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Lesson Two. Waiting for the Police. Setting. This story is set in a boarding house where life, especially evening life, is notoriously dull for the odd collection of people who live there. But one of the guests manages to think of something which does stir up quite a bit of interest.

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lesson two

Lesson Two

Waiting for the Police

setting
Setting
  • This story is set in a boarding house where life, especially evening life, is notoriously dull for the odd collection of people who live there.
  • But one of the guests manages to think of something which does stir up quite a bit of interest.
slide3
Characters

try to keep everyone talking

Mrs. Mayton

landlady

Mr. Monty

Smith

as polite as pale

keep any ball rolling

Miss Wicks

oldest

knitting all the time

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Characters

young

lovely

Bella

not particularly smart

walk in sleep,

doze all the time

Mr. Calthrop

middle-aged

eccentric

intelligent

have a chilling effect

possess a brain

Mr. Penbury

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Structure

Part I(Paras. 1—11)

Part II (Paras. 12—33)

Part III (Paras. 34—88)

Part IV (Paras. 89—91)

an idle discussion about where Mr. Wainwright has gone and serving to introduce the characters who live in the boarding-house.

Mr. Penbury announces that Mr. Wainwright is dead.

Mr. Penbury direct a general rehearsal of their alibis while waiting for the police.

a suspense ending

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Humor

The author skillfully mixed humorous elements in his story, which help to make the characterization and the plot more vivid and interesting.

Read the following examples from the text and try to analyze the humorous effects.

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Humor

He was as polite as he was pale. (be polite because of being pale)

She had knitting for seventy years, and looked good for another seventy. (Hyperbole is used to achieve humor)

Bella was the boarding-house lovely, but no one taken advantage of the fact. (No one is interested in her)

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Humor

She had promised to knit at her funeral. (Is it possible to do sth. at one’s own funeral?)

“Only one?” I answered “You’re luckier than I am.” (self-mockery to imply a lot people hate him)

“But let me suggest that you give the statement to the police with slightly less emphasis.” (the satirical tone to imply that he might no be telling the truth.)

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form: the shape and structure of an objectinform: in 在 内+form形状;在心里造成形状就引申为通知

……

符合,使一致

变形

告知错误的信息

履行,执行

改革,重新组成

转换,使 变形

形成,构成,编队

格式,形式,版式

……

conform

deform

misinform

perform

reform

transform

formation

format

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scribe: from Late Latin “scrĪe” : to write:写,记下

归因于,归咎于

描写,记述,形容

记下

指示,规定,开药

订阅,签署

转录

ascribe

describe

inscribe

prescribe

subscribe

transcribe

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erupt

rupt:from Latin “rumpere” : to break

abrupt

bankrupt

erupt

corrupt

disrupt

interrupt

rupture

突然,陡峭的

破产

喷出,爆发

腐烂,堕落

使中断,使破裂

打断,中断

破裂,裂开

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Suffix— -mit: Latin suffix: to send 呈交,放开admit: ad-=to 向,对

admit

commit

emit

remit

transmit

允许,接纳

把······交托给,提交

发出,放射

汇出,传送

传输,传达

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