Sparky always liked to draw. His kindergartenteacher once told him that he would be an artist some day, but Sparky soon discovered that success was not easy to achieve. In high school, he was the youngest kid in his class, which made him very shy. He was also a failed student, flunkingLatin, English, algebra, and physics.
A drawing of his dog, Spike, was published when he was 15, but his high school yearbook decided not to print the sketches that he submitted during his senior year. Sparky always seemed to remember his disappointments more than his accomplishments.
After graduating from high school, Sparky couldn’t help but continue drawing. However, before Sparky could begin his career as an artist, he was drafted into the army. Then, Sparky spent two years in Europe during World War Ⅱ. Still, he continued to work toward his dream, drawing sketches of daily life in the army in a notebook.
When Sparky came home from the war, he drew comics for various publications, but it seemed like he was doomed to be a struggling artist. He even taught at an art school, where he met a red-headed woman named Donna Johnson.
Sparky fell in love and wanted to marry her, but she decided to marry someone else before he could even propose. It appeared that Sparky was destined to be unlucky in love, too.
In 1948, Sparky tried to have his comic strip Li’l Folks published, but the deal didn’t work out. He tried again a couple of years later and submitted some samples of Li’l
Folks to other publishers. He hoped that they would publish his comic strips throughout the United States.
Most of the characters in his comic strips were children, and all of them seemed to lose, no matter how hard they tried. Although the publishers liked Sparky’s drawings, they didn’t like the name of the comic strip and renamed it Peanuts. Sparky was not happy, but he had no choice but to accept the changed name after so many disappointing failures.
On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip appeared. Sparky named the main character after an old friend, Charlie Brown. In the comic strips, Charlie Brown never won anything. His baseball team always lost, he could never kick a football, and he never found the courage to talk to the red-headed girl he liked.
Charlie Brown’s friends were often not very nice to him, either. Sparky let Charlie Brown have a daydreaming dog, Snoopy. He modeled Snoopy after his old dog, Spike, which Sparky once said was the smartest and most uncontrollable dog that he had ever seen. Something about these lovable losers appealed to people, and Peanuts became a massive hit around the world.
Sparky, better known as Charles M. Schulz, believed that it was impossible to create humor out of happiness. So, his characters were always in misery, but they never gave up. Charlie Brown, who failed in everything, kept working hard no matter how badly things turned out.
Fans admired his perseverance and always believed that he would somehow kick the football the next time, even though he never did. By reading Peanuts, people can find hope and learn that being a loser at one time in life does not necessarily mean that one will never succeed.
‧I've been to Seattle once before.
(2) some day表示「有一天」，也寫可
‧John hopes that he will have his own
house some day.
(1) the youngest表示「最年輕的，最
(2) which made...shy為非限定的關係
子句，修飾he was...in his class這
…made him very shy.
make + O + OC (Adj/N/Vpp)
‧The basketball game makes Kevin nervous.
‧Judy's parents want to make her a teacher.
‧Ken cleared his throat and tried to make
himself heard by the whole class.
student, who flunked Latin, English,
algebra, and physics.。
senioryear表示「高中三年級」，一年級為freshman year，二年級為junior year。
After graduating from high school, Sparky couldn’t help but continue drawing.
After graduating 原句為After Sparky graduated....。
After V-ing..., S + V....
‧After finishing the experiment, we went to
couldn’t help but + V表示「忍住…」，此片語之後必須接原形動詞，詳細用法請參見本課句型解析二。
continue + to V/V-ing表示「繼續…」。例：
‧Mandy continued to work/working
after she got married.
begin sb’s career as 表示「開始…的職業」，as表示「當作，以…的身分」。例：
‧Lillian began her career as an
actress when she was twenty.
...work toward his dream, drawing sketches of daily life....
→ ...work toward his dream and
it seemed like...的it為虛主詞，代替後面的that子句。seem like為「好像…」之意。例：
‧It seems like Steve is dating Rachel.
..an art school, where he met....
關係副詞where引導子句，修飾先行詞an art school，為非限定用法。
複合形容詞是由"Adj + N-ed"構成，常將形容詞與身體某一部位結合。例：
...woman named Donna....
→ ...woman who was named Donna....
fall in love with
‧Jim fell in love with Kelly in high
school and they got married this year.
‧I had my house painted last weekend.
‧My boss had me finish this report
Most of the characters....
‧Today is a national holiday and
most of the shops are closed.
no matter how + Adj/Adv...
→however + Adj/Adv...
‧No matter how cold it is, John's father goes
swimming every morning.
→ However cold it is, John's father goes
swimming every morning.
‧No matter how hard Sam tried, he could not
solve the math problem.
→ However hard Sam tried, he could not
solve the math problem.
(1) have no/little choice but/other than to
‧My mother had no choice but to take
my little sister to the market.
(2) changed name表示「改過的名字」，
→ ...talk to the red-headed girl whom he
‧He can not speak French, and I can't, either.
‧Richard doesn't like chocolate, and Susan
→ Richard doesn't like chocolate, and neither
Sparky let Charlie Brown havea daydreaming dog, Snoopy.
(2) a daydreaming dog表示「作白日夢的
(3) Snoopy是a daydreaming dog的同位語。
Spike, which Sparky once said was....
此為非限定的關係子句，用來修飾先行詞Spike，其中Sparky once said為插入語。
the +形容詞最高級+ N + (that) + S + have/had + ever + Vpp....
‧I think this is the most exciting
baseball game (that) I have ever seen.
Sparky, better known as Charles M. Schulz....
→ Sparky, who was better known as....
(2) be better known as表示「以…較為人所熟
be/become known as... 以…為大家所熟知
be known for 以…著稱、有名
‧The Greek god Prometheus is known as
the creator of humans.
‧The singer is known for her beautiful voice.
Charlie Brown, [who failed in everything], kept working hard....
keep + V-ing 表示「持續…，不
將此片語寫成keep on + V-ing。例：
‧Henry was punished by his mom
because he kept making noise.
the next time在此為時間副詞，此外，the next time也可當從屬連接詞，後接子句。例：
‧The next time you come, I will show
you around the town.
even if與even though兩者皆為「即使…」之意，但even if所引導的副詞子句通常都是未發生的動作或未存在的狀態，子句中動詞多用假設語氣；even though所引導的副詞子句通常都是已發生的動作或已存在的狀態。even though也可以與although或though代換。例：
‧Even if it rains, we will go out.
‧Even though/Although/Though Jane was
not happy, she smiled in front of others.
...he never did.
did在此代替前面kick the football這件事。
being a loser...為動名詞作主詞用，
at one time表示「曾經，一度」，
同義詞有：once, in the past等。例：
‧Michael was at one time a pop singer;
now he is a businessman.
‧What Daisy said is not necessarily true
because she often tells lies.