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新概念英语第三册(美音版)A spot of bother

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Lesson 58
A spot of bother
一点儿小麻烦

Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
听录音,然后回答以下问题。
What did the old lady find when she got home?
The old lady was glad to be back at the block of flats where she lived. Her shopping had tired her and her basket ad grown heavier with every step of the way home. In the life her thoughts were on lunch and a good rest; but when she got out at her own floor, both were forgotten in her sudden discovery that her front door was open. She was thinking that she must reprimand her home help the next morning for such a monstrous piece of negligence, when she remembered that she had gone shopping after the home help had left and she knew that she had turned both keys in their locks, She walked slowly into the hall and at once noticed that all the room doors were open, yet following her regular practice she had shut them before going out. Looking into the drawing room, she saw a scene of confusion over by her writing desk. It was as clear as daylight then that burglars had forced an entry during her absence. Her first impulse was to go round all the rooms looking for the thieves, but then she decided that at her age it might be more prudent to have someone with her, so she went to fetch the porter from his basement. By this time her legs were beginning to tremble, so she sat down and accepted a cup of very strong tea, while he telephoned the police. Then, her composure regained, she was ready to set off with the porter's assistance to search for nay intruders who might still be lurking in her flat.
They went through the rooms, being careful to touch nothing, as they did not want to hinder the police in their search for fingerprints. The chaos was inconceivable. She had lived in the flat for thirty years and was a veritable magpie at hoarding; and it seemed as though everything she possessed had been tossed out and turned over and over. At least sorting out the things she should have discarded years ago was now being made easier for her. Then a police inspector arrived with a constable and she told them of her discovery of the ransacked flat. The inspector began to look for fingerprints, while the constable checked that the front door locks had not been forced, thereby proving that the burglars had either used skeleton keys or entered over the balcony. There was no trace of fingerprints, but the inspector found a dirty red bundle that contained jewellery which the old lady said was not hers. So their entry into this flat was apparently not the burglars' first job that day and they must have been disturbed. The inspector then asked the old lady to try to check what was missing by the next day and advised her not to stay alone in the flat for a few nights. The old lady though the was a fussy creature, but since the porter agreed with him, she rang up her daughter and asked for her help in what she described as a little spot of bother.
New words and expressions 生词和短语
lift
n. 电梯
monstrous
adj. 极大的,可怕的
negligence
n. 粗心大意
lurk
v. 潜藏
hinder
v. 妨碍
fingerprint
n. 指纹
chaos
n. 混乱,无秩序
inconceivable
adj. 不可思议的
veritable
adj. 真正的,地地道道的
magpie
n. 喜欢收藏物品的人
prudent
adj. 谨慎的
composure
n. 镇静,沉着
intruder
n. 入侵者(尤指欲行窃者)
toss
v. 扔
discard
v. 丢
discard
v. 丢弃
constable
n. 警察
ransack
v. 洗劫
balcony
n. 阳台
fussy
adj. 大惊小怪的,小题大作的

老妇人回到了她居住的公寓楼,心里很高兴。去商店买东西把她搞得筋疲力尽;在回家的路上,她每走一步,就感到手里的篮子又重了一点。她乘上电梯后,只想着午餐和好好休息一下。但她到自己的楼层走出电梯后,就把这两件事忘了个干净,因为她突然发现她家的大门开着。她心想明天上午一定要好好训斥那个干家务的帮手,她竟如此疏忽大意。但突然记起来了,帮手是在她出去买东西之前走的,她还记得曾用了两把钥匙把大门锁上了。她慢慢地走进前厅,立即发现所有的房门都敞开着,而她记得在出门买东西前,她按老规矩是把房门一一锁上的。她往起居室里看去,写字台边一片狼籍。事情很清楚,在她外出时,窃贼曾闯进家门。她第一个条件反射是各个房间搜寻一下窃贼,但转念一想,像她这个年纪,最好找个人一起去。于是她到地下室去找看门的人。这时她两腿累得开始发抖,于是坐了下来,喝了一杯浓茶。与此同时,看门的人给警察挂了电话。此刻老妇人也镇定了下来,准备在看门人的协助下搜寻可能仍躲藏在她房里的窍贼。 他俩搜遍这每一个房间,小心翼翼地不接触任何东西,因为他们怕妨碍警察寻找指纹。房间里的紊乱状况是无法想像的。老妇人在这套公寓里住了30年,她又是个名副其实的收藏家。看来她的每一件东西都被翻了出来,并且被里里外外看了遍。这样一来,她倒是容易将那些几年前就该扔掉的东西找出来了。过了一会儿,一位巡官带着一名警察来了。她向他们讲述了发现公寓遭劫的经过。巡官开始搜寻指纹,警察经检查发现大门锁头并无撬过的迹象。由此可以证明,窍贼或者是用万能钥匙,或者是翻越阳台进来的。巡官没有发现指纹,却发现了一个装有珠宝的、肮脏的红包袱。老妇人说那不是她的。很明显,闯进这套公寓的窃贼那天并不是首次作案,而且他一定受了惊吓。巡官请老妇人在次日之前设法查清丢了些什么,并劝她几夜之内不要独自一人在公寓过夜。老妇人觉得巡官大惊小怪,但既然看门人也同意他的意见,她只得打电话向女儿求援,说她碰到了一点儿小麻烦。

◆lift n. 电梯
elevator

◆monstrous adj. 极大的,可怕的
monstrous ghost

◆negligence n. 粗心大意
carelessness 比其正式
Eg: We must be careful otherwise we would get into trouble because of negligence.

◆prudent adj. 谨慎的
discreet / careful / cautious

◆composure n. 镇静,沉着
calm

◆intruder n. 入侵者(尤指欲行窃者)
intrud
burglar

◆lurk v. 潜藏
lurk in the darkness

◆hinder v. 妨碍
hinder sb. from doing sth. / prevent sb. from doing sth.

◆fingerprint n. 指纹
◆chaos n. 混乱,无秩序
in state of chaos
order / disorder
confusion
conceive

◆inconceivable adj. 不可思议的
conceive
conceivable
conceive of
Eg: I can’t conceive of it.
conceive of sth. as
Eg: I conceive of the life there as beautiful picture.
regard as / describe as / imagine as / refer to ... as / think of ... as
conceivable / inconceivable
◆◆veritable adj. 真正的,地地道道的

◆magpie n. 喜欢收藏物品的人
collector
magpie: a person who likes to collect things as mania or serious hobby.
Eg: Let us toss a coin to decide.

◆toss v. 扔
◆discard v. 丢弃
abandon / desert / forsake
discard: give up as useless
discard useless things
discard sth. for
discard a for b

◆constable n. 警察
◆ransack v. 洗劫
Eg: The robbers ransack the bank.
◆balcony n. 阳台
◆fussy adj. 大惊小怪的,小题大作的
Eg:You are a fussy person.
Read:本课重点词
●monstrous adj. 极大的,可怕的
●negligence n. 粗心大意
●prudent adj. 谨慎的
●hinder v. 妨碍
●chaos n. 混乱,无秩序
●inconceivable adj. 不可思议的
●toss v. 扔
●discard v. 丢弃
●ransack v. 洗劫
●fussy adj. 大惊小怪的,小题大作的

A spot of bother: A bit of bother

L58-01 end 9’11”

L58-02 begin 12’29”
背熟:Her shopping had tired her and her basket ad grown heavier with every step of the way Home.
exhausted / tired out / worn out / wear out
Her basket had grown heavier and heavier
Eg: Having a lesson tired me and my school bag had grown heavier with every step of the way Home.

背熟:In the lift her thoughts were on lunch and a good rest
in the lift she thought about her lunch and a good rest.
her thoughts 作主语
thoughts ... on
Eg: I didn’t notice you at that time because my thoughts were on the textbook.
Your thoughts must be on them.

背熟:but when she got out at her own floor, both were forgotten in her sudden discovery that her front door was open.
in the belief that (L53)
Public officials can make mistakes or act over-zealously in the belief that they are serving the public.

for such a monstrous piece of negligence

negligence 不可数名词
a piece of negligence

when: at the moment

背熟:following her regular practice she had shut them before going out.

confusion: chaos

背熟:It was as clear as daylight
Eg: He is as stubbom as a mule.
You are as poor as a church mouse.

obviously

背熟:Her first impulse was to go round all the rooms looking for the thieves

regain: recover 恢复

L58-02 end 12’29”

L58-03 begin 11’38”
she was ready to set off to search for any intruders who might still be lurking in her flat with the porter’s assistance.

go through: search

as though : as if

背熟:At least sorting out the things she should have discarded years ago was now being made easier for her.
forced: broken

背熟:there was no trace of sth.
bundle: parcel
a bundle of hay

entry WTO
apparently: obviously
creature: living thing

in her sudden discovery that...
in the belief that
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