第二课:Thirteen equals one:十三等于一?( 这是一种很独特的写作手法,就是通过写一些与人们的常识相矛盾的东西作题目,以引起大家对文章的兴趣,又例如30课的“幽灵之死”,鬼怎么会死了?这就是作者要故意引起大家的悬念,我们写文章想拿高分时,题目可以才采用这种手法。


1)Our vicar is always【 raising money】 for 【one cause or another】, but he has never 【managed to 】【get enough money】 to 【have the church clock repaired】.

managed to :成功地做某事
try to :尝试做某事,但不知道成功与否
raise是筹款的意思
cause:有点像case的意思,事件。
have the church clock repaired:have sth. done 叫某人做某事
get enough money:get money:取得钱。后面的课文还有更直接的取得钱的叫法:make money:是十四课强盗的那课。大家可以比较一下牧师的get money 和强盗的make money的语景


2)The big clock (which 【used to 】strike the hours day and night) was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.

3)One night,《 however》, our vicar 【work up with a start】: the clock was 【striking the hours】

striking the hours:敲打时间,就是报时的意思(大家可以想象一下我们以前的大钟是“当当”响地报时地:strik

! 4)《Looking at his watch,》 he saw that {it was one o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times 《before it stopped》. }

5)《Armed with a torch》, the vicar 【went up into the clock tower】 to see {【what was going on】}.

Armed with a torch:Armed的意思是装备,拿上的意思。注意:这个词在这里不能用arming,至于为什么请大家查看一下字典,它一般是用armed形式的,很特殊。

6)《In the torchlight》, he 【caught sight of】 a figure (whom he immediately 【recognized as】 Bill Wilkins, our local grocer.)

In the torchlight:torchlight是手电筒的意思,torch是火把。这是英国的叫法,美国叫手电筒为flashlight.-----flash
figure:这里为什么要用figure呢?(人影),因为当时是凌晨1点了,四周漆黑一篇,如果借着手电筒能看清楚是“人”的话,那么就用得不受贴切了。请记住晚上漆黑时看人是figure,这个词到30课的时候讲“晚上见鬼”是还是figure

recognized as:recognized---是已经认出那个人了。这和第一课的spot不同,spot是一下子看到了,但没有说结果的。这两个词在后面的课文还会出现的。

7)Whatever are you doing up here Bill?' asked the vicar《 in surprise. 》
up :这里为什么有个up呢?是因为那个是在grocer是在钟塔上面,这个西方的钟塔是要上楼梯的,所以上一句went 【up】 into the clock tower,也用了个up。背的时候要注意这些小词

8)'I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill.

9)'I've been coming up here 【night after night】 《for weeks now》.
'I've been coming up here :用这种特殊的时态表示从过去一直在进行,而且还在进行下去。这种时态在新概念三后面用烂了,请熟记。

10)You see, I was hoping to 【give you a surprise】.'

11)'You certainly did 【give me a surprise】!' said the vicar.
did 和do是作强调用的,它只要用来动词前面就可以起强调的作用。

12)'You've probably 【woken up】 everyone in the village【 as well】.
as well:也

11)Still, I'm glad {the bell is working again.'}
Still:然而
work:这个词在新概念三用烂了,记住一讲机器就讲它是否work

12)That's the trouble, vicar,' answered Bill.

13)'【It's working all right】, but I'm afraid {that 《at one o'clock》it will strike thirteen times and 【there's nothing I can do about it】."}

there's nothing I can do about it:黄金句子,“我无能为力”三意思,请熟记

14)We'll 【get used to 】that, Bill,' said the vicar.
get used to :习惯

15)"Thirteen is not 【as good as】 one, but【 it's better than nothing】.
it's better than nothing:黄金句子,“有比无好”的意思。

16) Now let's 【go downstairs】 and【 have a cup of tea】.'

二)背诵的线索:

介绍“坏钟”---钟重响---查找(为何重响)-----发现原因(13=1)


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