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  • [11] The kindly1 customer hurried to the door to look, as anyone will. Struck with sudden inspiration, Miss Martha seized the occasion so opportunely2 offered. On the bottom shelf behind the counter was a pound of fresh butter left by the dairyman minutes before. With a bread knife Miss Martha quickly made a deep slash3 in each of the stale loaves, inserted a generous quantity of butter, and pressed the loaves tight again. When the gentleman turned back to the counter, she was tying the paper around them as usual.

    [12] When he had gone, after an unusually pleasant little chat, Miss Martha smiled to herself. She was pleased with her daring and generous impulse, but her heart was fluttering in anxiety. Had she been to bold? Would he take offense4? Surely he would not; there was no language of edibles5, and butter was no emblem6 of unmaidenly forwardness.

    [13] For a long time that day her mind dwelt on the imagined scene when he should discover her little deception7. Probably he would lay down his brushes and palette and stand by his easel with the picture he was painting--the perspective, of course, would be beyond criticism. Then he would prepare for his luncheon8 of dry bread and water; he would slice into the loaf--ah! Miss Martha blushed at the thought. Would he think of the hand that placed it there as he ate? Would he

    [14] The front door bell jangled viciously, interrupting the delightful9 speculations10. Miss Martha sighed and hurried to the front, because somebody was making a great deal of noise. Two men were standing11 before the showcase. One was a young man smoking a pipe (she had never seen him before), and the other was the kindly, poverty-stricken artist for whom her sympathetic heart had interceded12 only this morning.

    [15] He did not look or act like his usual self--his face was very red, his hat was on the back of his head, his hair was wildly rumpled13. He clenched14 his fists tightly and shook them ferociously15 at Miss Martha. At Miss Martha!

    [16] "Dummkopf!" he shouted with extreme loudness. He made a bass16 drum of Miss Martha's counter. "You haf shpoilt me," he cried, his blue eyes blazing angrily behind his spectacles. "I vill tell you, you vas von meddingsome old cat!"

    [17] Miss Martha leaned weakly against the showcase, one hand on her best blue-dotted silk shirtwaist as the pipe-smoking stranger gripped the shouting customer by the collar.

    [18] "Come on, you've said enough." He dragged the irate17 fellow to the door, and then he turned again to Miss Martha.

    [19] "Guess you ought to be told, ma'am-that's Blumberger. He's an architectural draftsman in the office where I work. He's been working hard for three months drawing a plan for a new city hall. He was going to enter it in a prize competition; he finished inking in the lines yesterday. You know, a draftsman always makes his drawing in pencil first, and when it's done he rubs out the pencil lines with stale bread crumbs18.

    [20] "Blumberger's been buying the bread here. Well, today--well, you know, ma'am, that butter isn't--well, Blumberger's plan isn't good for anything now."

    [21] Miss Martha Meacham went into the back room, took off the blue-dotted silk waist, and put on the old brown serge one; then she returned to sit before the counter.

     11级    心灵鸡汤 


    1 kindly [ˈkaɪndli] tpUzhQ   第8级
    • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable. 她的邻居都说她和蔼可亲、热情好客。
    • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman. 一道阴影掠过老太太慈祥的面孔。
    2 opportunely ['ɒpətju:nlɪ] d16f5710c8dd35714bf8a77db1d99109   第10级
    • He arrived rather opportunely just when we needed a new butler. 就在我们需要一个新管家的时候他凑巧来了。 来自互联网
    • Struck with sudden inspiration, Miss Martha seized the occasion so opportunely offered. 玛莎小姐此时灵机一动,及时地抓住了这个天赐良机。 来自互联网
    3 slash [slæʃ] Hrsyq   第7级
    • The shop plans to slash fur prices after Spring Festival. 该店计划在春节之后把皮货降价。
    • Don't slash your horse in that cruel way. 不要那样残忍地鞭打你的马。
    4 offense [əˈfens] HIvxd   第7级
    • I hope you will not take any offense at my words. 对我讲的话请别见怪。
    • His words gave great offense to everybody present. 他的发言冲犯了在场的所有人。
    5 edibles [ˈediblz] f15585c612ecc5e917a4d4b09581427a   第7级
    可以吃的,可食用的( edible的名词复数 ); 食物
    • They freely offered for sale what edibles they had. 他们很自愿地把他们的一点点可吃的东西卖给我们。
    • Our edibles the wild vegetable. 我们只能吃野菜。
    6 emblem [ˈembləm] y8jyJ   第10级
    • Her shirt has the company emblem on it. 她的衬衫印有公司的标记。
    • The eagle was an emblem of strength and courage. 鹰是力量和勇气的象征。
    7 deception [dɪˈsepʃn] vnWzO   第9级
    • He admitted conspiring to obtain property by deception. 他承认曾与人合谋骗取财产。
    • He was jailed for two years for fraud and deception. 他因为诈骗和欺诈入狱服刑两年。
    8 luncheon [ˈlʌntʃən] V8az4   第8级
    • We have luncheon at twelve o'clock. 我们十二点钟用午餐。
    • I have a luncheon engagement. 我午饭有约。
    9 delightful [dɪˈlaɪtfl] 6xzxT   第8级
    • We had a delightful time by the seashore last Sunday. 上星期天我们在海滨玩得真痛快。
    • Peter played a delightful melody on his flute. 彼得用笛子吹奏了一支欢快的曲子。
    10 speculations [ˌspekjəˈleɪʃənz] da17a00acfa088f5ac0adab7a30990eb   第7级
    n.投机买卖( speculation的名词复数 );思考;投机活动;推断
    • Your speculations were all quite close to the truth. 你的揣测都很接近于事实。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
    • This possibility gives rise to interesting speculations. 这种可能性引起了有趣的推测。 来自《用法词典》
    11 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。
    12 interceded [ˌɪntəˈsi:did] a3ffa45c6c61752f29fff8f87d24e72a   第11级
    v.斡旋,调解( intercede的过去式和过去分词 );说情
    • They interceded with the authorities on behalf of the detainees. 他们为被拘留者向当局求情。
    • He interceded with the teacher for me. 他为我向老师求情。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    13 rumpled [ˈrʌmpəld] 86d497fd85370afd8a55db59ea16ef4a   第11级
    v.弄皱,使凌乱( rumple的过去式和过去分词 )
    • She rumpled his hair playfully. 她顽皮地弄乱他的头发。
    • The bed was rumpled and strewn with phonograph records. 那张床上凌乱不堪,散放着一些唱片。 来自辞典例句
    14 clenched [klentʃd] clenched   第8级
    v.紧握,抓紧,咬紧( clench的过去式和过去分词 )
    • He clenched his fists in anger. 他愤怒地攥紧了拳头。
    • She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling. 她攥紧双手放在腿上,以掩饰其颤抖。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    15 ferociously [fə'rəʊʃəslɪ] e84ae4b9f07eeb9fbd44e3c2c7b272c5   第8级
    • The buck shook his antlers ferociously. 那雄鹿猛烈地摇动他的鹿角。
    • At intervals, he gritted his teeth ferociously. 他不时狠狠的轧平。
    16 bass [beɪs] APUyY   第10级
    • He answered my question in a surprisingly deep bass. 他用一种低得出奇的声音回答我的问题。
    • The bass was to give a concert in the park. 那位男低音歌唱家将在公园中举行音乐会。
    17 irate [aɪˈreɪt] na2zo   第12级
    • The irate animal made for us, coming at a full jump. 那头发怒的动物以最快的速度向我们冲过来。
    • We have received some irate phone calls from customers. 我们接到顾客打来的一些愤怒的电话
    18 crumbs [krʌmz] crumbs   第9级
    int. (表示惊讶)哎呀 n. 碎屑 名词crumb的复数形式
    • She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. 她站起身掸掉了毛衣上的面包屑。
    • Oh crumbs! Is that the time? 啊,天哪!都这会儿啦?

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