Mrs. Anne Sterling did not think of the risk she was taking when she ran through a forest after two men. They had rushed up to her while she was having a picnic at the edge of a forest with her children and tried to steal her handbag. In the struggle, the strap broke and, with the bag in their possession, both men started running through the trees. Mrs. Sterling got so angry that she ran after them. She was soon out of breath, but she continued to run. When she caught up with them, she saw that they had sat down and were going through the contents of the bag, so she ran straight at them. The men got such a fright that they dropped the bag and ran away. 'The strap needs mending,' said Mrs. Sterling later, 'but they did not steal anything.'
1. Mrs. Anne Sterling did not think of the r_____ she was t_____ when she ran through a forest after two men.
2. They had rushed up to her while she was having a picnic at the e____ of a forest with her children and tried to s____ her handbag.
3. In the s_____, the strap broke and, with the bag in their p_____, both men started running through the trees.
4. Mrs. Sterling got so angry that she ran after them.
5. She was soon out of b____, but she continued to run.
6. When she caught up with them, she saw that they had sat down and were going through the c_____ of the bag, so she ran straight at them.
7. The men got such a f_____ that they dropped the bag and ran away.
8. 'The strap needs m______,' said Mrs. Sterling later, 'but they did not steal anything.'
Persistence produces miracles!
After reading an article entitled 'Cigarette Smoking and Your Health' I lit a cigarette to calm my nerves. I smoked with concentration and pleasure as I was sure that this would be my last cigarette. For a whole week I did not smoke at all and during this time, my wife suffered terribly. I had all the usual symptoms of someone giving up smoking: a bad temper and an enormous appetite. My friends kept on offering me cigarettes and cigars. They made no effort to hide their amusement whenever I produced a packet of sweets from my pocket. After seven days of this I went to a party. Everybody around me was smoking and I felt extremely uncomfortable. When my old friend Brian urged me to accept a cigarette, it was more than I could bear. I took one guiltily, lit it and smoked with satisfaction. My wife was delighted that things had returned to normal once more. Anyway, as Brian pointed out, it is the easiest thing in the world to give up smoking. He himself has done it lots of times!
entitle v. 以......为名
calm v. 使镇定
nerve n. 神经
concentration n. 集中，专心
suffer v. 受苦，受害
symptom n. 症状
temper n. 脾气
appetite n. 胃口，食欲
produce v. 拿出
urge v. 力劝，怂恿
satisfaction n. 满意，满足
delighted adj. 欣喜的
I used to travel by air a great deal when I was a boy. My parents used to live in South America and I used to fly there from Europe in the holidays. A flight attendant would take charge of me and I never had an unpleasant experience. I am used to traveling by air and only on one occasion have I ever felt frightened. After taking off, we were flying low over the city and slowly gaining height, when the plane suddenly turned round and flew back to the airport. While we were waiting to land, a flight attendant told us to keep calm and to get off the plane quietly as soon as it had touched down. Everybody on board was worried and we were curious to find out what had happened. Later we learnt that there was a very important person on board. The police had been told that a bomb had been planted on the plane. After we had landed, the plane was searched thoroughly. Fortunately, nothing was found and five hours later we were able to take off again.
parent n. 父(母)亲
flight attendant 空中乘务员
frightened adj. 害怕，担惊
curious adj. 急于了解，好奇的
bomb n. 炸弹
plant v. 安放
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