移动课堂
您的位置:外语教育网 > 英语四六级 > 备考指导 > 四级备考指导 > 正文

大学英语精读:第一册 UNIT 3

2007-03-01 15:49   来源:旺旺英语       我要纠错 | 打印 | 收藏 | | |

  They say that blood is thicker than water, that our relatives are more important to us than others. Everyone was so kind to the old lady on her birthday. Surely her daughter would make an even bigger effort to please he?

The Present

  It was the old lady's birthday.

  She got up early to be ready for the post. From the second floor flat she could see the postman when he came down the street, and the little boy from the ground floor brought up her letters on the rare occasions when anything came.

  Today she was sure the would be something. Myra wouldn't forget her mother's birthday, even if she seldom wrote at other times. Of course Myra was busy. Her husband had been made Mayor, and Myra herself had got a medal for her work the aged.

  The old lady was proud of Myra, but Enid was the daughter she loved. Enid had never married, but had seemed content to live with her mother, and teach in a primary school round the corner.

  One evening, however, Enid said, "I've arranged for Mrs. Morrison to look after you for a few days, Mother. Tomorrow I have to go into hospital——just a minor operation, I'll soon be home."

  In the morning she went, but never came back——she died on the operating table. Myra came to the funeral, and in her efficient way arranged for Mrs. Morrison to come in and light the fire and give the old lady her breakfast.

  Two years ago that was, and since then Myra had been to see her mother three times, but her husband never.

  The old lady was eight today. She had put on her best dress. Perhaps——perhaps Myra might come. After all, eighty was a special birthday, another decade lined or endured just as you chose to look at it.

  Even if Myra did not come, she would send a present. The old lady was sure of that. Two spots of colour brightened her cheeks. She was excited——like a child. She would enjoy her day.

  Yesterday Mrs. Morrison had given the flat an extra clean, and today she had brought a card and a bunch of marigolds when she came to do the breakfast. Mrs. Grant downstairs had made a cake, and in the afternoon she was going down there to tea. The little boy, Johnnie, had been up with a packet of mints, and said he wouldn't go out to play until the post had come.

  "I guess you'll get lots and lots of presents," he said, "I did last were when I was six."

  What would she like? A pair of slippers perhaps. Or a new cardigan. A cardigan would be lovely. Blue's such a pretty colour. Jim had always liked her in blue. Or a table lamp. Or a book, a travel book, with pictures, or a little clock, with clear black numbers. So many lovely things.

  She stood by the window, watching. The postman turned round the corner on his bicycle. Her heart beat fast. Johnnie had seen him too and ran to the gate.

  Then clatter, clatter up the stairs. Johnnie knocked at her door.

  "Granny, granny," he shouted, "I've got your post."

  He gave her four envelopes. Three were unsealed cards from old friends. The fourth was sealed, in Myra's writing. The old lady felt a pang of disappointment.

  "No parcel, Johnnie?"

  "No, granny."

  Maybe the parcel was too large to come by letter post. That was it. It would come later by parcel post. She must be patient.

  Almost reluctantly she tore the envelope open. Folded in the card was a piece of paper. Written on the card was a message under the printed Happy Birthday —— Buy yourself something nice with the cheque, Myra and Harold.

  The cheque fluttered to the floor like a bird with a broken wing. Slowly the old lady stooped to pick it up. Her present, her lovely present. With trembling fingers she tore it into little bits.

  NEW WORDS

  relative

  n.  亲属,亲戚

  present

  n.  gift 礼物,赠品

  postman

  n.  邮递员

  rare

  a.  not happening often 罕见的;不常发生的

  occasion

  n.  special time; time when sth. happens  时刻,时机;场合

  mayor

  n.  chief official of a city or town 市长

  medal

  n.  奖章

  aged

  a.  old

  content

  a.  satisfied; pleased 满意的;高兴的

  primary

  a.  first; earliest 首要的;最初的

  arrange

  vi. make preparations; plan 作安排,筹划

  minor

  a.  not serious or important 较小的;次要的

  operate

  vi. cut the body in order to set right or remove a diseased part 开刀,动手术

  operating table

  n.  a special table in a hospital, where operations are done 手术台

  funeral

  n.  葬礼

  efficient

  a.  able to plan and work well  效率高的

  decade

  n.  ten years

  endure

  vt. bear (pain, suffering, etc.) 忍受,忍耐

  spot

  n.  a round area that is different from the main surface  点,斑点

  brighten

  vt. make bright or brighter 使发光;使发亮

  cheek

  n.  either side of the face below the eye 面颊

  extra

  a.  additional 额加的,外加的

  clean

  n.  cleaning

  bunch

  n.  things of the same kind that are tied together (一)束,(一)串

  marigold

  n.  万寿菊(花)

  packet

  n.  small parcel box 小包(裹)

  mint

  n.  薄荷糖

  slipper

  n.  拖鞋

  cardigan

  n. (羊毛)开衫

  clatter

  n.  a number of rapid short knocking sounds 咔嗒声

  granny

  n.  (colloq. for)grandmother

  envelope

  n.  a paper cover for a letter 信封

  unsealed

  a.  未密封的

  seal

  vt.

  sealed

  a.  密封的

  writing

  n.  handwriting 书法;笔迹

  pang

  n.  sudden, sharp pain 剧痛

  disappointment

  n.  sadness because one does not get what one hopes for  失望

  disappoint

  vt.

  parcel

  n.  包裹

  reluctantly

  ad. unwillingly 不情愿地,勉强地

  reluctant

  a.

  fold

  vt. bend into two or more parts 折叠

  cheque

  n.  支票

  flutter

  vt. move quickly to and fro in the air  飘动

  stoop

  vi. bend the body forwards and downwards 弯腰

  tremble

  vi. shake uncontrollably with quick short movements 颤抖

  PHRASES & EXPRESSIONS

  at other times

  on other occasions 在别的时候;平时

  round / around the corner

  very near in distance or time 在附近;即将来临

  after all

  in spite of everything; it must be remembered 毕竟;终究

  be sure of

  对……有把握,确信

  pick up

  take hold of and lift up from a surface 拿起,捡起

  PROPER NAMES

  Myra

  迈拉(女子名)

  Enid

  伊妮德(女子名)

  Morrison

  莫里森(姓氏)

  Grant

  格兰特(姓氏及男子名)

  Johnnie

  约翰尼(John的昵称)

  Jim

  吉姆(James的昵称)

  Harold

  哈罗德(男子名)

相关资讯:
网站导航:
 学位英语 指南 动态 经验 试题 资料  托福 指南 动态 考情 留学 复习
 雅思 指南 动态 机经 经验 辅导  公共英语 指南 动态 备考 试题 辅导
 日语 指南 资讯 辅导 留学 考试  法语 发音 词汇 语法 听说 阅读
 韩语 入门 口语 阅读 留学 文化  西语 口语 词汇 阅读 留学 风采

学位英语免费试听

更多>>
  • 四级辅导
  • 六级辅导
全科套餐
280元/门
超值优惠套餐=写作+词汇+听力+阅读+翻译+真题精讲班 70课时
词汇串讲 精讲大纲词汇,轻松记忆单词
课时数:10课时
阅读串讲 紧扣大纲要求,直达阅读高分
课时数:10课时
听力串讲 剖析解题秘笈,提升听力水平
课时数:10课时
写作串讲 解读命题规律,揭秘高分技巧
课时数:10课时
翻译串讲 梳理重要考点,提高应试能力
课时数:约6课时
真题精讲 讲授历年真题,直击命题精髓
课时数:24课时

网校介绍

更多>>

外语教育网(www.for68.com)是北京东大正保科技有限公司(CDEL)旗下一家大型外语远程教育网站,正保科技成立于2005年7月,是国内超大型外语远程教育基地,上榜“北京优质教育资源榜”--“百万读者推崇的网络教育机构”。


公司凭借雄厚的师资力量、先进的网络视频多媒体课件技术、严谨细致的教学作风、灵活多样的教学方式,为学员提供完整、优化的外语课程,既打破了传统面授的诸多限制,发挥了网络教育的优势,也兼顾面授的答疑与互动特点,为我国培养了大量优秀的外语人才。


为了满足学员学习不同语种、不同阶段的学习需求,网站开设了包括考试英语、行业英语、实用口语以及小语种在内的百余门语言学习课程,涵盖英语、日语、韩语、俄语、德语、法语、西班牙语、意大利语、阿拉伯语等主要语种,供学员自由选择。此外,网站还拥有各类外语专业信息和考试信息20余万条,是广大学员了解外语类考试最新政策、动态及参加各语种培训的优质网站。


北京东大正保科技有限公司成立于2000年,是一家具备网络教育资质、经教育部批准开展远程教育的专业公司,为北京市高新技术企业、中国十大教育集团、联合国教科文组织技术与职业教育培训在中国的唯一试点项目。


公司下属13家行业远程教育网站,业务涵盖了会计、法律、医学、建设、自考、成考、考研、中小学、外语、信息技术、汉语言教学等诸多领域,拥有办公面积8000多平米,员工近千人,公司年招生规模达270万人。由于正保远程教育(China Distance Education Holdings Ltd., CDEL)在中国互联网远程教育行业内的绝对优势和强大影响力,正保教育模式一直被广大投资人所追捧。2008年7月30日,公司在美国纽约证券交易所正式挂牌上市(股票交易代码:DL),是2008年唯一一家在美国纽交所上市的专业从事互联网远程教育的中国企业。


精彩推荐

版权声明
   1、凡本网注明 “来源:外语教育网”的所有作品,版权均属外语教育网所有,未经本网授权不得转载、链接、转贴或以其他方式使用;已经本网授权的,应在授权范围内使用,且必须注明“来源:外语教育网”。违反上述声明者,本网将追究其法律责任。
  2、本网部分资料为网上搜集转载,均尽力标明作者和出处。对于本网刊载作品涉及版权等问题的,请作者与本网站联系,本网站核实确认后会尽快予以处理。
  本网转载之作品,并不意味着认同该作品的观点或真实性。如其他媒体、网站或个人转载使用,请与著作权人联系,并自负法律责任。
  3、本网站欢迎积极投稿
  4、联系方式:
编辑信箱:for68@chinaacc.com
电话:010-82319999-2371