Unit Three Text
第三课
They say that blood is thicker than water,that our relatives are more important to us than others.
都说血浓于水,亲人总是比外人亲
Everyone was so kind to the old lady on her birthday.
在老太太生日这天,每个人都对她非常好。
Surely her daughter would make an even bigger effort to please her?
无疑她的女儿将会做出更大的努力使她高兴?
THE PRESENT
礼物
It was the old lady's birthday.
这天是老太太的生日。
She got up early to be ready for the post.
为了静心等候邮件,她一早就起床了。
Form the second floor flat she could see the postman when he came down the street,
邮差打马路那头过来的时候,她从三楼的公寓套间里一眼就可能看到。
and the little boy from the ground floor brought up her letters on the rare occasions when anything came.
她难得有信,偶乐有邮件寄来,总是由住在底楼的小男孩给她送上来。
Today she was sure there would be something.
她相信今天肯定会有什么东西寄来。
Myra wouldn't forget her mother's birthday,even if she seldom wrote at other times.
迈拉尽管在别的时候绝很少写信,可母亲的生日她是不会忘记的。
Of course Myra was busy.
当然,迈拉很忙。
Her husband had been made Mayor,
她丈夫当上了市长,
and Myra herself had got a medal for her work for the aged.
迈拉自己也由于热心为老年人工作而获得了一枚奖章。
The old lady was proud of Myra,
老太太颇以迈拉自豪,
but Enid was the daughter she loved.
但她真疼爱的女儿却是伊妮德。
Enis has never married,
伊妮德始终没结婚,
but had seemed content to live with her mother,and teach in a primary school round the corner.
但她似乎乐于跟老母同住,并乐意任教于附近的一所小学。
One evening,however,Enid said,"I've arranged for Mrs.Morrison to look after you for a few days,Mother.
然而一天傍晚,伊妮德却说:“妈妈,我已经安排好让莫里森太太来照料你几天。
Tomorrow I have to go into hospitaljust a minor operation.
明天我要去住院??只是动个小手术。
I'll soon be home."
我很快会回家来的。”
In the morning she went,but never came back
第二天早上她去了,却再也没有回来??
she died on the operating table.
她死在手术台上,
Myra came to the funeral,
迈拉来参加了葬礼
and in her efficient way arranged for Mrs.Morrison to come in and light the fire and give the old lady her breakfast.
并以她独有的干练方式,安排莫里森太太每天来家生火,并为老太太准备早餐。
Two years ago that was,
那是两年以前的事了,
and since then Myra had been to see her mother three times,
打那以后,迈拉来看过她母亲三次,
but her husband never.
可她丈夫却一次也没来过。
The old lady was eighty today.
今天是老太太的八十寿辰。
She had put on her best dress.
她穿上了最好的衣裙。
Perhapsperhaps Myra might come.
也许??也许迈拉会来的吧。
After all,eighty was a special birthday,
不管怎么说,八十大寿毕竟非同一般??
another decade lived or endured just as you chose to look at it.
你又活了十年,或者说又熬过了十年,是活是熬,全在于你怎么看了。
Even if Myra did not come,she would send a present.
即使迈拉不来,她也会寄件礼物来的。
The old lady was sure of that.
老太太对这点是拿得准的。
Two spots of colour brightened her cheeks.
脸颊上的两片红晕,便她满脸生辉。
She was excitedlike a child.
她心情激动??激动得像个小孩。
She would enjoy her day.
她的这个生日一定会过得很快活。
Yesterday Mrs.Morrison had given the flat an extra clean,
昨天,莫里森太太把这套公寓房间额外打扫了一遍。
and today she had brought a card and a bunch of marigolds when she came to do the breakfast.
今天来准备早餐时还带来了一张生日卡和一束万寿菊。
Mrs.grant downstairs had made a cake,
楼下的格兰特太太特地做了一只蛋糕,
and in the aftermoon she was going down there to tea.
下午老太太要下楼到她家去吃茶点。
The little boy,Johnnie,had been up with a packet of mints,
小男孩约翰尼也上楼来过,送来一盒薄荷糖,
and said he wouldn't go out to play until the post had come.
还说她要等邮件来了以后再出去玩。
"I guess you'll get lots and lots of presents,"he said.
“我猜你准会收到好多礼物,”他说。
"I did last week when I was six."
“上个礼拜我六岁生日,就收到好多好多。”
What would she like?
她想要样什么礼物呢?
A pair of slippers perhaps.
也许是一双拖鞋。
Or a new cardigan.
或者是一件新的羊毛开衫。
A cardigan would be lovely.
要真是一件羊毛开衫那就太好了。
Blue's such a pretty colour.
蓝盈盈的,那颜色该多么漂亮。
Jim had always liked her in blue.
过去吉姆就总是喜欢她穿蓝的。
Or a table lamp.
再不就是一盏台灯,
Or a book,a travel book,with pictures,
或者一本书,一本带照片的游记,
or a little clock,with clear black numbers.
一只小钟也行,钟面带醒目的黑色数字的小钟。
So many lovely things.
让人喜欢的东西可真多。
She stood by the window,watching.
她站在窗口望着。
The postman turned round the corner on his bicycle.
邮差骑着自行车过了拐角。
Her heart beat fast.
她心跳加快了。
Johnnie had seen him too and ran to the gate.
约翰尼也看到了邮差,立即向大门口跑去。
Then clatter,clatter up the stairs.
接着,楼梯上传来“得得得”的脚步声。
Johnnie knocked at her door.
约翰尼敲她的门。
"Granny,granny,":he shouted,"I've got your post."
“奶奶,奶奶,”他叫着说。“我拿到你的信了。”
He gave her four envelopes.
他交给她四封信。
Three were unsealed cards from old friends.
三封没有封口,是老朋友寄来的生日卡。
The fourth was sealed,in Myra's writing.
上面的字迹出自迈拉之手。
The old lady felt a pang of disappointment.
失望的痛楚攫住了老太太的心。
"No parcel,Johnnie?"
“没有包裹吗?约翰尼?”
"No,granny."
“没有,奶奶。”
Maybe the parcel was too large to come by letter post.
也许是包裹太大了,没法随信件邮班同来。
That was it.It would come later by parcel post.
对了,准是这个缘帮。待会儿会由包裹邮班送来的。
She must be patient.
她一定要有耐心。
Almost reluctantly she tore the envelope open.
她几乎是勉强地撕开了信封。
Folded in the card was a piece of paper.
只见生日卡里夹着一张折叠起来的纸。
Written on the card was a message under the printed Happy Birthday--
卡有印有“生日快乐”字样,下面写着一句附言??
Buy yourself something nice with the cheque,Myra and Harold.
拿这张支票给自己买样称心的东西吧??迈拉和哈罗德。
The cheque fluttered to the floor like a bird with a broken wing.
支票像只断了翅膀的小鸟似地飘落在地板上。
Slowly the old lady stooped to pick it up.
老太太慢慢地弯下腰,把支票从地上捡了起来。
Her present,her lovely present.
她的礼物,她的可爱的礼物!
With trembling fingers she tore it into little bits.
她用颤抖的手指把支票撕了个粉碎。
New Words
新单词
relative n.
亲属,亲戚
present n.
礼物,赠品
postman n.
邮递员
rare a.
罕见的;不常发生的
occasion n.
时刻,时机,场合
mayor n.
市长
medal n.
奖章
aged n.
年长的
content a.
满意的,高兴的
primary a.
首要的;最初的
arrange vi.
作安排,筹划
minor a.
较小的;次要的
operate vi.
开刀,动手术
operating table n.
手术台
funeral n.
葬礼
efficient a.
效率高的
decade n.
十年
endure vt.
忍受,忍耐
spot n.
点,斑点
brighten vt.
使发光;使发亮
cheek n.
面颊
extra a.
额外的,外加的
clean n.
清洁,洗涤
bunch n.
(一)束,(一)串
marigold n.
万寿菊(花)
packet n.
小包(裹)
mint n.
薄荷糖
slipper n.
拖鞋
cardigan n.
(羊毛)开衫
clatter n.
咔嗒声
granny n.
奶奶,祖母
envelope n.
信封
unsealed a.
未密封的
seal vt.
未密封
sealed a.
密封的
writing n.
书法;笔迹
pang n.
剧痛
disappointment n.
失望
disappoint vt.
失望
parcel n.
包裹
reluctantly ad
不情愿地,勉强地
reluctant a.
不情愿的
fold vt.
折叠
cheque n.
支票
flutter vt.
飘动
stoop vi.
弯腰
tremble vi.
颤抖
at other times
在别的时候;平时
round/around the corner
在附近,即将来临
after all
毕竟,终究
be sure of
对…有把握,确信
pick up
拿起,捡起
Proper Name
专有名词
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)
 

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