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L57 Back in the old country

发布者: 淡淡的才好 | 发布时间: 2010-10-3 10:22| 查看数: 946| 评论数: 2|



Lesson 57 Back in the old country


  I stoped (stopped)to let the car cooll off and to study the map.I had expected to be near my objective by now, but everything still seemed alien to me . I was (only)five when my father had taken me abroad,and that was eighteen years ago.When my mother had died after a tragic accident ,he did not quickly recover from the shock and loneliness. Everything aroundhim was full of her presence , continuely(continually) reopening the wound. So he decided to emigrate . In the new country ,he became absorbed in making the(a)new life for the two of us,so that he gradually ceased to grieve.He did not marry again and I was broght up without a woman's care,(;)but I lacked for nothing, for he was both father and mother to me.He always meant to go back one day ,but not to stay.His roots and mine had become too firmly embedded in the new land.But he wanted to see the old folk and to (visit)my mother's grave.He became mortally ill a few months before we had planned to go and ,when he knew that he was dying,he made me promise to go on my own. (Oct.3rd,2010 10.22AM)
I hired a car the day after landing and bought a map of books( comprehensive book of maps),which I found very(most) helpful on the cross-country journey,but which I did not think I should need on the last stage. It was not that I actually remembered anything at all.But my father had described over and over again what we should see at every milestone,after leaving the nearest town,so that I was positive I should recognize it as familiar territory .Well,I had been wrong,for I was now lost.
I looked at the map and (then)at the milometer .I had come ten miles since leaving the town,and at this point ,according to my father,I should be looking at farms and cottages in a valley,with the spire of the church of our village showing in the far distance. I could see no valley,no farms,no cottages and nochurch spire-- only a lake. I decided that I must have taken a wrong turning somewhere.So I drove back to the town and (began to )retrace the route ,taking frequent glances at the map.I landed up at the same corner.The curious thing was that the lake was not marked on the map.I felt as if I had stumbled into a nightmare country ,as you sometimes do in dreams.And ,as in a nightmare,there was nobody in sight to help me .Fortunately for me, (as ) I was wondering what to do next,there appeared on the horizon a man on the(X-0) horseback ridding (riding) in my direction.I waited till he came near,then I asked him the way to our old village.He said (that) there was now no village.I thought that (X-0) he must havemisunderstood me ,so I repeated its name.This time he pointed to the lake.The village no longer existed because it had been submerged , and all the valley too.The lake was not a natural one ,but a man-made reservoir.(Oct.4th, 2010 21.46PM)

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淡淡的才好 发表于 2010-10-3 10:34:47
Oct.3rd,2010 10.22AM
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Today is the third day of this National Day,had no special thing to do,I have recited the first para.
Any habit can be developed through an interest.
I write down every record to “add oil” to me~
淡淡的才好 发表于 2010-10-4 22:00:05
Oct.4th,2010 21.46PM
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To my surprise, I can recite and write from memory more quickly ,easily and smoothlythan before.
I am so cofident for finishing every L, encourage myself.
The end of L 57.
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