his lackeys disperse. 树倒猢狲散。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The singer was surrounded by the usual crowd of lackeys and hangers on. 那个歌手让那帮总是溜须拍马、前呼後拥的人给围住了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 furtively furtively     
adv. 偷偷地, 暗中地
参考例句:
  • At this some of the others furtively exchanged significant glances. 听他这样说,有几个人心照不宣地彼此对望了一眼。
  • Remembering my presence, he furtively dropped it under his chair. 后来想起我在,他便偷偷地把书丢在椅子下。
14 cubicles 2c253b5743169f8c175c584374cb1bfe     
n.小卧室,斗室( cubicle的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Security guards, operating inside bullet-proof glass cubicles, and speaking through microphones, scrutinized every arrival and departure. 警卫们在装有防弹玻璃的小室里值勤,通过麦克风细致盘问每一个进出的人。 来自辞典例句
  • I guess they thought me content to stay in cubicles. 我猜他们认为我愿意呆在小房间里。 来自互联网
15 trumpets 1d27569a4f995c4961694565bd144f85     
喇叭( trumpet的名词复数 ); 小号; 喇叭形物; (尤指)绽开的水仙花
参考例句:
  • A wreath was laid on the monument to a fanfare of trumpets. 在响亮的号角声中花圈被献在纪念碑前。
  • A fanfare of trumpets heralded the arrival of the King. 嘹亮的小号声宣告了国王驾到。
16 winks 1dd82fc4464d9ba6c78757a872e12679     
v.使眼色( wink的第三人称单数 );递眼色(表示友好或高兴等);(指光)闪烁;闪亮
参考例句:
  • I'll feel much better when I've had forty winks. 我打个盹就会感到好得多。
  • The planes were little silver winks way out to the west. 飞机在西边老远的地方,看上去只是些很小的银色光点。 来自辞典例句
17 refreshing HkozPQ     
adj.使精神振作的,使人清爽的,使人喜欢的
参考例句:
  • I find it'so refreshing to work with young people in this department.我发现和这一部门的青年一起工作令人精神振奋。
  • The water was cold and wonderfully refreshing.水很涼,特别解乏提神。
18 mere rC1xE     
adj.纯粹的;仅仅,只不过
参考例句:
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
19 goofing 6344645ec8383b649f7c8180b633282e     
v.弄糟( goof的现在分词 );混;打发时间;出大错
参考例句:
  • He should have been studying instead of goofing around last night. 他昨晚应该念书,不应该混。 来自走遍美国快乐40招
  • Why don't you just admit you're goofing off? 偷了懒就偷了赖,还不爽爽快快承认? 来自辞典例句
20 corporate 7olzl     
adj.共同的,全体的;公司的,企业的
参考例句:
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
21 shameful DzzwR     
adj.可耻的,不道德的
参考例句:
  • It is very shameful of him to show off.他向人炫耀自己,真不害臊。
  • We must expose this shameful activity to the newspapers.我们一定要向报社揭露这一无耻行径。
22 sensory Azlwe     
adj.知觉的,感觉的,知觉器官的
参考例句:
  • Human powers of sensory discrimination are limited.人类感官分辨能力有限。
  • The sensory system may undergo long-term adaptation in alien environments.感觉系统对陌生的环境可能经过长时期才能适应。
23 deprivation e9Uy7     
n.匮乏;丧失;夺去,贫困
参考例句:
  • Many studies make it clear that sleep deprivation is dangerous.多实验都证实了睡眠被剥夺是危险的。
  • Missing the holiday was a great deprivation.错过假日是极大的损失。
24 velvet 5gqyO     
n.丝绒,天鹅绒;adj.丝绒制的,柔软的
参考例句:
  • This material feels like velvet.这料子摸起来像丝绒。
  • The new settlers wore the finest silk and velvet clothing.新来的移民穿着最华丽的丝绸和天鹅绒衣服。
25 toil WJezp     
vi.辛劳工作,艰难地行动;n.苦工,难事
参考例句:
  • The wealth comes from the toil of the masses.财富来自大众的辛勤劳动。
  • Every single grain is the result of toil.每一粒粮食都来之不易。
26 prodigious C1ZzO     
adj.惊人的,奇妙的;异常的;巨大的;庞大的
参考例句:
  • This business generates cash in prodigious amounts.这种业务收益丰厚。
  • He impressed all who met him with his prodigious memory.他惊人的记忆力让所有见过他的人都印象深刻。
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