Lesson Six Button, Button by Richard Matheson. Biographic information about the author.
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Norma Lewis (in TVSeries)
appal (American English: appall) to make someone feel very shocked and upset
The decision to execute the two men has appalled many politicians.
The way we kill animals appals a lot of people
Her elopement astounded her parents.
He was perfectly astounded at the intelligence.
The figures revealed by the report are astounding.
We guarantee your satisfaction.
Many shopkeepers guarantee satisfaction to customers.
This garment is guaranteed fireproof.
We must inquire further into the matter.
Let's inquire how to get there.
He has inquired out the deployment of the enemy troops.
The dictator represses all opposition as illegal.
All protest is brutally repressed by the regime.
Marco Polo was scoffed at. 马可·波罗曾受嘲弄。
David scoffed at her fears.
‘You, a scientist!' he scoffed.
Stack dishwasher and start wash cycle. 把碗碟整齐地堆放在洗碗机内并开始洗涤。
The floor was stacked high with bales of cotton. 地板上高高地堆放着许多包棉花。
Piles of lumber were stacked along the road. 大量的木材堆放在路边。
He thrust at her with a knife. 他持刀向她刺去。
She was thrusting in a question or two occasionally. 她不时地插嘴提出一两个问题
New railroads are rapidly thrusting into the hilly regions. 新的铁路线迅速向山区延伸。
He tossed the beggar a coin [tossed a coin to the beggar]. 他给乞丐扔了个硬币。
Let's toss to see who pays the bill. 让我们掷钱币决定谁来付帐。
He tossed about in his sleep all night. 他整夜翻来覆去睡不着。
An authentic account by an eyewitness. 一份目击者的真实证言。
It is an authentic work of Qi Baishi. 这是齐白石的真迹。
But no authentic works by him are preserved. 但作品的真迹并没有流传下来
John is apt to be impulsive. 约翰易于冲动。
The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark. 谣言源于一次冲动的谈话
He's eccentric by disposition.
A somewhat eccentric person; an oddball. 有些怪癖的人;怪人
My neighbor is an eccentric young man. 我的邻居是个古怪的年轻人。
With a little imagination however, one might feel that the author could be ridiculing the moral failings of humanity as a whole rather than a few individuals like Norma in the story. As we all know that in recent history, many wars have been waged which have brought terrible miseries and sufferings to people.
broiler: American English a special area of a stove used for cooking food under direct heat [= grill British English]
The sentence is an inverted one.