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Programme 20

发布者: KK | 发布时间: 2011-10-24 22:22| 查看数: 4896| 评论数: 0|

[00:00] PROGRAMME 20

[00:04] Text one

[00:07] Mr. Williams' diary:

[00:12] The fire

[00:15] Sunday, FEBRUARY, 6

[00:20] It must have been after two o'clock in the morning when the last guests took their leave,

[00:27] and although we had enjoyed their company,

my wife and I were quite thankful to shut the door behind them.

[00:34] We left all the dirty dishes and glasses as they were,

[00:40] and, after opening a few windows to let some fresh air in and the smell of stale tobacco out,

[00:48] we climbed into bed and fell asleep.

[00:53] I couldn't have been asleep for more than half an hour

[00:58] when I awoke with a strong smell of smoke in my nostrils.

[01:04] Still half asleep, I staggered into the lange,

[01:10] and there, through dense clouds of smoke, I saw that one of the curtains was on fire.

[01:17] I should have closed the windows then without delay,

[01:22] but instead I tried to beat out the flames with a folded newspaper.

[01:28] Whenthis failed I hastened into the kitchen to grab a bucket and fill it with water.

[01:36] At the same time I shouted to Barbara,

[01:40] who hurriedly dialled 999 to summon the fire brigade

[01:47] before coming to my aid.

[01:51] We had to work at top speed carrying buckets of water from the kitchen to prevent the flames,

[01:58] fanned by the breeze from the windows, from spreading.

[02:04] We were nable to extinguish the fire

[02:08] but we managed to keep it partially in check

[02:14] until the arrival of the firemen.

[02:18] Fortunately, they arrived promptly

[02:23] and they had little difficulty in putting out the flames.

[02:28] For most of the rest of the day we worked hard.

[02:34] Text two

[02:38] Mutual feelings

[02:42] Oh, look!

[02:46] It's snowing, Mrs. Smith!

[02:50] So it is!

[02:55] I can't remember when it last snowed.

[03:00] It snowed in April two years ago.

[03:06] It was Easterweek;

[03:10] I remember it well.

[03:14] Oh yes! So it did.

[03:19] It must have been the second week in April -

[03:25] my sister from Scotland was here at the time.

[03:31] What about the fire at the Williams' house lastSaturday!

[03:37] Did you see it?

[03:41] Yes. Terrible, wasn't it?

[03:48] The fire-engine woke me up at about three in the morning.

[03:54] They were lucky the whole house didn't burn down.

[04:00] Their living-room was in an awful mess next morning.

[04:06] Well, it serves them right.

[04:11] They were throwing another of those wild parties, weren't they?

[04:18] They must have been blind drunk;

[04:22] they should have been more careful.

[04:27] You know, I think they may have set fire to theplace on purpose -

[04:34] just to claim new furniture and carpets from the insurance company.

[04:42] I wouldn't be surprised at anything they did.

[04:48] I've always been suspicious of them,

[04:53] and the longer I know them

[04:57] the more I dislike them.

[05:02] I'm glad I didn't go to their party.

[05:07] Why didn't you go, Mrs. Jones?

[05:13] Well, we weren't invited actually,

[05:18] but I had to goto my sister's that evening anyway.

[05:24] We weren't invited either.

[05:29] I suspect that the longer they live here

[05:35] the less they like us too, Mrs. Jones.

[05:41] Text three

[05:45] Find the culprit

[05:49] Hello, Charles.

[05:53] I hear you had a bit of a fire afterthe party last week.

[05:58] Was there much damage?

[06:02] Well, fortunately we managed to confine all the damage to the one room,

so it wasn't too bad really.

[06:10] The carpets and curtains were ruined,

[06:14] and the walls and ceiling were blackened by smoke,

[06:20] so we had to redecorate the room completely.

[06:25] It must have been a cigarette-end, I suppose.

[06:29] Yes, that's for sure.

[06:33] Someone must have dropped a cigarette on the carpet near the big window,

[06:40] and after we'd gone the curtains caught fire.

[06:45] We ought to have checked everything before going to bed, I know,

[06:50] but we were so tired we decided to clear up in the morning.

[06:56] We shouldn't have left the windows open either.

[07:01] Have you any idea who the culprit was?

[07:05] It was very careless of someone.

[07:10] It might have been Ted Redman.

[07:14] He's a chain-smoker

[07:18] and he'd had one or two too many.

[07:23] It can't have been me anyway; I'm a non-smoker.

[07:28] But it may well have been old Bill Coleman.

[07:33] The more I think about it,

[07:37] the more I feel sure that he was standing by that window

most of the time towards the end of the party.

[07:44] So he was!

[07:48] And he's a careless sort of chap -

[07:52] he flicks his cigarette ash all over the place.

[07:57] And the more he drinks the worse he gets.

[08:02] Still, you can't very well accuse him of it -

[08:07] it could have been anyone.

[08:11] True.

[08:15] Besides, I can't complain;

[08:19] our room was repainted at the insurance company's expense.

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