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[初二]The cost of fitting in
作者:21ST    来源:21世纪学生英文报·初二版第284期     日期: 2010-08-17
The cost of fitting in
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IT was my first day in Miss Hargrove''s seventh grade class. I was very anxious to fit in. After the teacher introduced me to the class, I put on a smile and took my seat.

Lunchtime was a pleasant surprise when the girls all crowded around my table. They were friendly, so I began to relax. My new classmates told me about the school, the teachers and the other kids. They pointed out the class nerd (书呆子): Mary Lou. She was a pretty girl with dark eyes and olive skin (橄榄色皮肤), but she wore a long skirt and an old-fashioned blouse. The girls giggled (咯咯笑) as Mary Lou walked by. She ate alone.

After school, the girls invited me to join them in front of the school. We waited. Then Mary Lou came down the school steps. The girls started making fun of her. I paused, then joined right in. Mean words fell from my lips. No one could tell I''d never done this before. The other girls started cheering for me. I pulled on Mary Lou''s backpack and then pushed her. Her backpack broke. She fell. Everyone was laughing. I fit in.

I was not proud. If you''ve ever picked a wing off a butterfly, you know how I felt.

Mary Lou got up, gathered her books and left without saying anything.

I turned to leave with my laughing friends and noticed a man standing beside his car. He must have been Mary Lou''s father — he had the same olive skin, dark hair and handsome features (容貌). He watched the lonely girl walk toward him. His eyes shone with sadness and pride. As I passed, he looked at me in silence with burning tears that reminded me of my shame.

I never again hurt someone for my own gain.

Key words

anxious adj. 焦急的 (worried, uneasy)

I''m very anxious about the coming exams.

pause v. 暂停 (stop for a short time in action or speech)

Let''s pause for a cup of coffee.

mean adj. 不友善的(unkind)

It''s mean of you to say such a thing.

gain n. 利益(increase in wealth; advantage)

No pain, no gain. 不劳无获。

Useful phrases

fit in 适应

He''s never done this type of work before; I''m not sure how he''ll fit in.

point out 指出

Please point out the mistakes in the student''s essay.

Sentence bank

释义:难听的话从我嘴里蹦了出来。没人看得出来我以前从没说过这样的话。

词汇:tell v. 判断。tell A from B 把A和B区别出来;tell apart 区别。

You can tell from his face that he''s very tired.

释义:如果你曾折断过蝴蝶的翅膀,你会知道我的感觉。

赏析:本句运用类比的修辞手法,形象表达出作者无比愧疚的心情。

释义:他的眼里闪耀着悲哀与尊严。

赏析:女孩的父亲看到她受到嘲弄,心里很难过,但他是个有尊严有教养的人,他没有勃然大怒。此时他的沉默比谩骂和殴打都更有力量。

释义:当我从他身边走过的时候,他默默地看着我,他眼里闪烁的泪花提醒着我的耻辱。

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文中的作者为了让自己被同学接受,加入到了欺凌弱小的行列,是女孩父亲凌厉的眼神给了他深刻的教训:无端伤害别人就如同折断蝴蝶的翅膀一样耻辱。

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