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自考英语综合一上册 lesson 16

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  [00:00.00]Text  Remembering Tracy Bill
[00:06.40]This year,my husband David and I celebrated1 the 22nd birthday
[00:12.75]of a man we had never met.
[00:16.82]His name was Tracy Bill Marsh2,
[00:21.19]a tall handsome young man who worked in a pizza shop.
[00:27.14]Last summer,he was supposed to have been best man at his brother's wedding.
[00:33.99]But on the night of December 8,1992,
[00:39.76]Tracy got off work and stood in the pizza shop's parking lot talking to friends.
[00:48.72]Tracy jumped up on the hood3 of a friend's car,
[00:53.86]as they had done a hundred times before.
[00:58.44]This time,though,Tracy lost his balance and fell.
[01:04.08]His head struck the pavement,hard.
[01:08.23]One of his friends rushed inside to call an ambulance,
[01:13.80]then he phoned Tracy's father,Bill Marsh.
[01:19.15]Bill raced to the hospital,where he was joined by Tracy's mother,Cory.
[01:25.32]She knew from the way the doctors talked there was little hope.
[01:32.16]Tracy had a broken skull--one doctor said he had never seen one so bad.
[01:39.92]Standing next to her son,
[01:43.68]Cory remembered that Tracy had once mentioned organ donation.
[01:50.05]Maybe I can spare another family this sorrow,she thought.
[01:55.80]When the time came,
[01:59.17]she and Bill signed the forms permitting his organs to be taken out.
[02:05.83]Tracy Bill Marsh died the next day.
[02:11.19]Twenty-four hours later,in a Boston hospital,
[02:16.05]Tracy's liver was transplanted into my husband,David,
[02:22.00]who was suffering from an incurable4 liver disease.
[02:27.46]Months after his operation,
[02:31.59]David and I sent our unknown donor5 family
[02:37.47]letters in care of the New England Organ Bank.
[02:43.03]As information about donors6 was kept secret,
[02:48.20]we could not know where and to whom to send our thanks.
[02:54.05]But the donor's parents wished to meet someone
[02:59.04]who had gained life through the gift of their son's organs,
[03:04.29]so the organ bank agreed--for the first time
[03:09.47]--to bring together two families linked by the most bittersweet relationshiop.
[03:17.12]We were to meet Bill and Cory Marsh in a hotel room
[03:22.40]about halfway7 between our homes.
[03:27.07]David and I arived an hour before the meeting.
[03:31.72]I placed fresh flowers,drinks,cheese and crackers8 on a table.
[03:38.49]When the door opened,my heart stopped.
[03:43.14]We saw a middle-aged9 couple.
[03:47.00]For a few seconds,we stood staring at one another.
[03:52.33]Then Cory and I hugged.Bill held out his hand to shake David's.
[03:59.91]His grip was electric,and David could feel that he didn't want to let go.
[04:06.47]Bill's first words to David were"Are you okay?"
[04:12.11]I hugged Bill and saw tears behind his glasses.
[04:18.06]"That's it for the tears,"he said,smiling.But it wasn't.
[04:23.71]We talk for 3 hour and a half.
[04:28.38]The marshes10 showed us a picture of Tracy Bill.
[04:33.42]We learned for the first time how he had died
[04:38.28]--and something of how he had lived.
[04:42.44]He was a generous,good hearted young man
[04:47.01]who loved the outdoors and was never happier than when he was working under the hood of his car.
[04:54.45]Evenings,Tracy and his friends would set up floodlights in the garage,
[05:00.93]and Bill and Cory would go to sleep listening to the boy's laughter
[05:07.70]as they repaired cars.
[05:11.35]Carved on Tracy's gravestone is a car rolling down a mountain road.
[05:18.20]We learned something about Bill and Cory,too.
[05:22.95]Cory can't bring herself to throw out Tracy's best-loved pair of blue jeans,
[05:30.81]and she avoids the supermarket aisles11 that carry his favorite foods.
[05:36.77]Every morning,as she gets in her car for work,
[05:41.42]she says good morning to Tracy.
[05:45.39]Bill and Tracy shared a love of stock-car racing12.
[05:50.85]I said that David,while recovering from his operation,
[05:56.13]had renewed an old interest in stock-car racing.
[06:01.27]I mentioned that recently David got this crazy idea of taking a course somewhere down south

  [06:09.53]where he could learn to drive a stock-car.
[06:13.89]Bill said instantly,"Tracy Bill would have loved that."
[06:20.66]When it was time to leave,we felt awkward.
[06:25.33]Enough had been disclosed about our lives to stay in touch.
[06:31.68]Now David and I know where to send our prayers.
[06:36.96]For the Marshes,seeing David and knowing he was well seemed to ease their suffering.
[06:45.32]I'll never forget seeing the tall David bending over Cory,
[06:52.37]her arms stretched around his wait as a mother would hug a son.
[06:58.93]For a long time they held each other tight.
[07:03.99]It was hard to know if she was saying hello or goodbye.
[07:11.12]Maybe she was saying both.


1 celebrated iwLzpz     
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
2 marsh Y7Rzo     
  • There are a lot of frogs in the marsh.沼泽里有许多青蛙。
  • I made my way slowly out of the marsh.我缓慢地走出这片沼泽地。
3 hood ddwzJ     
  • She is wearing a red cloak with a hood.她穿着一件红色带兜帽的披风。
  • The car hood was dented in.汽车的发动机罩已凹了进去。
4 incurable incurable     
  • All three babies were born with an incurable heart condition.三个婴儿都有不可治瘉的先天性心脏病。
  • He has an incurable and widespread nepotism.他们有不可救药的,到处蔓延的裙带主义。
5 donor dstxI     
  • In these cases,the recipient usually takes care of the donor afterwards.在这类情况下,接受捐献者以后通常会照顾捐赠者。
  • The Doctor transplanted the donor's heart to Mike's chest cavity.医生将捐赠者的心脏移植进麦克的胸腔。
6 donors 89b49c2bd44d6d6906d17dca7315044b     
n.捐赠者( donor的名词复数 );献血者;捐血者;器官捐献者
  • Please email us to be removed from our active list of blood donors. 假如你想把自己的名字从献血联系人名单中删去,请给我们发电子邮件。
  • About half this amount comes from individual donors and bequests. 这笔钱大约有一半来自个人捐赠及遗赠。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
8 crackers nvvz5e     
adj.精神错乱的,癫狂的n.爆竹( cracker的名词复数 );薄脆饼干;(认为)十分愉快的事;迷人的姑娘
  • That noise is driving me crackers. 那噪声闹得我简直要疯了。
  • We served some crackers and cheese as an appetiser. 我们上了些饼干和奶酪作为开胃品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 middle-aged UopzSS     
  • I noticed two middle-aged passengers.我注意到两个中年乘客。
  • The new skin balm was welcome by middle-aged women.这种新护肤香膏受到了中年妇女的欢迎。
10 marshes 9fb6b97bc2685c7033fce33dc84acded     
n.沼泽,湿地( marsh的名词复数 )
  • Cows were grazing on the marshes. 牛群在湿地上吃草。
  • We had to cross the marshes. 我们不得不穿过那片沼泽地。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 aisles aisles     
n. (席位间的)通道, 侧廊
  • Aisles were added to the original Saxon building in the Norman period. 在诺曼时期,原来的萨克森风格的建筑物都增添了走廊。
  • They walked about the Abbey aisles, and presently sat down. 他们走到大教堂的走廊附近,并且很快就坐了下来。
12 racing 1ksz3w     
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
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