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大学英语精读:第三册 UNIT 7

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  Several neighbors hope to find safety in the only bomb shelter on their street when an announcement comes over the radio that enemy missiles are approaching. Can it shelter all of them? Does its owner let them in? Here is the story……

The Shelter

Rod Serling

  SYNOPSIS OF ACT ONE: On a summer evening, a birthday celebration is going on at Dr. Stockton's. Among those present are his neighbors: the Hendersons, the Weiss's and the Harlowes. In the midst of it comes unexpectedly over the radio the announcement of the President of the United States declaring a state of emergency of for suspected enemy missiles approaching. The party breaks up and the neighbors hurry home.

  However, shortly afterwards they return one after another to the Stockton house for the simple reason that they want to survive —— want to share with the Stocktons the bomb shelter which is the only one on their street.

ACT TWO
(abridged)
OUTSIDE STOCKTON HOME

  HENDERSON: It'll land any minute. I just know it. It's going to land any minute——

  MRS. HENDERSON: (grabs hold of him) What are we going to do?

  Throughout above and following dialogue, a portable radio carried by one of the children carries the following announcement:

  ANNOUNCER'S VOICE: This is Conelrad. This is Conelrad. We are still in a state of Yellow Alert. If you are a public official or government employee with an emergency assignment, or a civil defense worker, you should report to your post immediately. If you are a public official or government employee……

  MRS. HARLOWE: Jerry, ask again.

  HARLOWE: Don't waste you time. He won't let anyone in. He said he didn't have any room or supplies there and it's designed for three people.

  MRS.HENDERSON: What'll we do?

  HARLOWE: Maybe we ought to pick out just one basement and go to work on it. Poll all our stuff. Food, water, everything.

  MRS.HARLOWE: It isn't fair. (she points toward Stockton house) He's down there in a bomb shelter completely safe. And our kids have to just wait around for a bomb to drop and ——

  HENDERSON: Let's just go down into his basement and break down the door?

  A chorus of voices greet this with assent.

  As HENDERSON rushes through toward the basement entrance, HARLOWE overtakes him saying:

  HARLOWE: Wait a minute, wait a minute. All of us couldn't fit in there. That would be crazy to even try.

  WEISS: Why don't we draw lots? Pick out one family?

  HARLOWE: What difference would it make? He won't let us in.

  HENDERSON: We can all march down there and tell him he's got the whole street against him. We could do that.

  HARLOWE: What good would that do? I keep telling you. Even if we were to break down the door, it couldn't accommodate all of us. We'd just be killing everybody and for no reason.

  MRS. HENDERSON: If it saves even one of these kids out here——I call that a reason.

  The voice comes up again.

  WEISS: Jerry, you know him better than nay of us. You're his best friend. Why don't you go down again? Try to talk to him. Pleased with him. Tell him to pick out one family  —— Draw lots or something ——

  HENDERSON: One family, meaning yours, Weiss, huh?

  WEISS: (whirls around to him) Why not? I've got a three-month-old infant——

  MRS. HENDERSON: What difference does that make? Is your baby's life any more precious than our kids?

  WEISS: (shouting at her) I never said that. If you're going to start trying to argue about who deserves to live more than the next one ——

  HENDERSON: Why don't you shut your mouth, Weiss? (with a wild, illogical anger) That's the way it is when the foreigners come over here. Aggressive, greedy, semi-Americans——

  WEISS: (his face goes white) Why you garbage-brained idiot you——

  MRS. HENDERSON: It still goes, Weiss! I bet you're at the bottom of the list——

  WEISS suddenly flings himself through the crowd toward the man and there's a brief, hand-to-hand fight between them broken up by HARLOWE who stands between them breathless.

  HARLOWE: Keep it up, both of you. Just keep it up. We won't need a bomb. We can slaughter each other.

  MRS.WEISS: (pleading) Marty, go down to Bill's shelter again. Ask him ——

  WEISS: I've already asked him. It wouldn't do any good.

  One again the siren sounds and the people seem to move closer together, staring up toward the night sky. Off in the distance we see searchlights.

  HARLOWE: Searchlights. It must be coming closer.

  HENDERSON: (as he suddenly pushes HARLOWE aside and heads for the steps) I'm going down there and get him to open up that door. I don't care what the rest of you think. That's the only thing left to do.

  MAN # 1: He's right. Come on, let's do it.

  INSIDE THE SHELTER

  GRACE is holding tight to PAUL. STOCKTON stands close to the door listening to the noises from outside as they approach. There's a pounding on the shelter door that reverberates.

  OUTSIDE THE SHELTER

  HENDERSON: Bill? Bill Stockton? You've got a bunch of your neighbors out here who want to stay alive. Now you can open the door and talk to us and figure out with us how many can come in there. Or else you can just keep doing what you're doing —— and we'll fight our way in there.

  HARLOWE appears and pushes his way through the group and goes over to the shelter door.

  HARLOWE: Bill. This is Jerry. They mean business out here.

  STOCKTON'S VOICE: And I mean business in here. I've already told you, Jerry. You're wasting you time. You're wasting precious time that could be use for something else……like figuring out how you can survive.

  NAM # 1: Why don't we get a big, heavy log to break the door down?

  HENDERSON: We could go over to Bennett Avenue. Phil Kline has some giant logs in his basement. I've seen them. Let's get one. And we'll just tell Kline to keep his mouth shut as to why we want it.

  WEISS: Let's get hold of ourselves. Let's stop and think for a minute——

  HENDERSON: (turning to face WEISS) Nobody cares what you think. You or your kind. I thought I made that clear upstairs. I think the first order of business is to get you out of here.

  With this he strikes out, smashing his fist into WEISS's face in a blow so unexpected and so wild that WEISS, totally unprepared, is knocked against the wall. His wife screams and, still holding the baby, rushes to him. There's a commotion as several men try to grab the neighbor and HARLOWE is immediately at WEISS's side trying to help him to his feet. Once again the sirens blast.

  HENDERSON: (should over the noise and commotion) Come on, let's get something to smash this door down.

  They start out of cellar toward the steps.

  INSIDE THE SHELTER

  STOCKTON slowly turns to face his wife. The angry screaming cries of the people ring in their ears even as they depart.

  GRACE (looks up) Bill? Who were those people?

  STOCKTON (turning to stare toward the door) "Those people?" Those are our neighbors, Grace. Our friends. The people we've lived with and alongside for twenty years. (then in a different fixed expression and in a different tone) Come on. Paul. Let's put stuff up against this door. Everything we can.

  The man and boy then start to pile up a barricade, using furniture, the generator, books, any movable object they can get their hands on.

  OUTSIDE OF THE SHELTER

  The mob marches down the street carrying a large heavy log that is perhaps fifteen feet long. Their own shouts mix with the sound of the intermittent siren and with the voice of the announcer on the Conelrad station.

  ANNOUNCER'S VOICE: We've been asked to once again remind the population that they are to remain calm, stay off the streets. This is urgent. Please remain off the streets. Everything possible is being done in the way of protection. But the military and important civil defense vehicles must have the streets clear. So you're once again reminded to remain off the streets. Remain off the streets!

  The minute the mob gathers before the STOCKTON house, they smash into it, carrying the giant log. They move down the cellar steps. As the log smashes into the shelter door, the siren goes up louder and more piercing and it is at this moment that we see both WEISS and HARLOW join the men on the heavy log to lend their support to it.

  INSIDE THE SHELTER

  STOCKTON and Paul lean against it as it starts to give under the weight, under the pressure. The air is filled with angry shouts, the intermittent siren, the cries of women and children.

  INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE SHELTER

  And it all reaches one vast pitch just as the door is forced open. PAUL and STOCKTON are pushed back into the shelter and just at this moment the light go on in the basement. The siren also reaches its top and then suddenly goes off and there is absolute dead silence for a long moment. Then from the portable radio in the corner comes

  ANNOUNCER'S VOICE: This is Conelrad. This is Conelrad. Remain turned for an important message. Remain tuned for an important message. (a pause) The President of the United States has just announced that the previously unidentified objects have now been definitely identified as being satellites. Repeat. There are no enemy missiles approaching. Repeat, there are no enemy missiles approaching. The objects have been identified as satellites. They are harmless and we are in no danger. Repeat. We are in no danger. The state of emergency has officially been called off. We are in no danger. Repeat. There is no enemy attack. There is no enemy attack.

  MRS.WEISS: (her eyes closed and crying softly) Thank God. Oh, thank God.

  WEISS: (in a whisper, his face bruised and blood clotted) Amen to that.

  HENDERSON: Hey, Marty …… Marty ……I went crazy. You understand that, don't you? I just went crazy. I didn't mean all the things I said. (he wets his lips, his voice shaking) We were all of us …… we were so scared ……so confuse. (he holds out his hands in a gesture) Well, it's no wonder really, is it? I mean…… well, you can understand why we blew our tops a little  ——

  There's a murmur of voices, a few half-hearted nods, but they're all still in a state of shock.

  HARLOWE: I don't think Marty's going to hold it against you. (then turning to STOCKTON) I just hope Bill won't hold this —— (he points to the wreckage around him) against us. We'll pay for the damage, Bill. We'll take up a collection right away.

  As STOCKTON walks past them across the cellar and up toward the stairs, all eyes are on him and there's an absolute dead silence.

  WEISS: (his voice shaky and nervous) We could …… we could have a block party or something tomorrow night. A big celebration. I think we deserve one now.

  He looks around smiling at the others, a nervous smiles born of a carry-over of fear and the realization that something has taken hold of all of them now. Something deadening in its effect and disquieting beyond words.

  STOCKTON takes a step up on the stairs then stops and turns back toward them. His face is expressionless.

  HARLOWE: (with phony laughter desperately trying to relieve situation) Block party's not a bad idea. (looking around at the others) Anything to get back to normal.

  STOCKTON: (looks from face to face and slowly shakes his head) Normal? (a pause) I don't know. I don't know what "normal" is. I thought I did, but I don't any more.

  HARLOWE: I told you we'd pay for the damages——

  STOCKTON: (stares at him) The damages? (he nods) I wonder if we realize just what those damages are? (he looks from face to face again) Maybe the worst of them was finding out just what we're like when we're normal. The kind of people we are. Just underneath the surface. I mean all of us. A lot of naked animals who attach such great importance to staying alive that they claw their neighbors to death just for the privilege. (he leans against the stairway wall, suddenly desperately tired, very softly as he turns away from them) We were spared a bomb tonight……but I wonder if we weren't destroyed even without it.

  He continues up the steps.

  NEW WORDS

  shelter

  n.  (sth. that gives) cover or protection   掩蔽(处)

  synopsis (pl. synopses)

  n. summary or outline (of a book, play, etc.)提要,梗概

  celebration

  n.  marking (of an event or a special occasion) with public or private rejoicings 庆祝

  celebrate v.

  midst

  n.  middle part

  prep. amidst

  missile

  n.  导弹

  afterwards

  ad. later, after that

  bomb

  n.  炸弹

  abridge

  vt. make shorter by using fewer words 缩略,删节

  grab

  vt. take roughly, snatch eagerly

  dialog(ue)

  n.  对话,对白

  portable

  a.  that can be easily carried or moved 手提式的

  carry

  vt. a person who reads news or introduces people on radio or television

  employee

  n.  a person who is employed

  civil defense

  a civilian emergency program for protecting people and their property against enemy attacks or natural disaster 民防

  post

  n.  place of duty岗位

  design

  vt. intend; make a drawing or patterns of (sth.) 设计

  basement

  n.  a room or rooms in a house which are below street level 地下室

  pool

  vt. put (thing or money) together, esp. for common advantage 把……集中在一起(共用)

  stuff

  n.  things in a mass; matter

  chorus

  n.  sth. said or cried by many people at one time; song fro all to sing together 齐声说的话(或喊声)合唱

  assent

  n.  agreement

  entrance

  n.  gate, door, or other opening by which one enters 入口处

  overtake

  vt. catch up with 赶上

  crazy

  a.  mad, foolish

  accommodate

  vt. have enough space for; provide with a room in which to live or stay 容纳;向……提供住宿

  accommodation n.

  plead

  vi. make continual and deeply felt requests 恳求(used for expressing surprise or disapproval)

  whirl

  vi. move or travel rapidly; move quickly round and round 飞速移动;旋转

  infant

  n.  child during the first few years of its life 婴儿

  precious

  a.  highly valued; of great value or beauty 珍贵的

  deserve

  vt. Have a right to; be worthy of 值得

  illogical

  a.  be against logic; without logic 不合逻辑的;无缘由的

  foreigner

  n.  person belonging to a foreign country

  aggressive

  a.  always ready to quarrel; not afraid of opposition; enterprising 挑衅的;放肆的;积极进取的

  greedy

  a.  excessively eager to acquire; wanting to get more than one's share贪婪的

  semi-

  pref. half

  idiot

  n.  a very stupid or foolish person 白痴

  bet(bet or betted)

  vt. be very sure; risk (money) on the result of a future event 确信;用……打赌

  fling (flung)

  vt. move (oneself) violently, esp. in anger throw violently or with force 使(自己)猛扑;用力扔,掷

  hand-to-hand

  a.  in close contact 逼近的,直接交手的

  slaughter

  vt. kill (animals, people) in large numbers 屠杀

  siren

  n.  penetrating whistle as a warning 警报

  searchlight

  n.  powerful light with a beam that can be turned in any direction 探照灯

  pounding

  n.  a severe beating or blow 猛击

  pound v.

  reverberate

  vi. echo repeatedly 回响

  log

  n.  原木

  avenue

  n.  wide street in a town

  giant

  a.  of great size or force

  n.  man, animal, or plant much larger than normal

  first

  n.  拳头

  blast

  vi. produce a hard sharp sound 发出刺耳响声

  cellar

  n.  an underground room, usu. used for storing goods 地窖

  depart

  vi. leave a place

  departure n.

  barricade

  n.  barrier of objects put across or in front of sth. as a defense 障碍;街垒

  generator

  n.  a machine which generates, usu. electricity

  movable

  a.  that can be moved

  mob

  n.  a large noisy and disorderly crowd, esp. one that has gathered for mischief or attack 一伙人;一群暴徒

  intermittent

  a.  pausing or stopping at intervals; not continuous 断断续续的

  remind

  vt. tell or cause (sb.) to remember 提醒

  military

  a. connected with soldiers, armies 军事的

  vehicle

  n.  a means of  carrying or transporting sth. 车辆(统称)

  piercing

  a.  (of sound) very sharp and clear, esp. in an unpleasant way; penetrating 尖厉的;刺穿的

  pierce  v.

  give

  vi. bend; yield to pressure 弯曲;塌下

  pitch

  n.  the degree of highness or lowness of a musical note or speaking voice 声音的高低,调子

  tune

  vt. adjust (a radio or television receiver) to respond to waves of a particular frequency

  definitely

  ad. without a doubt; clearly

  definite a.

  identify

  vt. 认出;识别

  harmless

  a.  that cannot cause harm

  harm  n.

  bruise

  vt. injure the outside of 碰伤;使(皮肉)青肿

  clot

  vt. 使(血等)凝块

  Amen

  int. may this be true 阿门(基督教徒祈祷结束时的用语)

  hey

  int. (used to call attention or express surprise)

  scare

  vt. frighten

  gesture

  n.  movement, usu. of the hands, to express a certain meaning 姿势,手势

  murmur

  n.  a soft low sound

  half-hearted

  a.  showing little effort and no real interest.

  wreckage

  n.  the broken parts of a destroyed thing 残骸

  shaky

  a.  shaking or unsteady

  block party

  (AmE) a party of celebration help in the street by the residents of a block or neighborhood, esp. to raise funds for a local church or block club

  carry-over

  n.  sth. carried or left over 剩余物

  realization

  n.  being or becoming conscious

  deaden

  v.  (cause to) lose strength, feeling, brightness, etc.

  disquiet

  vt. disturb

  phon(e)y

  a.  pretended; false

  laughter

  n.  laughing 笑声

  desperately

  ad. with little hope of success 绝望地;拼命地

  desperate a.

  underneath

  prep. beneath; under

  naked

  a.  not covered by clothes; nude 裸体的

  claw

  vt. tear, seize, pull with claws or hand 用爪抓

  stairway

  n.  楼梯

  destroy

  vt. break to pieces; put an end to 摧毁

  PHRASES & EXPRESSIONS

  in the midst of

  in the middle of

  break up

  cease to be together 散开

  grad/get/take hold of

  get possession of; grasp 抓住

  break down

  destroy

  fit in

  find space or room (for sth. or sb.)

  draw lots

  use lots to decide sth. 抽签

  make a / the difference

  have an effect or influence; matter 有关系,有影响

  come up

  grow louder, stronger or brighter

  head for

  move towards, go to

  figure out

  work out; understand (sth. or sb.) by thinking 解决,算出;理解,弄清楚

  or else

  otherwise; if not

  mean business

  be ready to act ( not merely talk); be serous 是当真的

  pile up

  heap up 堆起

  get one's hands on

  find; get possession of

  in the way of

  in the matter of; as regards 在……方面; 关于

  go on

  be lit (灯)亮

  go off

  stop, discontinue

  call off

  stop or give the order to stop; cancel 停止;取消

  blow one's top

  (sl.) explode with anger 在发脾气

  hold……against

  allow(sth) to affect one's judgement of (sb.) 因(某事)而嫉恨(某人)

  take up

  begin, undertake

  born of

  owing existence to; deriving or resulting from

  PROPER NAMES

  Stockton

  斯道克顿(姓氏)

  Henderson

  亨德森(姓氏)

  Marty Weiss

  马蒂.韦斯

  Jerry Harlowe

  杰雷.哈洛

  Conelrad (short for Control of Electromagnetic radiation)

  (美国)康纳雷民防广播体系(现已停止使用)

  Yellow Alert

  空袭预备警报

  Grace

  格雷斯(姓氏及女子名)

  Paul

  保罗(男子名)

  Bennett

  贝内特大街

  Phil Kline

  菲尔.克兰

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