课文详注 Further notes on the text
1．After I had left a small village in the south of France, I drove on to the next town.在离开法国南部的一个小村庄后，我继续驶往下一个城镇。
Beijing is in the north of China.
He talked on until everybody had gone.
I was reading when my friend called. After he had gone, I went on to read.
2．I stopped and he asked me for a lift.我把车停下，他向我提出要求搭车。
Last night, I had to walk home. No one would give me a lift.
I was lucky today. I got a lift soon after I had left the village.
3．As soon as he had got into the car, I said good morning to him in French and he replied in the same language.他一上车，我就用法语向他问早上好，他也同样用法语回答我。
（1）表示时间的固定短语as soon as通常表示“一……就……”，即两个动词之间相隔时间非常短：
Tell him the news as soon as you meet him.
speak English/ French
That book is written in German.
He replied the question in English.
语法 Grammar in use
过去完成时(The simple past perfect tense)
过去完成时由 had+ 过去分词构成，它表示过去某时或某动作发生之前已经完成的动作或情况，即“较早的过去”。在用过去完成时态的句子中，常用的连词when, after, as soon as, until, by that time等：
When I woke up in the morning, she had already had her breakfast.
After he had said goodbye to us all, Captain Alison started his journey.
Did you really ring the police?
It was a mistake. I realized it as soon as I had rung them.
I didn't know that she was a famous actress until you had told me.
常与现在完成时连用的副词如already, just, never, never…before也常与过去完成时连用，以强调事件发生的先后次序：
The boys loved the zoo. They had never seen wild animals before.
The bus finally came. I had waited for 40 minutes.