"It's only me'
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
What did the man expect to find under the stairs?
After her husband had gone to work. Mrs. Richards sent her children to school and went upstairs to her bedroom. She was too excited to do any housework that morning, for in the evening she would be going to a fancy-dress part with her husband. She intended to dress up as a ghost and as she had made her costume the night before, she was impatient to try it on. Though the costume consisted only of a sheet, it was very effective. After putting it on, Mrs. Richards went downstairs. She wanted to find out whether it would be comfortable to wear.
Just as Mrs. Richards was entering the dinning room, there was a knock on the front door. She knew that it must be the baker. She had told him to come straight in if ever she failed to open the door and to leave the bread on the kitchen table. Not wanting to frighten the poor man, Mrs. Richards quickly hid in the small storeroom under the stairs. She heard the front door open and heavy footsteps in the hall. Suddenly the door of the storeroom was opened and a man entered. Mrs. Richards realized that it must be the man from the Electricity Board who had come to read the metre. She tried to explain the situation, saying 'It's only me', but it was too late. The man let out cry and jumped back several paces. When Mrs. Richards walked towards him, he fled, slamming the door behind him.
New words and expressions 生词和短语
flee (fled, fled)
理查兹夫人等丈夫上班走后，把孩子送去上学，然后来到楼上自己的卧室。那天上午，她兴奋得什么家务活都不想做，因为晚上她要同丈夫一起参加一个化装舞会。 她打算装扮成鬼的模样。头天晚上她已把化装服做好，这时她急于想试试。尽管化装服仅由一个被单制成，却十分逼真。理查兹夫人穿上化装服后下了楼，想看穿起 来是否舒服。 理查兹夫人刚刚走进餐厅，前门就传来敲门声。她知道来了一定面包师。她曾告诉过面包师，如果她不去开门，他可直接进门，把面包放在厨房的桌上。理查兹夫人 不想吓唬这个可怜人，便赶紧躲到了楼梯下的小储藏室里。她听见前门被打开，走廊里响起重重的脚步声。突然贮藏门开了，一个男人走了进来。理查兹夫人这才想 到一定是供电局来人查电表了。她说了声“是我，别怕！”然后想进行一番解释，但已来不及了。那人大叫了一声，惊退了几步。理查兹夫人朝他走去，只见他 “砰”的一声关上门逃走了。
costume ball: 化妆舞会
== be made up of
be composed of ---强调有什么成分所组成
Water is composed of oxygen and hydrogen
constitute ---- 由部分构成整体
G.B and Northern Ireland constitute The United Kingdom.
The committee consists of 10 members.
= Ten members constitute the committee.
Our class consists of 100 students.
== Our class is made up of more than 100 students.
The United Kingdom consists of G.B and Northern Ireland.
== The United Kingdom comprises G.B and Northern Ireland.
The house consists of six rooms.
The costume is quite effective.
His words was effective.
What our parents do is influential to children.
The drug is efficaious
Their experiment is fruitful.
In spite of discomforts he is determined to stay here.
★flee (fled, fled)
The people fled in panic when the bull got loose.
He was able to escape from the house.
I am sorry your name escaped me.
They tried to escape death.
slam the door
too ... to：太...而不能
not/never too ... to: 并不太...所以能够
One is never too old to learn 活到老，学到老。
The question is not too difficult for me to answer.
They are all too satisfied to work with you.
I am only too glad to have someone to speak to.
He was but too eager to get home.
fancy-dress paty = costume party
intended to = mean to:有什么打算，意图
dress up as: 化妆成为
the night before: 前一个晚上（以过去的某一个时间为基准点)
last night: 昨天晚上（以现在为基准点）
The night before she got everything ready.
she was impatient(eager,anxious) to try it on.
be impatient to do sth: 急于要做某事，迫不及待
try on :试穿
After putting it on: 穿上以后
The book is difficult to read.
The dress is easy to wash.
Your handwriting is easy to recognize.
It would be comfortable(for her)to wear
It is easy for me to read
The music is sweet to hear.
The machine needs repairing.
The dictionary is worth buying.
The book is worth reading.
The house is under construction
The puma is under control
The problem is under discussion
The thief is under arrest.
The airport came into use again.
came into use: 不及物动词短语
Our time has already gone to use.(浪费掉，付诸东流)
She is respectable person.(被尊敬的人)
This is a returnable bottle.
"由...所组成": consist of,comprise本身表达被动概念，结构形式为主动
there was a knock on the front door: 有人敲门
come in :进来
if even --- ever 用于条件句，表示任何时候，任何场合
If ever you see George give him my best regards.
When ever he is in trouble I'll be on the spot.
Not wanting ……分词的否定结构形式，做原因状语
Not wanting to make her nervous,the doctor didn't fully explain the seriousness of condition.
= The doctor,not wanting to make her nervous,didn't fully explain the seriousness of her condition.
read the metre; 查电表
let out a cry: 大叫了一声
＝utter/give a cry
jump back several paces 后退了好几步
She wanted to know whether that costume was comfortable to wear.
take sb.in 使某人信以为真，让某人上当
At that moment,she was dressed up as a ghost.She didn't want to frighten the poor man,She hid as quickly as possible in the small storeroom under the stairs.
At that moment,she hadn't put on the costume.
...not wanting to frighten the poor man.
see sb.do sth看见某人做某事
at the very moment 就在此刻
as long as/so long as 用来引导条件句，表示只要
You can go out as long as you pormise to be back before 11 o'clock
only when 引导时间状语从句
I don't want to miss seeing that film on television tongight
forgot to do sth表示忘记去做某事
Yesterday ,I forgot to lock the door.
succeed in doing sth.表示成功做了某事
If you happen to pass the baker's,pick me up a brown loaf,would you?
If you happen to finish the work early give me a ring.
What are the temperature readings for the week?
take a metre-reading 读电表上的数字
What's your waist measurement?
regulation 调节；regulation of body heat体温调节
let out 发出；give
shout to sb 对某人高声喊
shout at sb.对某人大喊大叫
Don't shout at the elders.