1 A Christmas Charol
- The cold inside him made his eyes red, and his thin lips blue, and
his voice high and cross. It put white frost[frɒst] on his old
head, his eyebrow[ˈaɪbraʊ]s and his chin[tʃɪn].
- It was cold, frosty[ˈfrɒsti], foggy[ˈfɒɡi]
- Christmas is humbug! Surely you don’t mean that,
- What was true was that Scrooge[skruːdʒ] was just as mean as
Marley, and Marley had been just as mean as
- The fireplace was an old one, with hundreds of pictures on the tile[taɪl]s around the fire.
- But the colour left his face when, without stopping, it came
straight through the heavy,locked door, and appeared in front of
- The spirit[ˈspɪrɪt] of every man who does not help other
people in life has to travel endlessly through the world after his
- It was past two in the morning when he had gone to bed.
- Perhaps this light was sometimes too bright, because under one arm
it carried a hat, which looked like a large extinguisher[ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃə(r)].
- When he saw his poor forgotten[fəˈɡɒtn] past self, Scrooge[skruːdʒ] sat down at one of the desks , put his head in his
hands and cried.
- We’re going to spend Christmas together, and have the merriest time!
- Scrooge thought she was the girl that he had just seen, until he saw
her, now a good-looking married lady, sitting opposite her
- Although he recognize[ˈrekəɡnaɪz]d it as his own room, it looked
very different now.
- He could see that its face wore a warm and friendly smile. Light
shone from the torch[tɔːtʃ] which it was holding in its strong
- He had not walked since he was born, and although he could pull
himself and his thin little legs along with the help of a wooden crutch[krʌtʃ] , he was not strong enough to travel far alone.
- But Martha didn’t like to worry her father for a minute, so she ran
out from behind the door and kissed him.
- When the children heard Scrooge’s name ,a dark shadow came over
their happiness for a while, and they were quiet and a little sad.
- They were thin and poorly dressed, with cold, mean eyes and dry,
yellow skin, and their faces showed only a frightening and murderous[ˈmɜːdərəs] hate.
- When it came close to him, it stopped and pointed onwards[ˈɒnwədz] with one hand.
- Suddenly they were in the heart of the capital, among the
businessmen and moneylender[ˈmʌnilendə(r)]s.
- He felt the unseen eyes staring fixedly at him behind the black
- As Scrooge and the spirit watched, three women arrived at the shop
door at the same time, each carrying a large bundle[ˈbʌndl].
- You never spoke a truer word.
- To die with no friends or family around him!To lie in an empty room,
with no candles or flowers, and rob[rɒb]bed of his
- It frightens me, spirit. Show me, please, that there can be sadness[ˈsædnəs] at a death.
- It’ll be ready long before Sunday, won’t it?
- We are passing my office. Let me see how I shall look in the
- 我们正在经过我的办公室，让我看看我将来是什么样子。(What I look
like),(what I see),(I shall look beautiful)
- It was a lonely place, most suitable for a man so unloved.
- Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they only
shadows of the things that may be?
- Really,for a man who hadn’t laughed for so many years, it was an
excellent laugh. The father of a long line of excellent laughs.
- He went on laughing as he wrote Bob’s address, gave it to the man
with the turkey, and paid for a taxi, because the turkey was much too
heavy to carry all the way to Camden Town.
- We’ll discuss it all this afternoon over a Christmas drink.
2 The Picture Of Dorian Gray
- Through the open windows of the room came the rich scent[sent] of summer flowers.
- Harry, when an artist feels strongly about a portrait, it becomes a
portrait of himself, not of the sitter.
- Lord Henry could understand Basil[ˈbæzl]’s feelings for
- The artist bit his lip.
- A brown skin isn’t fashionable and it won’t suit you.
- It’s not mine to sell, Harry. The picture is Dorian[ˈdɔːrɪən]’s.
- But I can teach him.Yes, I can influence[ˈɪnfluəns] him in any
way that I please. I will teach him to discover the fire of youth[juːθ], and love, and life.
- Why can’t these American women stay in their own country? They’re
always telling us that it’s a paradise[ˈpærədaɪs] for women.
- Women have nothing to say, but they say it beautifully.
- She looked at her daughter’s lovely face, and tried to warn her of
the dangers of love, but the girl did not listen.
- I’m not going to break my promise to her.
- But the woman soon discovers that her husband is bored[bɔːd]. And then she either becomes terribly unfashionable,
or wears very expensive hats that another woman’s husband has to pay
- You have explained me to myself.
- I’m going to exhibit[ɪɡˈzɪbɪt] it in an art gallery in Paris
- He had the covered portrait carried upstaris to a small room at the
top of the house.
- He became more and more in love with the beauty of his face, more
and more interested in the ugliness[ˈʌɡlinəs] of his soul.
- How could that evil and unlovely face be Dorian Gray’s? But yes, it
- He could hear nothing – only the drip[drɪp], drip of blood
onto the floor.
- Lord Henry ran out of the room and found Dorian lying unconscious[ʌnˈkɒnʃəs] on the floor.
- I refused to destroy her young life, and I’ve left her as honest[ˈɒnɪst] as I found her.
- You cannot change to me, Dorian, You and I will always be
- Only the rings on his fingers told them who he was.
3 The Bronte Story
- I am the rector[ˈrektə(r)] of the village of Haworth.
- My eldest, Maria, was a good,clever girl – I thought
she must be the best pupil[ˈpjuːpl] in the school.
- I know Maria did not tell me that the food was often burnt[bɜːnt] and uneatable[ʌnˈiːtəbl], or that they could not
sleep because the beds were too cold. She did not tell me that the poor
hungry children had to wash with ice in the mornings, and walk through
wet snow to sit for two hours with icy feet in a cold church on
- Did you try to write something, and stop because you were afraid of
- I had wanted so much for these two girls, and now I had
- My Children never wore cotton clothes, because they burn so
- All my children could draw and paint beautifully. Charlotte[ˈʃɑːlət] used watercolours, and often spent hours painting
small pictures. Branwell used oil-paints as well.
- They wrote a lot of letters in their search for work – sometimes to
- She was the prettiest of the three girls, I suppose. She had long wavy[ˈweɪvi] brown hair, and a gentle, kind face. Emily sat on the
floor beside her, stroking[ˈstrəʊkɪŋ] the ears of her dog,
- I couldn’t possibly be a governess all my life!
- She loved that dog, but she could be very hard with him, too.
- He began to drink laudanum[ˈlɔːdənəm] as well. I thought he
would kill himself.
- Several times the postman brought an old packet to our house, which
was addressed to a man called Currer Bell. I told him
that no Currer Bell lived in Haworth, and sent him
- The doctor decided to operate[ˈɒpəreɪt] on my eyes, and the
next morning we got up early.
- His clothes were dirty, he smelt[smelt], his hands
- I remembered his paintings, his stories, his happy childish[ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ] laughter[ˈlɑːftə(r)]. My fine, clever son had
become a drunken[ˈdrʌŋkən] animal.
- I didn’t pay to get it printed, you know. The publishers paid
- She sat down, and read to me from some of the most famous magazines
- I don’t know what to say. I am so pleased for you all.
- They were afraid that he would be unhappy about their success,
because he had wanted to be a writer himself. He made life hard for all
- On 26th May Anne rode a donkey[ˈdɒŋki] on the beach.
- I understood , after a while, that he honestly loved her, and he
could make her happy.
- I remembered when my own wife, Maria, had told me this, and how this
house had been full of the laughter of little voices, and the noise of
4 Tooth and Claw
- In the bright world of his imagination Conradin was
strong and brave. It was a wonderful world, and the aunt was locked out
- Coradin has no people to love, and this chicken was the boy’s
dearest friend. And in a dark, secret place at the back of the shed was
a large wooden box with bar[bɑː(r)]s across the front. This was
the home of a very large ferret[ˈferɪt] with long, dangerous
teeth and claw[klɔː]s.
- She took Conradin with her, but to Conradin her church and her god
were without meaning.
- The afternoon there was hot buttered toast[təʊst] for tea.
Toast was usually forbidden.
- Out of the shed came a long, low, yellow-and-brown animal. There
were red, wet stain[steɪn]s around its mouth and neck.
- The aunt and the children talked, but it was not a real
conversation. It was more like a battle with a small housefly[ˈhaʊsflaɪ] which will not go away.
- Bertha[ˈbɜːθə] always wore them on her dress, and they clinked as she walked along.
- The bachelor[ˈbætʃələ(r)] stopped for a moment, while the
children’s imaginations took in these wonderful pictures.
- What will people think when those children ask her for an improper[ɪmˈprɒpə(r)] story.
- The boy was drying his wet, naked[ˈneɪkɪd] brown body in the
sun. His hair was wet too, and he had long, golden, wolfish[ˈwʊlfɪʃ] eyes. He turned those eyes towands Van Cheele with a look of lazy watchfulness.
- Can he be the miller[ˈmɪlə(r)]’s son? He disappeared two months
- There is something horrible about this boy, thought Van Cheele.I
don’t like the way he looks and I don’t like the way he talks.
- As Van Cheele walked along, he turned the questions over and over in
- Van Cheele hurriedly covered his unwanted[ˌʌnˈwɒntɪd] guest’s nakedness[ˈneɪkɪdnəs] with a newspapaer.
- He caught his train. With painful slowness[ˈsləʊnəs] it carried
him to the station a few miles from his home.
- He must have a memorial[məˈmɔːriəl] in the church.
- How are you getting on with your little black and white lady friend
in the garden?
- Mr Appin knew when he was beaten.
- I don’t want to change into a man as well as an animal!
- She got up from the table and walked into the conservatory[kənˈsɜːvətri] with a bowl of fruit for her macaw[məˈkɔː]s.
- He took a piece of sugar from the table and pushed it along the
floor towards Louisa. She ate it quickly and then,
clearly hoping for more sugar, she followed Lord Pabham
out of the room.
- Leonard[ˈlenəd] Bilsiter looked at Clovis with hate in his eyes. At that moment he wished
strongly that he could change Clovis into some small helpless animal,
and then step on him very hard.
5 The Star Zoo
- We wear black clothes to remember. We remember the Burning.
- If you are doing work that is important for the Galaxy, the Council[ˈkaʊnsl] will usually accept that as a good reason.
- I couldn’t think of anything like that. But it was something to hope
for … if I could escape.
- I let the wedding dress fall off me. I ran fast. They ran after me
but I could run much faster without the wedding dress.
- Just Like Home was green all over – fileds of wheat[wiːt]
- The Book of Remembering gives names for thousands of animals.
- The spaceship was round like a ball. It turned slowly, which made
things inside just heavy enough to stay on the ground.
- The big monster lay down next to me with its fur against my
- But something in my mind hated them. I didn’t want to have to think
- Computer makes ultrasonic[ˌʌltrəˈsɒnɪk] sound. Ultrasonices make
- It was the computer’s job to check for damage like that.
- I didn’t know the special number for making the lifts work, so I
couldn’t escape by the lifts.
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