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  • In my laboratory1 I made a body. I bought or stole all the pieces of human body that I needed, and slowly and carefully, I put them all together.

    I did not let anybody enter my laboratory or my flat while I was doing this awful work. I was afraid to tell anybody my terrible secret.

    I had wanted to make a beautiful man, but the face of the creature2 was horrible. Its skin was thin and yellow, and its eyes were as yellow as its skin. Its long black hair and white teeth were almost beautiful, but the rest of the face was very ugly.

    Its legs and arms were the right shape, but they were huge.I had to use big pieces because it was too difficult to join small pieces together. My creature was two and a half metres tall.

    For a year I had worked to make this creature, but now it looked terrible and frightening. I almost decided5 to destroy it.But I could not. I had to know if I could put life into it.

    I joined the body to the wires6 from my machine. More wires joined the machine to the mast. I was sure that my machine could use electricity8 from lightning9 to give life to the body. I watched and waited.Two days later I saw dark clouds in the sky, and I knew that a storm was coming. At about one o'clock in the morning the lightning came.My mast7 began to do its work immediately, and the electricity from the lightning travelled down the mast to my machine. Would the machine work?

    At first nothing happened. But after a few minutes I saw the creature's body begin to move.Slowly, terribly, the body came alive. His arms and legs began to move, and slowly he sat up.

    The dead body had been an ugly thing, but alive, he was much more horrible. Suddenly I wanted to escape11 from him. I ran out of the laboratory, and locked the door. I was filled with fear at what I had done.

    For hours I walked up and down in my flat. At last I lay down on my bed, and fell asleep. But my sleep was full of terrible dreams, and I woke up suddenly. The horrible3 thing that I had created was standing12 by my bed. His yellow eyes were looking at me; his mouth opened and he made strange sounds at me. On his yellow face there was an awful smile. One of his huge hands reached towards me…

    Before he could touch me, I jumped off the bed and ran downstairs into the garden. I stayed there all night, but I could not think clearly.I was afraid. And when morning came, I went out into the town and began to walk about.

    I did not notice where I was walking, but soon I came to the station. A train from Geneva had just arrived, and the passengers were leaving the station. One of them ran towards me when he saw me. It was my dear friend Henry Clerval.

    He was very pleased to see me. He took my hand and shook it warmly.

    ‘My dear Victor!’ he said.‘What a lucky chance that you are here at the station. Your father, and Elizabeth and the others, are very worried about you, because you have not visited them for a long time. They ask me to make sure that you are well. And I have very good news. My father has agreed to let me study at the university, so we shall13 be able to spend a lot of time together.’

    I was very happy to hear this news, and for a moment I for-got my fears.I took Henry back to my flat and asked him to wait outside while I went in to look. I was afraid that the creature was still there. But he had disappeared.At that time I did not think of other people, and what the creature could do to them.I took Henry into the flat and cooked a meal for us.But Henry noticed how thin I was,and that I was laughing too much and could not sit still.

    Suddenly he said:‘My dear Victor, what is the matter with you?Are you ill? Has something awful happened?’

    ‘Don't ask me that,’ I cried. I put my hands over my eyes.I thought I could see the horrible creature there in front of me. I pointed15 wildly across the room, and shouted:‘He can tell you. Save me! Save me!’ I tried to fight the creature,but there was nothing there. Then I fainted16 and fell to the floor.

    Poor Henry! I do not know what he thought. He called a doctor and they put me to bed. I was very ill for two months,and Henry stayed and looked after me. His loving care saved me from death.

    I wanted to go home and see my family as soon as possible.When I was well enough,I packed my clothes and books.All my luggage17 was ready, and I was feeling very happy when the postman arrived with some letters.One of the letters ended my short time of happiness.




















    1 laboratory [ləˈbɒrətri] P27xd   第5级
    • She has donated money to establish a laboratory. 她捐款成立了一个实验室。
    • Our laboratory equipment isn't perfect, but we must make do. 实验室设备是不够理想,但我们只好因陋就简。
    2 creature [ˈkri:tʃə(r)] Fz1xJ   第3级
    • Man is a sociable creature. 人是社会性的动物。
    • Snail is a small plant-eating creature with a soft body. 蜗牛是一种软体食草动物。
    3 horrible [ˈhɒrəbl] drazZt   第4级
    • This is a horrible monster. 这是一个可怕的怪物。
    • That is a horrible accident. 那是一次可怕的事故。
    4 frightening [ˈfraɪtnɪŋ] DhVxx   第3级
    • The task looks frightening. 看来这任务很吓人。
    • I think it's frightening rather than exciting. 刺激什么呀,我觉得太吓人了。
    5 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    6 wires ['waɪəz] cb333571817f5cf6aad99cb0bb634cd3   第3级
    n.金属丝( wire的名词复数 );电线;电报;金属丝编制的栏栅
    • The wires had short-circuited and burnt out. 电线短路,烧坏了。
    • That city has decided to do away with overhead wires. 那个城市决定取消架在空中的电线。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    7 mast [mɑ:st] TBqx1   第6级
    • Flags are flying at half-mast across China. 全中国将半旗。
    • The sails were flapping against the mast. 帆拍打着桅杆。
    8 electricity [ɪˌlekˈtrɪsəti] hqJx4   第3级
    • This room is lighted by electricity. 这个房间用电照明。
    • We use electricity to run machines. 我们使用电力来运行机器。
    9 lightning [ˈlaɪtnɪŋ] H1yxV   第3级
    • His eyes glared like lightning. 他的目光犹如一道闪电。
    • Lightning flashed during the storm. 暴风雨中闪电大作。
    10 immediately [ɪˈmi:diətli] RaWxh   第3级
    • I'll change it immediately for you. 我立刻给您换。
    • I immediately become happy again. 我立马就变的高兴起来了。
    11 escape [ɪˈskeɪp] Uijzi   第3级
    • We had to break the door out to escape from the fire. 我们不得不把门砸开以逃避火灾。
    • He didn't allow any word to escape his lips. 他守口如瓶。
    12 standing [ˈstændɪŋ] 2hCzgo   第8级
    • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing. 地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
    • They're standing out against any change in the law. 他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
    13 shall [ʃəl] lzFwQ   第3级
    • I shall always love you. 我将永远爱你。
    • Which club shall we join? 我们要参加哪个社团?
    14 disappeared [dɪsə'pɪəd] ccd27e1ada33c756eb39272e0d30fc1d   第3级
    v.不见,消失( disappear的过去式和过去分词 );不复存在;奭
    • The plane disappeared behind a cloud. 飞机消失在云层里。
    • He double-crossed the rest of the gang and disappeared with all the money. 他骗了其他同伙,携款潜逃了。
    15 pointed [ˈpɔɪntɪd] Il8zB4   第7级
    • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil. 他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
    • A safety pin has a metal covering over the pointed end. 安全别针在尖端有一个金属套。
    16 fainted [feɪntɪd] c2eab448cbba2182061cafe25a5e3c1d   第4级
    v.晕倒,昏倒( faint的过去式和过去分词 )
    • Facer has fainted; this bucket of water should fetch him round. 费塞昏过去了,这桶水可以使他苏醒过来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • She all but fainted when she heard the news. 听到那消息,她差点晕过去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    17 luggage [ˈlʌgɪdʒ] hAOxn   第3级
    • Have you packed your luggage? 你打包行李了吗?
    • Will you please keep an eye on my luggage? 劳驾帮我看一下行李。
    18 happiness ['hæpɪnəs] Ke3xG   第3级
    • I wish you the life of happiness and prosperity. 我祝你生活幸福、万事如意。
    • We all desire happiness and health. 我们都想得到幸福和健康。

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