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Gift

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it were smallest pieces of money --- pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by negotiating with the man at the market who sold vegetables and meat. Negotiating until one's face burned with the silent knowledge of being poor.
   Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas. There was clearly nothing to do but sit down and cry, so Della cried, which led to the thought that life is made up of little cries and smiles with more little cries than smiles.
   Della finished her crying and dried her face. She stood by the window and looked out unhappily at a grey cat walking along a grey fence in a grey backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only one dollar and eighty-seven cents to buy her husband Jim a gift. She had been saving every penny she could for months with this result.
   Jim earned 20 dollars a week which does not go far. Expenses had been greater than she had expected. They always are. Many a happy hour she had spent planning to buy something nice for him. Something fine and rare; something close to being worthy of the honor of belonging to Jim.
   There was a tall, glass mirror between the windows of the room. Suddenly Della turned from the window and stood before the glass mirror and looked at herself. Her eyes were shining, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds. Quickly she pulled down her hair and let it fall to its full length.
   Now, Mr. And Mrs. James Dillingham Young had two possessions which they valued: One was Jim's gold timepiece, the watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's the other was Della's hair. Had the Queen of Sheba lived in their building, Della would have let her hair hang out of the window to dry just to reduce the value of the queen’s jewels.
   So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her, shining like a brown waterfall. It reached below her knees and made itself almost like a covering for her. And then quickly she put it up again. She stood still while a few tears fell on the floor.
   She put on her coat and her old brown hat with a quick motion and brightness still in her eyes; she danced out of the door and down the street. Where she stopped the sign read “Madam Sofronie Hair goods of all kinds.” Della ran up the steps to the shop, out of breath.
   "Will you buy my hair?" asked Della.
   "I buy hair," said Madam. "Take your hat off and let us have a look at it."
   Down came the beautiful brown waterfall of hair.
   "Twenty dollars," said Madam, lifting the hair with an experienced hand.
   "Give it to me quick," said Della.
   The next two hours went by as if they had wings. Della looked in all the stores to choose a gift for Jim.
   She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. It was chain, simple round rings of silver. It was perfect for Jim’s gold watch. As soon as she saw it, she knew that it must be for him. It was like him, quiet and with great value. She gave the shopkeeper twenty-one dollars and she hurried home with the eighty-seven cents that was left.

When Della arrived home, she began to repair what was left up her hair, the hair had been ruined by her love and her desire to give a special gift. Repairing the damage was a very big job. Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, round curls of hair that made her look wonderfully like a schoolboy. She looked at herself in the glass mirror long and carefully.
   At 7 o'clock that night, the coffee was made and the pan on the back of the stove was hot and ready to cook the meat.
   Jim was never late coming home from work. Della held the silver chain in her hand and sat near the door. Then she heard his step and she turned white for just a moment. She had a way of saying on little silent prayer about the simplest everyday things, and now she whispered: "Please God, make him think I am still pretty."
   The door opened and Jim stepped in. He looked thin and very serious. Poor man, he was only 22 and he had to care for a wife. He needed a new coat and gloves to keep his hands warm.
   Jim stopped inside the door, as immovable as a dog smelling a bird. His eyes were fixed upon Della. There was an expression in them that she could not read, and it frightened her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor fear, nor any of the feelings that she had been prepared for. He simply looked at her with a strange expression on his face.
   Della went to him.
   "Jim, my love," she cried, "do not look at me that way. I had my hair cut and sold because I could not have lived through Christmas without giving you a gift. My hair will grow out again. I just had to do it. My hair grows very fast. Say 'Merry Christmas!' Jim, and let us be happy. You don not know what a nice, what a beautiful nice gift I have for you."
   "You have cut off your hair?" asked Jim slowly, as if he had not accepted the information even after his mind worked very hard.
   "Cut it off and sold it," said Della, "Do you not like me just as well? I am the same person without my hair, right?"
   Jim looked about the room as if he were looking for something.
   "You say your hair is gone?" he asked.
   "You need not look for it," said Della. "It is sold, I tell you, sold and gone too. It is Christmas Eve, boy. Be good to me, for it was cut for you. Maybe the hairs of my head were numbered," she went on with sudden serious sweetness, "but nobody could ever count my love for you. Shall I put the meat on, Jim?"
   Jim seemed to awaken quickly and put his arms around Della. Then he took a package from his coat and threw it on the table.
   "Do not make any mistake about me, Dell," he said, "I don't think there's any haircut that could make me like my girl any less. But if you'll open that package you may see why you had me frightened at first."
   White fingers quickly tore at the string and paper. There was a scream of joy; and then, alas! A change to tears and cries requiring the man of the house to use all his skill to calm his wife.
   For there were the combs, the special set of objects to hold her hair that Della had wanted ever since she saw them in a shop window. Beautiful combs, made of shells, with jewels at the edge, just the color to wear in the beautiful hair that was no longer hers. They cost a lot of money she knew and her heart had wanted them without ever hoping to have them. And now the beautiful combs were hers! But the hair that should have touched them was gone! But she held the combs to herself, and soon she was able to look up with a smile and say: "My hair grows so fast, Jim!"
   Then Della jumped up like a little burned cat and cried, "Oh, oh!" Jim had not yet seen his beautiful gift. She happily held it out to him in her open hands. The silver chains seemed so bright.
   "Isn't it wonderful, Jim? I looked all over town to find it. You'll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it."
   Instead of obeying, Jim fell on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.
   "Dell," said he, "let us put our Christmas gifts away and keep them a while. They are too nice to use just right now. I sold my gold watch to get the money to buy the set of combs for your hair. And now why not put the meat on."
    

 

The benefits of the economic boom of the 1980s and early 1990s were concentrated in Bangkok, as were the disastrous effects of the late-1990s economic crisis, both of which attracted mass migration from all over Thailand and made the capital ever more dominant: the population is now forty times that of the second city, Chiang Mai, and Bangkokians own four-fifths of the nation's cars.

 

Senior citizens in Shanghai are surprised to find the younger generations care little for pear sugar or spiced beans. The Ming and Qing (1368-1911) dynastic architecture is vanishing, as are the city's old nongtang[弄堂] (narrow alleyways similar to Beijing's hutong).  ----- From past to presentoct 11

 

 

1. 形容词 + as + 主语 + 系动词。如:

Tired as he is, he offers to help me.

尽管他已经很累了,他还是主动提出帮助我。

2. 过去分词 + as + 主语 + 系动词。如:

Well-written as the book is, the author is not satisfied and prepared to revise it.

尽管这本书写得很好,作者还是不满意并打算修改它。

3. 名词 + as + 主语 + 系动词。如:

Student as he is, he does not study hard.

他虽然是个学生,却不努力学习。

4. 副词 + as + 主语 + 谓语部分。如:

Much as I admire his courage, I don’t think he acted wisely.

我虽然崇拜他的勇气,但我认为他这样做是不明智的。

5. 动词原形 + as + 主语 + 谓语的另一部分(情态动词或助动词may, might, will, would等)。如:

Try as you will, you won’t be able to persuade him.

不管你怎么努力,你都说服不了他。

 

 

 

:The dog barked when /as it heard a noise.狗听到声音,叫了起来

It was raining when we arrived.(我们到达时天正下着雨。)

We were in the middle when there came a great shout behind us.

1.) when用作并列连词时的意思是“正在……,这时……突然”,连接两个并列句。

例如:We were doing our homework when the light went out.(我们正在做家庭作业,就在那时灯熄灭了。)

 

2)  as soon as

I'll call you when I get there.

到那里就给你打电话

3) 表示每当,··…的时候,相当于“whenever, every time”

When(Whenever/Every time) he goes to townhe always visit his aunt.每次他去城里时,他总是去看望他的姑姑

 

aswhen用法 

Let's put off the picnic until next week,_______the weather may be better.

A.then  B.if     C.as    D.when

 

 [思路分析]

when含有“at that moment”的意思(= and then),引起的句子不能放在句首,也不能用as, while来替换。例如:

He was about to leave when the telephone rang.他正要离开,忽然电话铃响了。

We were watching TV when suddenly the lights went out.我们正在看电视,突然灯灭了。

They had just arrived home when it began to rain.他们刚到家,天就开始下雨了。

 

 

[解题过程]

而这里表示的就是‘(在下星期的时候),天气也许会好一些。’

表示在某个时候用D更合适一些。

有疑问可以给我发短信!

 

如果从句和主句要表示一个人的两个动作交替进行或同时完成时,则多用as,可译为“一边......,一边......”。例如:

He looked behind from to time as he went.一边走,一边不时地往后看。

As time goes on, its getting warmer and warmer..随着时间的推移,天气变得越来越暖了。

I thought of it just as you opened your mouth.你一张嘴我就知道你要说什么。(若表示两个短促动作几乎同时发生时,用as的场合多于when.

 

 

She sang as she worked.

她一边工作一边唱歌。

 

Rich as he is, he is not happy.

虽然他很富, 但他并不幸福。

Try as he would, he could not lift the rock.

他虽然尽了最大努力, 仍不能搬动那块石头。

 

 

 

1.Practice makes perfect. 熟能生巧。

2.God helps those who help themselves. 天助自助者。

3.Easier said than done. 说起来容易做起来难。

4.Where there is a will,there is a way. 有志者事竟成。

5.One false step will make a great difference. 失之毫厘,谬之千里。

 

 

30. (1) He will tell you _______ he expects will win such a match.

(2) He will tell you _______ of the teams he expects will win such a match.

A. why           B. whom           C. which            D. who

31. (1) In New Zealand, I made lots of friends ________ a very practical knowledge of the English language.

(2) When he came back from work, he found nothing left — only _____ a cup of milk.

A. get               B. to get             C. getting             D. got

32. (1) I’m busy now. I’m sorry I can’t help _______ the flowers.

(2) Whenever he comes to our garden, he can’t help _____ the flowers.

A. watering          B. watered           C. waters           D. to water

 

 

Last Monday morning, I was (1)___________ (cycle) along a street in the rush hour (2)________ my way to an interview for an important job. A yellow car passed me and (3)________(sudden) stopped. I had to (4)__________ my bike hard and of course, I fell. I was so angry (5)_______ I stopped the driver and kept on shouting at him rudely.

(6)_____________, I was in time for the interview. By chance, (7)________ of my interviewers, the manager of the company, was no other than the driver of the yellow car. Luckily, the manager was not angry with me (8)_________my rudeness. (9)___________, he offered me the job. So I said to everyone jokingly that I could tell my manager (10)__________ I thought of him.

 

 

 

 

30. DC  31. CB  32. DA

 

 1. cycling    2. on    3. suddenly    4. brake     5. that     6. Fortunately    7. one

       8. for      9. Instead    10. what  

 

 

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