Unit 7 The Chaser. Contents. Pre-reading questions Background information Structural analysis of the text Comprehensive questions Language points Sentence highlights Language appreciation Grammar points Comprehensive questions of Text II. Pre-reading questions.
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This short story, which combines elements of horror
and love, is built almost entirely through dialogue
between a young man, Alan Austen, who is deeply in
love and wants to possess his lover entirely, and an
unnamed old man who believes in a life free of
romantic involvement. As the dialogue develops,
Austen’s attitude towards the potion changes from
skeptical and hesitant to excited and overwhelmed.
5. How do the speeches of the young man and the old man differ? How does that help to build up the theme?
peep: to look at something quickly and secretly, especially through a hole or other small openings
e.g. Now and then she peeped to see if he was noticing her.
2. make somebody’s acquaintance: to meet somebody for the first time
e.g. He made her acquaintance at a dance.
3. imperceptible: that cannot be noticed or felt because so small, slight or gradual
e.g. an imperceptible change in temerature
perceive v. , perception n. , perceptible a. , imperceptible a., imperceptibly ad.
e.g. She was apprehensive about/for her son’s safety every tome he went out on his motorcycle.
Students are waiting with apprehension for their final examination results.
e.g. She asked him to lend his car, and he willingly obliged her.
I should/would be obliged if you could speak louder.
e.g. The heavy snow obliged me to abandon the car and continued on foot.
Eric felt obliged to resign after such an unpleasant quarrel with the vice president.
e.g. The family of the victim was overwhelmed by/with grief.
(2)to make powerless by using force
e.g. Government troopsoverwhelmed the rebels.
e.g. The overwhelming majority of small businesses went broke within the first twelve months.
e.g. It is a cause for which we have campaigned fervently these past four years.
Fervent a., fervency n.
e.g. Mr. Cooper was much better off when he got promoted, and even could afford foreign travel.
She’ll be 50 pounds better off.
be better off doing/ to do something: to be wiser to do something specified
e.g. If you’ve got you bags you are better off taking/to take a taxi.
be better off with somebody/something: to be happier or more at ease with somebody/something
e.g. You’d be better off with her as a roommate.