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[初二]Love in drops of water
作者:21ST    来源:21世纪学生英文报·初二版第291期     日期: 2010-02-02
词数 300 建议阅读时间 9分钟

IT was one of the hottest days of the dry season. It hadn''t rained in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. If it didn''t rain soon, we would lose everything. .

I was making lunch when I saw my 6-year old son, Billy, walking very slowly toward the woods. Minutes later he came running out again, toward the house. Soon after, I saw him walking toward the woods again. This went on for an hour. Finally I crept out of the house and followed him.

Billy cupped both hands in front of him as he walked, careful not to spill the water he carried. Branches slapped (拍打) his face but he kept walking into the woods. Then I saw an amazing sight. Several large deer stood in front of him. Billy walked right up to them. I saw a baby deer lying on the ground. It was dying of thirst, and it lifted its head with great effort to drink the water in my boy''s hands.

When the water was gone, Billy ran back to the house. I followed him to the tap. Billy opened it and a small trickle (涓涓细流) came out. He knelt there, letting the drips (水滴) slowly fill up his “cup”.

Now I understood what was going on. The week before, he tried giving water to our horses but I told him not to waste water. Now when he stood up and turned, I was there in front of him. His eyes filled with tears. “I''m not wasting,” he said. I joined him with a small pot of water from the kitchen. I let him walk to the baby deer alone while I stood at the edge of the woods. As tears rolled down my face, they were suddenly joined by other drops...and more drops...as if the sky itself were weeping (落泪).

Key words

creep v. 爬行,缓慢移动(move with the body close to the ground or move slowly)

The dog crept under the car to hide.

spill v. 溢出,洒落(run over or fall out of a container)

The coffee is so full that it might spill.

kneel v. 跪下,跪着 (rest, fall, or support oneself on one''s knees)

He knelt down to comfort the baby.

waste v. 浪费(use sth needlessly)

Don''t waste your time playing computer games.

Useful phrases

cup one''s hands 把双手捧起来

You can cup your hands together to hold the water from the river.

Sentence bank

释义:要是短期内再不下雨,我们就会失去一切。

语法:本句为虚拟语气,表示与实际相反,注意句中时态。

If you didn''t do your homework, you would fail the test.

释义:比利双手在身前窝成了杯状走着,小心翼翼地尽量不把手里的水洒出去。

语法:not to do 为不定式否定式。

She speaks very politely in order not to annoy anyone.

释义:一只小鹿正饱受饥渴之苦。它吃力地抬起头,舔我儿子手中的水喝。

表达:be dying of 表示将死于……。 die of一般死于疾病、饥饿等。

Many people die of cancer these days.

释义:当泪珠滑过我的脸,突然有其他水滴加进来,并且越来越多。好像上苍也落泪了。

表达:as if 好像,似乎。

It looks as if he is hungry.

Share your thoughts

在自己为难之时,还要帮助奄奄一息的小鹿,小比利善良的心闪耀着熠熠光辉。故事启示着我们:不管给人的帮助是大是小,是多是少,我们都应该毫不犹豫地去做。

21ST



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