Lesson 14 The Way Home 回家的路
It seemed like a long ascent to the top. The mountain appreared barren, as though it had suffered through many years of arid climate. I had no idea why I have to climbing this mountain. All I could recall was that I had been reading a fascinating artical about climbing. But with my arthritis, how could I possibly make it to the top?
Despite my confusion, I ascended the mountain. After what seemed like an hour, I stumbled across a small artificial structure. It was hidden behind a large rocks. I was shocked to discover that it was an arsenal containing an array of antiquated armor and armament. All of it appeared to be handmade, probably by a 17th century artisan. It was a bit scray, so I left quickly and continued my acsent.
Further up, I ran into a man dressed like an aristocrat. He was articulating some kind of ancient arithmetic. His presence aroused my curiosity. I asked him what he was doing on the mountain. He rudely responded,"don't you know where you are?" What an arrogant man, I thought to myself.
After what felt like another hour, I spotted a small cave. I found an old monk living inside. Foolishly, I offered him some wine. I should have known that monks practice asceticism. But he wasn't offended. He simply smile and said,"I am indeed an ascetic person."
I told the monk that I was tired and missed my home."Open your eyes" he whispered."You are already home."
Suddenly, I began to hear the sound of my favorite aria. I could sense the aroma of a familiar aromatic substance. It was followed by a familiar voice.
"Wake up" my wife said. "Here's your coffee! You're late for work."
aria n. 独唱曲，咏唱调
arid adj. 干旱的
aristocrat n. 贵族
arithmetic n. 算术
armament n. 军备，武器
armor n. 装甲;装甲车
aroma n. 香气，芬芳，芳香
aromatic adj. 芬芳的
arouse vt. 刺激，激起;唤醒
array n. 展示，陈列;一系列 an array of 一系列
arrogant adj. 傲慢的，自大的
arsenal n. 兵工厂，军械库
arthritis n. 关节炎
article n. 论文，文章;物品，条款
articulate vt. 清楚的讲话，清晰的发音
artificial adj. 人造的，人工的;虚假的，矫揉造作的
artisan n. 手工业工人，手艺人
ascend vi. (渐渐的)升高，上升
ascent n. 攀登，上升
ascetic n. 苦行者，禁欲者;adj. 禁欲的，苦行的
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