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1. Reading comprehension阅读理解………………
A PERSON OF GREAT DETERMINATION (2)
Many years later, I was sailing to Europe on a fine sailing ship across the
Atlantic. For the greater part of the voyage we had pleasant weather, but to-
wards the end of our crossing a terrible storm came up and the ship would have
sunk with all on board but for the efforts of the captain.
The ship started to leak and began to fill with water. The sailors were
strong, able and willing. But after pumping for one whole night, they were los-
ing the battle against the rising water and were on the point of giving up.
The captain, as soon as he realized the situation, took charge. He or-
dered the sailors back to their pumps and encouraged them fiercely to save the
ship. His strong will doubled their efforts. How the men pumped like crazy!
As the captain passed me, I asked him whether there was any hope of saving
He looked at me.“Yes, sir,”he said.“While my feet remain standing
above the water level, there is hope. Neither I nor any of the sailors will leave
the ship so long as it remains above the surface of the sea. We shall do every-
thing we can to save the ship, and if we fail, it will not be our fault.”Then he
turned to all the passengers and shouted,“To the pumps, every one of you!”
Three times during that day we were on the point of giving up. But the
captain's courage, determination and iron will forced us to continue, and we
went back to the pumps.“I will land you safe in Liverpool,”he cried,“if you
will stay strong and firm with me.”
And in the end he did land us safe, but the ship sank soon after it reached
the port of Liverpool. The captain stood at the edge of the ship once it was
safely tied up to the wall of the port and received the thanks of the passengers
as they hurried off the ship. As I expressed to him my thanks, he held my hand
firmly, looked /into/ my eyes and said,“Sir, don't you recognize me?”I told
him that I did not.
“Do you remember the boy who you followed when he had so much diffi-
culty in buying a geography book, some thirty years ago in Cincinnati?”
“Why yes. I remember that boy very well. His name was William Hartley.”
“I am that same William Hartley.”
“Goodness!”I said.“What good fortune that I traveled with you as my
captain! The determination that thirty years ago got you that geography book
has today saved our lives.”
1come up (机会等)出现；发生
A light breeze came up.一阵微风刮起。
2主语+would have done sth. +but for+sth.要不是……就……
But for the snow, we would have had a very pleasant journey.
3on the point of在……的时刻，正要(去做某事)
The teacher came in when we were on the point of returning home.
注意be on the point of doing sth.相当于be about to do sth.短语中的介词on有时可替换为at。
短语链接：be crazy on/about sth.醉心于……；be crazy with joy欣喜若狂
5so long as只要
相当于as long as，常用于引导条件状语从句。
As long as you are happy, it doesn't matter what you do.
6And in the end he did land us safe.最后他的确把我们平安送上了岸。
Do tell me all about yourself.请把你的一切告诉我吧。
After a few words, he hurried off.说过几句话后，他匆忙离开了。
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