READING: Water talk
Daisy was in the bathroom
. She was brushing her teeth and the tap
was on. Water was pouring into the washbasin and vanishing
down the drain
'Turn that tap off,' a voice said loudly. Daisy froze. She looked around, but saw no one. 'Turn that lap off. You're wasting water!' The voice sound impatient
This time Daisy obeyed. 'Who... who are you?' Daisy's voice was faint
'I'm a drop of water. It's not easy for me to get here. Do you know where I'm from?'
'From the tap, I suppose,' said Daisy.
'Yes, but before that? 'Water said. 'A few days ago, I was floating
comfortably in a cloud in Jiangxi, enjoying the view. Then the cloud dropped me into a stream and I sped down the mountain into the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River carried me into a lake. I relaxed there for a few days, and then I travelled a long way and ran into the Huangpu River. Then it was time to get cleaned up.'
'Cleaned up?' Daisy sounded puzzled.
'Yes. I was dirty after my journey so they took me to a water treatment works. They gave me a thorough
cleaning and added a few chemicals
to me. Then I travelled in the pipes
under the streets. I waited there until you called me, and here I am.'
Daisy said, 'So this is the end of your journey.'
'No. When you've finished with me, I'll go to a sewage plant. Then they'll pump me into the river and I'll be back in the sea again.'
'Yes. That's where I came from in the first place. Remember not to waste me or pollute me. I'm precious
, like liquid
gold. See you.'
'Wait a minute. What do you mean by liquid gold?' But there was no reply. The water had gone.
Daisy came out of the bathroom. Her brother said, 'Who were you talking to?'
'I was talking to the water,' Daisy said.
'Sometimes you're strange, Daisy,' her brother said.
1 She was brushing her teeth and the tap was on.（那时）她正在刷牙，水龙头开着。
此外，句中的on为副词，表示“处于工作状态或使用中”，又如： He fell asleep with the light on.他睡着了，但灯还开着。
2 Water was pouring into the washbasin and vanishing down the drain．水流入水槽，消失在下水道中。
3 Turn that tap off. 把水龙头关掉。
句中的turn…off意为“关掉”，此句也可以说成：Turn off that tap.
4 Daisy froze.黛西愣住了。
句中的freeze意为“不动；停住；惊呆；吓呆”。freeze还可意为“结冰”，如在7B Unit 10中学过：When water freezes, it turns into ice.
5 I'm a drop of water.我是一滴水。
6 A few days ago,1 was floating comfortably in a cloud in Jiangxi, enjoying the view. 几天前，我舒舒服服地漂浮在江西上空的一片云里，欣赏着风景。
7 Then the cloud dropped me into a stream…然后，云朵把我扔进了小溪
句中的drop是及物动词，后接宾语，意为“使降落；使落下”。在7B Unit 6中曾学过： The temperature's dropping.，此处drop为不及物动词，后不接宾语，意为“降低”。
8 Then it was time to get cleaned up. 然后，该是把我净化的时候了。
9 a water treatment works 自来水厂 a sewage plant 污水处理厂
10 That's where I came from in the first place.我最初就是从那里来的。
11 What do you mean by liquid gold? 你所说的“液体黄金”是什么意思？ 当我们对某个信息不理解时，常用What do you mean by？来询问。
12 But there was no reply.但是没有任何答复。 句中的reply作名词，意为“回答；答复”。reply也可作动词。