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新概念英语第三册:A spot of bother

2014-07-21 17:55

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  A spot of bother 一点儿小麻烦

  The old lady was glad to be back at the block of flats where she lived. Her shopping had tired her and her basket had grown heavier with every step of the way home. In the lift her thoughts were on lunch and a good rest; but when she got out at her own floor, both were forgotten in her sudden discovery that her front door was open. She was thinking that she must reprimand her home help the next morning for such a monstrous piece of negligence, when she remembered that she had gone shopping after the home help had left and she knew that she had turned both keys in their locks. She walked slowly into the hall and at once noticed that all the room doors were open, yet following her regular practice she had shut them before going out. Looking into the drawing room, she saw a scene of confusion over by her writing desk. It was as clear as daylight then that burglars had forced an entry during her absence. Her first impulse was to go round all the rooms looking for the thieves, but then she decided that at her age it might be more prudent to have someone with her, so she went to fetch the porter from his basement. By this time her legs were beginning to tremble, so she sat down and accepted a cup of very strong tea, while he telephoned the police. Then, her composure regained, she was ready to set off with the porter's assistance to search for any intruders who might still be lurking in her flat.

  老妇人回到了她居住的公寓楼,心里很高兴。去商店买东西把她搞得筋疲力尽;在回家的路上,她每走一步,就感到手里的篮子又重了一点。她乘上电梯后,只想着午餐和好好休息一下。但她到自己的楼层走出电梯后,就把这两件事忘了个干净,因为她突然发现她家的大门开着。她心想明天上午一定要好好训斥那个干家务的帮手,她竟如此疏忽大意。但突然记起来了,帮手是在她出去买东西之前走的,她还记得曾用了两把钥匙把大门锁上了。她慢慢地走进前厅,立即发现所有的房门都敞开着,而她记得在出门买东西前,她按老规矩是把房门一一锁上的。她往起居室里看去,写字台边一片狼籍。事情很清楚,在她外出时,窃贼曾闯进家门。她第一个条件反射是各个房间搜寻一下窃贼,但转念一想,像她这个年纪,最好找个人一起去。于是她到地下室去找看门的人。这时她两腿累得开始发抖,于是坐了下来,喝了一杯浓茶。与此同时,看门的人给警察挂了电话。此刻老妇人也镇定了下来,准备在看门人的协助下搜寻可能仍躲藏在她房里的窍贼。

  New words and expressions 生词与短语

  life

  n. 电梯

  monstrous

  adj. 极大的,可怕的

  negligence

  n. 粗心大意

  lurk

  v. 潜藏

  hinder

  v. 妨碍

  fingerprint

  n. 指纹

  chaos

  n. 混乱,无秩序

  inconceivable

  adj. 不可思议的

  veritable

  adj. 真正的,地地道道的

  magpie

  n. 喜欢收藏物品的人

  prudent

  adj. 谨慎的

  composure

  n. 镇静,沉着

  intruder

  n. 入侵者(尤指欲行窃者)

  toss

  v. 扔

  discard

  v. 丢

  discard

  v. 丢弃

  constable

  n. 警察

  ransack

  v. 洗劫

  balcony

  n. 阳台

  fussy

  adj. 大惊小怪的,小题大作的

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