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60 Too early and too late 太早和太晚 (2分钟)

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摘要: ./xingainian3/L_60.mp3 Passage 60 Too early and too late 太早和太晚1.Punctuality is a necessary habit in all public affairs in civilized society.2.Without it, nothing could ever be brought to a conclu ...
Passage 60 Too early and too late   太早和太晚
1.Punctuality is a necessary habit in all public affairs in civilized society.
2.Without it, nothing could ever be brought to a conclusion; everything would be in state of chaos.
3.Only in a sparsely-populated rural community is it possible to disregard it.
4.In ordinary living, there can be some tolerance of unpunctuality.
5.The intellectual, who is working on some abstruse problem, has everything coordinated and organized for the matter in hand.
6.He is therefore forgiven if late for a dinner party.
7.But people are often reproached for unpunctuality when their only fault is cutting things fine.
8.It is hard for energetic, quick-minded people to waste time, so they are often tempted to finish a job before setting out to keep an appointment.
9.If no accidents occur on the way, like punctured tires, diversions of traffic, sudden descent of fog, they will be on time.
10.They are often more industrious, useful citizens than those who are never late.
11.The over-punctual can be as much a trial to others as the unpunctual.
12.The guest who arrives half an hour too soon is the greatest nuisance.
13.Some friends of my family had this irritating habit.
14.The only thing to do was ask them to come half an hour later than the other guests.
15.Then they arrived just when we wanted them.
16.If you are citing a train, it is always better to be comfortably early than even a fraction of a minted too late.
17.Although being early may mean wasting a little time, this will be less than if you miss the train and have to wait an hour or more for the next one; and you avoid the frustration of arriving at the very moment when the train is drawing out of the station and being unable to get on it.
18.An even harder situation is to be on the platform in good time for a train and still to see it go off without you.
19. Such an experience befell a certain young girl the first time she was traveling alone.
20.She entered the station twenty minutes before the train was due, since her parents had impressed upon her that it would be unforgivable to miss it and cause the friends with whom she was going to stay to make two journeys to meet her.
21. She gave her luggage to a porter and showed him her ticket.
22.To her horror he said that she was two hours too soon.
23.She felt inhere handbag for the piece of paper on which her father had written down al the details of the journey and gave it to the porter.
24.He agreed that a train did come into the station at the time on the paper and that it did stop, but only to take on mail, not passengers.
25.The girl asked to see a timetable, feeling sure that her father could not have made such a mistake.
26.The porter went to fetch one and arrive back with the station master, who produced it with a flourish and pointed out a microscopic 'o' beside the time of the arrival of the train at his station; this little 'o' indicated that the train only stopped for mail.
27. Just as that moment the train came into the station.
28.The girl, tears streaming down her face, begged to be allowed to slip into the guard's van.
29.But the station master was adamant: rules could not be broken and she had to watch that train disappear towards her destination while she was left behind.
New words and expressions 生词和短语
punctuality    准时
necessary     必然的,必须的
habit         习惯
affairs        活动,事情(复数)
civilized      文明的
society       社会
brought       得出(过去式)
conclusion     结论
state          境地
chaos         混乱
sparsely-populated 人口稀少的
rural          农村的
community     团体,社区
disregard 不顾,无视(过去式) 
ordinary        日常的
tolerance       容忍
unpunctuality    不守时
intellectual   知识分子
abstruse       深奥的
coordinated    协调(过去式)
organized      组织(过去式)
matter         事情
therefore          因此
forgiven          原谅
reproached     责备(过去式)
unpunctuality  不守时
fault           错误
cutting         掐时间
energetic       精力充沛的
quick-minded    头脑敏捷的
tempted to      有兴趣(过去式)
setting out     外出
appointment      约定
accidents   事故(复数)
occur       发生
punctured   刺破(轮胎)(过去式)
tyres       轮胎(复数)
diversions  改道,绕道
sudden      突发的
descent     下降
on time     按时
industrious  勤奋的
citizens    公民(复数)
over-punctual  早到的
trial         讨厌的事,人
unpunctual    不准时的
arrives      到达
nuisance    讨厌的人
irritating 令人恼火的
habit      习惯
ask        让
later      晚些
arrived    到达(过去式)
wanted     要求(过去式)
catching      赶
comfortably   舒服的
early         早
fraction       稍微
although    虽然   
wasting     浪费
less than   少于
miss        错过
avoid       避免
frustration 沮丧
arriving    到达
drawing out 启动
unable to   不能够
get on      坐上
harder       困难的
situation    情况
platform     月台
go off       离去
experience    经历
befell        发生
certain       某个
entered    进入(过去式)
due        进站
impressed  强调(过去式)
unforgivable 不可原谅
cause        因为
luggage  行李
porter   搬运工
horror   吃惊的
details  细节
porter   搬运工
agreed   表明(过去式)
mail     邮件
passengers 乘客
timetable  时刻表
such       这样的
mistake    错误
fetch     拿着
station master 站长
produced   规定的(被动语态)
flourish   挥舞(打手劳)
microscopic 微小的
arrival     到达
indicated   表明(过去式)
came into   进入(过去式)
tears streaming  泪流满面
begged    乞求(过去式)
allowed   允许(过去式)
slip      溜进
van       车厢
adamant     坚定的,不动摇的
rules       规定
disappear   消失
towards     朝向
destination 目的地
left behind 撇下(过去式)





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