暑假必读的新概念美文: 开往威斯特海温的快车

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编辑点评: 2015年暑假已经开始,你的暑假打算如何度过呢?暑假这段时间,一定不要虚度,不妨读些新概念美文。即能提高英语成绩,丰富词汇量又非常有趣。下面就是小编为大家准备的非常有趣的新概念美文。

一、【Text】课文

We have learnt to expect that trains will be punctual. After years of conditioning, most of us have developed an unshakable faith

in railway timetables. Ships may be delayed by storms; air flights may be cancelled because of bad weather; but trains must be

on time. Only an exceptionally heavy snow fall might temporarily dislocate railway services. It is all too easy to blame the

railway authorities when something does go wrong. The truth is that when mistakes occur, they are more likely to be ours than

theirs.

After consulting my railway timetable, I noted with satisfaction that there was an express train to Westhaven. It went direct from

my local station and the journey lasted a mere hour and seventeen minutes. When I boarded the train, I could not help noticing

that a great many local people got on as well. At the time, this did not strike me as odd. I reflected that there must be a great

many people besides myself who wished to take advantage of this excellent service. Neither was I surprised when the train

stopped at Widley, a tiny station a few miles along the line. Even a mighty express train can be held up by signals. But when the

train dawdled at station after station, I began to wonder. It suddenly dawned on me that this express was not roaring down the

 

line at ninety miles an hour, but barely chugging along at thirty. One hour and seventeen minutes passed and we had not even

covered half the distance. I asked a passenger if this was the Westhaven Express, but he had not even heard of it. I determined to

lodge a complaint as soon as we arrived. Two hours later, I was talking angrily to the station master at Westhaven. When he

denied the train's existence, I borrowed his copy of the timetable. There was a note of triumph in my voice when I told him that it

was there in black and white. Glancing at it briefly, he told me to look again. A tiny asterisk conducted me to a footnote at the

bottom of the page. It said: 'This service has been suspended.'

二、【New words and expressions】生词和短语

●express n. 快车;adj. 高速的

●punctual adj. 准时的;

●condition v. 使习惯于

●unshakable adj. 不可动摇的

●faith n. 信任

●cancel v. 取消

●exceptionally adv. 例外地

●dislocate v. 打乱(计划等)

●blame v. 责怪

●consult v. 请教,查阅

●direct adv. 径直地

●odd adj. 奇怪的,异常的

●reflect v. 细想

●advantage n. 优势

●mighty adj. 强大的,有力的

●dawdle v. 慢吞吞的动或做

●chug v. 咔嚓咔嚓地响

●lodge v. 提出

●comlaint n. 抱怨

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