二、【New words and expressions】生词和短语
●assume v. 假定，认为
■credulous adj. 轻信的 (修饰人)
credible: 可信的，可靠的 （修饰事物）
Eg: The story he told us is credible.
Eg; He demanded for believable explanation
■improbable adj. 不大可能的
■obscure adj. 不起眼的
Eg: The bus stopped at an obscure little town
An obscure figure can be seen through the fog.
■maidservant n. 女仆，女佣
■presume v. 假定
presume: 假定 (根据过去的经验和感觉作出决断)
assume : 武断的，把尚未证实的作为依据，与事实不相符合
Eg: Let us assume that your words are fact
suppose : 最普通的用词，猜想、陈述自己的看法
Eg: I suppose that it was my fault.
■wickedly adv. 心眼坏地，居心叵测地
■plot v. 密谋
The criminals were plotting to rob the bank.
The man is scheme for power.
■downfall n. 倒台，垮台
■naïve adj. 天真的
■unacceptable adj. 不能接受的
■conspire v. （事件）巧合促成
The weather and car trouble conspire to spoil our vacation.
■incredible adj. 难以置信的
■resemblance n. 相似
bear a strong resemblance to sb. or sth.
The girl bears a strong resemblance to her sister.
such a resemblance
The two envents which happened at the same time have got similarity
similar to sth. or sb.
They have got close likeness.
■scorn n. 嘲弄，挖苦
pour scorn on
pour contempt on
pour ridicule on 对……嘲弄，挖苦，斥之以鼻
Eg: He poured scorn on his wife’s suggestion.
look down upon / think scorn of 藐视
Eg: His suggestion was dismissed with scorn.
His face showed the scorn he felt.
■acquaint v. 使了解
be acquainted with sth. 对……有所了解
acquaint sb. with sth. / acquaint sb. of sth. 告之某人某事
make a person acquainted with sb. 介绍某人同另一个人认识
Let me make ... acquainted with you (正式用法)
acquaintance n. 熟人
■reunite v. 使团聚
■assume v. 假定，认为
It is a chance in a million to meet you here.
He let out a scream that must can be heard in Peru.
We are less credulous than we used to be.
We are not so honest as we used to be.
谓语动词是be动词的时候用used to be,而不用used to
He works less hard than he used to.
bring sth to a conclusion 结束 == bring sth to a close(更正式)
comment on sth 就……作出评论，评价-- remark on
Hans explained how it was that he was still alive.
Eg: I can’t explain how it is that he is still here.
make one’s way
become of ==happen to 发生遭遇，不幸的事件，多用于疑问句，主语必须是what / whatever
Eg: Whatever became of that girl?
Please explain what became of you yesterday.
Eg: They decided to bring the meeting to a conclusion.
It was ... who brought meeting to a close.
present sb with sth. 向某人提供了……== present sth to sb.
who was presumed dead, was really alive all the time and wickedly plotting to bring about the hero's downfall.
bring about 产生，影响
Modern science has brought about great changes in life.
find such naive solutions totally unacceptable
find sth. interesting 觉得某事有趣
find sth. beautiful 觉得某物漂亮
Mrs Bussman commented on the workman's close resemblance to her husband and even suggested that he might be his