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Lesson 2 Thirteen equals one

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

' One night, however, our vicar woke up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped. Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on. In the torchlight, he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins, our local grocer.'Whatever are you doing up here Bill ?' asked the vicar in surprise.

' I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill.' I've been coming up here night after night for weeks now. You see, I was hoping to give you a surprise.'

'You certainly did give me a surprise!' said the vicar. 'You've probably woken up everyone in the village as well. Still, I'm glad the bell is working again.'

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

'We'll get used to that Bill,' said the vicar. 'Thirteen is not as good as one but it's better than nothing. Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.'

New words and expressions 生词和短语

equal(title)['i:kwəl]v. 等于

raise(1. 1)[reiz]v. 募集;筹(款)

vicar(1. 1)['vikə]n. 牧师

torchlight(1. 8)['tɔ:tʃlait]n. 电筒光

Notes on the text课文注释

1woke up with a start:… with a start, 由于受到惊动,惊醒了。冒号后面是一个解释性的分句,是对start所作的具体说明。

2recognize as, 认出是。

3Whatever are you doing up here?你究竟在这上面干什么? whatever用于疑问句中,用以加强what的语气,作“究竟什么”解,口语中很常用。

4You certainly did give me a surprise!你确实使我感到意外! 在英语中助动词do可以用来表示强调。此时助动词do放在谓语动词之前。

5Thirteen is not as good as one, but it is better than nothing. 敲13下虽然不如敲1下好,但总比1下不敲强多了。

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我们教区的牧师总是为各种各样的事筹集资金,但始终未能筹足资金把教堂的钟修好。教堂的钟很大,以前不分昼夜打点报时,但在很多年前遭到毁坏,从此便无声无息了。 一天夜里,我们的牧师突然被惊醒了,大钟又在“打点”报时了!他一看表,才1点钟,可是那钟一连敲了13下才停。牧师拿着一支电筒走上钟楼想去看看究竟发生了什么事情。借着电筒光,他看见一个人,马上认出那是本地杂货店店主比尔·威尔金斯。 “你究竟在这上面干什么,比尔?”牧师惊讶地问。 “我想把这口钟修好,”比尔回答说。“好几个星期了,我天天夜里到钟楼上来。嗯,我是想让你大吃一惊。” “你确实使我大吃了一惊!”牧师说,“也许同时你把村里所有的人都吵醒了。不过,钟又能报时了,我还是很高兴的。” “问题就在这里,牧师,”比尔回答说。“不错,钟是能报时了,但是,恐怕每到1点钟,它总要敲13下,对此我已无能为力了。” “大家慢慢就习惯了,比尔,”牧师说。“13下是不如1下好,但总比1下也不敲强。来,咱们下楼去喝杯茶吧。”

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