|http://www.sina.com.cn 2005/11/08 10:03 新航道学校—胡敏|
21. My Paper Route
Since I was young, my parents have been telling me “hard work builds character”. What they mean is that by working hard, a person can learn skills that differentiate him from other people, and earn for himself whatever he desires.
I learned what they meant at a very young age. When I was fourteen, I had my first big dilemma. There was a computer game that I wanted to have. My parents would not buy it for me. I was very angry, stormed around the house, trying not to despise my parents. They wanted me to work! What a disaster! Later I was able to detach myself from that desolate mood. Like a good diplomat, I asked my parents what I should do. “I diagnose you with a case of laziness” my mother said. She knew the cure, a job.
So, that year I got a paper route. Before school I would ride my bicycle around my neighborhood along whatever route the newspaper office would designate as mine, delivering papers to my neighbor’s houses. Every little detail of those mornings is still clear to me. I would set out in the dim light of the rising sun and watch the morning fog diffuse as the sun came up. Through the summer, and as fall began to deteriorate into winter, I would devote about an hour per day to my little job. Soon I had earned enough money to buy the game that I wanted. When I carried it home from the store, I begun to detect in myself a new feeling. I had a sense of accomplishment, because I had worked hard to deserve the new game as a reward for my efforts. My parents never wanted to dictate where I spent my wages, and never said anything when they saw me playing my new game. However, I saw them smile at each other that day, and I knew they were proud.
For many years I kept that job. Nothing could detain me or make me deviate from my morning route. Years later, my interest in computer games started to diminish, and I chose to discard that first game. However, this dimension of hard work enabled me to use the money I earned to buy other small things. I only left the job after I had gotten my high school diploma and was leaving for college. Now that I am older and have children of my own, I have started to teach them the important lesson, “hard work builds character.”
deserve v. 应得, 值得
deserving a. 该受赏的, 有功的; 值得的 (of); 值得帮助的, 应受经济援助的
designatev. 指明, 标明, 指定, 指派
designation n. 标志, 表明; 名称, 命名
desire n./v. 愿望, 欲望, 要求
desirable a. 值得想望的; 可取的, 有利的
desolate a. 荒芜的, 不毛的; 孤独凄凉的, 可怜的
v. 使荒芜; 使不幸, 使悲惨
desolation n. 破坏, 蹂躏; 荒芜, 凄凉
despise v. 鄙视, 藐视, 看不起
detach v. 拆卸, 使分开, 使分离 (from)
detache a. 独立的, 分离的; 公正的; 冷淡的
detail n. 细节, 详情 v. 详述, 列举
go into～(s) 详细叙述, 逐一说明
detain v. 留住, 耽搁; 拘留, 扣押
detect v. (当场) 发现 (某人在干坏事); 查明, 测出, 发现
detective n. 侦探, 私人侦探 a. (关于) 侦探的; 侦查 (用) 的
detector n. 探测者, 探测器
deteriorate v. (使) 恶化, (使) 变坏, (使) 退化；解体
deterioration n. 恶化, 变坏, 衰退
deviate v. 背离, 偏离
deviation n. 背离, 偏离
devote v. 将…献给 (to) ;把…专用于 (to)
～oneself to 献身于, 致力于, 沉溺于
～oneself to reading 专心于阅读
～oneself to amusement 沉溺于娱乐
devoted a. 献身的, 专心的
devotion n. 献身, 忠诚, 专心
diagnose v. 诊断, 判断
diagnosis n. [复-ses] 诊断 (结论), 判断 (结论)
dictate v. 口授, 使听写; 命令, 发号施令地规定
dictation n. 口授, 听写; 命令, 支配
dictator n. 口授者, 口述者; 独裁者, 专政者
differentiate v. 使不同, 使有差别; 区分, 区别
diffuse v. 扩散 (气体、液体等); 传播; 散布 a. 弥漫的, 四散的; (文章等) 冗长的, 漫无边际的
diffusion n. 扩散, (知识等的) 传播
the～of news over radio and TV 无线电和电视的新闻传播
dilemma n. (进退两难的) 窘境, 困境
dim a. (dimmer, dimmest) 暗淡的, 模糊的
dimension n. [常作～] 尺寸, 大小, 规模; [亦作～s] 范围, 主要性; 维, 维数度；特点，特性；方面
diminish v. 减少, 降低; 削弱…的权势, 贬低
diploma n. [复-mas 或-mata] 毕业文凭, 学位证书
diplomat n. 外交家, 外交官; 圆滑的人
diplomatic a. 外交的, 从事外交的; 有手腕的, 圆滑的, 婉转的
disaster n. 灾难, 火灾, 大不幸; 彻底的失败
disastrous a. 灾难性的, 极不幸的; 很糟的
discard v. 丢弃, 抛弃
28. Fashion Show
In April the annual spring fashion show came round again, and the students were once again plunged into the extravagant business of designing and making new clothes. Of course, there’s much more to fashion design than merely being able to draw. Marcia, for example, had an eye for fabric, whereas Helen had a great facility for choosing accessories and Uma excelled at making fancy fake jewelry. David, on the other hand, as the only boy in the faculty, tended to be extreme in his designs. Leather seemed to fascinate him and he often experimented with leaving clothes under a sunray lamp until the material suffered fatigue and the colors started to fade.
On the day of the show itself, people came from afar to watch. Marcia had let her fantasy run wild and had made a long, flowing robe in faint pink with a silk scarf that acted as a frame for the model’s face. Helen had designed an extremely elaborate set of accessories, but with Uma to facilitate the implementation she was able to complete them on time. David, on the other hand, had labored to fabricate a curious patent leather trouser suit. Marcia was concerned about how her design would fare, but she needn’t have worried. As soon as the model stepped onto the catwalk a murmur of admiration rippled through the audience. Helen’s offering was equally well received, though unfortunately the model slipped on a joint in the catwalk and took a rather heavy fall, which wasn’t the poor girl’s fault. David’s design, however, proved problematic. His patent leather trouser suit had been made in such a hurry that he had no time to sew up the seams and had relied, instead, on glue to hold them together. This was fatal. No sooner had the model started up the catwalk than the glue started to fail. She hadn’t gone far when the front of the jacket fell off, then the seat of the trousers fell out, and in no time at all the poor model was standing in front of the audience in her underwear with a face as red as a beetroot. David, however, was thinking on his feet. He hastily snatched up a nightdress, leapt onto the catwalk and handed it to the model. “Ladies and gentlemen”, he said, “I give you the ultimate in high-technology clothing. As soon as you enter your bedroom, it undresses you automatically.” Then, turning to the model, he thanked her profusely and ushered her backstage.
Extravagant a. 奢侈的, 铺张的，浪费的; 过分的, 过度的
Extravagance n. 奢侈, 浪费; 过度, 无节制
extreme a. 末端的, 尽头的; 极度的, 极端的 n. 极端; 极度 (状态); 极端行为
in the～极端, 极度, 非常
eye n. 眼睛; 视力, 眼力; 鉴赏力; [常作～s] 观点, 见解 v. (eyed; ey (e) ing) 看, 注视
catch sb.抯～被某人看到, 引起某人注意
keep an～on 照看, 留神, 密切注意
eyebrow n. 眉毛
eyesight n. 视力; 视野
fabric n. 织物, 织品; 结构, 构造;(织物的)质地
fabricate v. 建造, 制造，制作; 捏造, 编造 (谎言、借口等)
fabrication n. 建造, 制造; 虚构的东西, 捏造的东西
face n. 脸, 面孔; 面容, 面部表情; 正面, 表面; 面子, 尊严 v. 面朝, 面向; (勇敢地) 对待, 正视
～to～面对面地, 面对着的 (with)
～up to 勇敢地对付 (或接受)
in (the) ～of 在…面前; 不顾
make a～(或～s ) 做怪相, 做鬼脸
facilitate v. 使变得 (更) 容易, 使便利; 促进, 助长; 帮助，援助
facility n. 容易, 方便; 熟练, 灵巧; 技巧，技能; [常作facilities] 设备, 设施
faculty n. 官能, 能力, 技能; (大学的) 系、科、院; (学校或系的) 全体教学人员
fade v. (颜色) 褪去; (声音等) 变微弱; (光等) 变暗淡; 逐渐消失
fail v. 失败, 衰退; 不及格; [后接不定式] 不能; 使失望; 失灵，失去作用
～of 不能获得 (成功等); 不能达到 (目的等); 不履行 (职责等); 缺乏
failure n. 失败, 失败的人 (或事); 故障, 失灵; 不履行, 未做到
faint a. 不清楚的, 模糊的, 微弱的, 暗淡的 v. 昏倒
fake v. 伪造, 捏造; 伪装, 假装 n. 假货, 赝品 a. 假的, 伪造的, 冒充的
～sb. out [美口] (在比赛中) 以假动作迷惑某人
～up 伪造, 捏造, 编造
fakery n. [口] 欺骗, 弄虚作假; 伪造物
fall v. (fell ,fallen) 跌落, 下降; 变成, 成为; 降临, 到来 n. [主美] 秋天, 秋季
～apart 破裂, 崩溃
～back 后退, 退却
～back on (或 upon) 借助于, 依靠
～in with 偶然遇到; 同意, 赞成; 符合, 与…一致
～off 从…落下; 减少, 降低; 衰退, 减弱; 疏远, 脱离
～out 掉出, 跌落; 吵架, 不和; 结果, 证明
～through 失败, 成为泡影; 不能践约, 失约
fancy n. 想像力; 幻想, 幻觉; (尤指一时的) 爱好, 迷恋 v. 想像, 幻想 a. 花式的, 别致的; 想像出来的
fantasy n./v. 想象, 幻想
fantastic a. 想象出来的; 奇异的, 古怪的; 荒诞的, 不现实的; 极大的, 难以相信的; [口] 极好的, 了不起的
far a. /ad. 远的 (地), 遥远的 (地), 久远的 (地)
as～as / so～as 远至, 到…程度
by～[修饰比较级或最高级, 强调数量、程度等] …得多, 最…; 显然
～from 远离; 远远不, 完全不, 非但不
fare n. 车费, 船费, 飞机票价; 伙食, 饮食 v. 吃, 进食; 过活, 生活; 进展, 成功
fascinate v. 强烈地吸引, 迷住, 使神魂颠倒
fascinating a. 迷人的, 有极大吸引力的
fascination n. 魅力; 迷恋, 入迷
fashion n. 方式, 样子; 流行式样, 时尚, 时装
in (the) ～合于时尚
out of (the) ～不合时尚
set the (或a) ～树立新榜样, 开创新时尚
fashionable a. 流行的, 时髦的
fatal a. 致命的, 毁灭性的; 决定命运的
fatigue n. 疲劳, 劳累
fault n. 缺点, 毛病; 错误, 过失
at～出毛病, 有故障; 靠不住; 有过错, 有责任
find～with 找…的岔子, 挑剔, 批评
faulty a. 有错误的, 有缺点的, 不完善的
The Paper Pilferer
I have been doing this since nineteen ninety-nine, which makes this the ninth month and next month the tenth. I stole the neighbor’s new newspaper and was reading the news. They never knew I took their newspaper and nobody ever caught me taking it. I would be sitting outside reading the paper when the neighbors would walk by and give me a nod to say hello. They were nice people but just not very bright.
They told me they stayed up all night to see who was stealing their paper but the thief never came. I remembered that I happened to be in the next town for a week on business. They also told me they were planning on setting up a net to catch the person but neither of them knew how to do such a thing. They always came to me with newer ideas of how to catch the thief. Their next idea is to do something so when the newspaper is taken, there will be some noise to wake them up. I would nod my head when they told me. They had no idea it was me who was taking their paper.
I was neither nervous nor scared when I stole the paper. None of their plans were new to me and no plan of theirs ever worked that well.
I couldn’t neglect the paper and neither could the neighbors. I tried to be noble and stop stealing but I’m not a noble and decided it was fun for me.
This is why I am now in prison.
Neither a.［和单数名词或代词连用］两者都不是 conj.也不 ad.也不
Next a.下一个 ad.其次，然后n.下一个人(或物)
no a.没有，决非，不许 ad.不，不是
noble n.贵族 a.高贵的，高尚的，崇高的
nod v.点头 n.以点头示意…
Tuesday the twelfth was my birthday. I expected a day of cake and presents but it turned into a day of mystery. Someone sent a tube with a letter and a treasure map inside. I didn’t know how I should have treated it. It said there was a treasure of over twenty million dollars. I didn’t know if it was a trick or if I should trust it. If it was true, it would be the best treat ever. I decided to try.
Two of my friends came. We rented a truck for the twentieth. In truth, I thought about turning back twice during this trip, but I didn’t think it was fair to treat myself like this. I owed it to myself at least to try. I needed to give this trip twice the effort I had been putting in. This will take all my trust in order for me to find the truth.
“The map says you have to turn when you see a large stone with a red circle,” said one of them.
“What do we do after the turn?” I asked
“It says we should see a tree. We are supposed to turn 20 meters north of it and dig.”
We got there and dug. We had trouble at first digging but we got better and worked very quickly. My trousers were dirty but I kept digging until I hit something.
It was a large metal box. We broke off the lock and looked inside. There was a letter.
The lesson you have learned will prove to be very valuable. If you applied as much energy in anything you do as you did in finding this letter, you will have found the key to making over 20 million dollars.
This is a trick from my parents.
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