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连载阅读:英文原版小说《Flipped》(十)

状元猫英语2018-06-21 08:47:27


本期连载阅读,我们来欣赏一个爬树小能手的英姿吧。猜猜是谁呢?当然是风风火火的Juli啦!还记得上一期中Bryce吐槽那棵梧桐树么?它可是Juli的最爱呢。说起来也怪,Juli这个小姑娘天天勇敢地爬树,而Bryce这个小伙子却怕的不得了。当然,当年“风靡校园”的恶作剧歌谣也是一部分原因。还记得是哪一个嘛?如果想不起来的话,就在文章中仔细找找吧~

Whatever. Maybe Juli's aesthetic sensibilities have been permanently screwed up by her father and none of this is her fault, but Juli has always thought that that sycamore tree was God's gift to our little corner of the universe. Back in the third and fourth grades she used to clown around with her brothers in the branches or peel big chunks of bark off so they could slide down the crook in its trunk. It seemed like they were playing in it whenever my mom took us somewhere in the car. Juli'd be swinging from the branches, ready to fall and break every bone in her body, while we were waiting at the stoplight, and my mom would shake her head and say, “Don't you ever climb that tree like that, do you hear me, Bryce? I never want to see you doing that! You either, Lynetta. That is much too dangerous.” My sister would roll her eyes and say, “As if,” while I'd slump beneath the window and pray for the light to change before Juli squealed my name for the world to hear. I did try to climb it once in the fifth grade. It was the day after Juli had rescued my kite from its mutant toy-eating foliage. She climbed miles up to get my kite, and when she came down, she was actually very cool about it. She didn't hold my kite hostage and stick her lips out like I was afraid she might. She just handed it over and then backed away. I was relieved, but I also felt like a weenie. When I'd seen where my kite was trapped, I was sure it was a goner. Not Juli. She scrambled up and got it down in no time. Man, it was embarrassing. So I made a mental picture of how high she'd climbed, and the next day I set off to outdo her by at least two branches. I made it past the crook, up a few limbs, and then — just to see how I was doing — I looked down. Mis-take! It felt like I was on top of the Empire State Building without a bungee. I tried looking up to where my kite had been, but it was hopeless. I was indeed a tree-climbing weenie. Then junior high started and my dream of a Juli-free existence shattered. I had to take the bus, and you-know-who did, too. There were about eight kids altogether at our bus stop, which created a buffer zone, but it was no comfort zone. Juli always tried to stand beside me, or talk to me, or in some other way mortify me. And then she started climbing. The girl is in the seventh grade, and she's climbing a tree —way, way up in a tree. And why does she do it? So she can yell down at us that the bus is five! four! three blocks away! Blow-by-blow traffic watch from a tree — what every kid in junior high feels like hearing first thing in the morning. She tried to get me to come up there with her, too. “Bryce, come on! You won't believe the colors! It's absolutely magnificent! Bryce, you've got to come up here!” Yeah, I could just hear it: “Bryce and Juli sitting in a tree…” Was I ever going to leave the second grade behind? One morning I was specifically not looking up when out of nowhere she swings down from a branch and practically knocks me over. Heart attack! I dropped my backpack and wrenched my neck, and that did it. I refused to wait under that tree with that maniac monkey on the loose anymore. I started leaving the house at the very last minute. I made up my own waiting spot, and when I'd see the bus pull up, I'd truck up the hill and get on board.No Juli, no problem.

Whatever. Maybe Juli's aesthetic sensibilities have been permanently screwed up by her father and none of this is her fault, but Juli has always thought that that sycamore tree was God's gift to our little corner of the universe. 

aesthetic:审美的

sensibility:敏感性

permanently:永久地

screw up:弄糟

fault:错误

corner:角落

universe:宇宙


Back in the third and fourth grades she used to clown around with her brothers in the branches or peel big chunks of bark off so they could slide down the crook in its trunk. It seemed like they were playing in it whenever my mom took us somewhere in the car.

clown around:胡闹

peel off:剥落

chunk:大块

bark:树皮

slide down:滑下

trunk:树干

【语法提示:whenever引导时间状语从句。】


Juli'd be swinging from the branches, ready to fall and break every bone in her body, while we were waiting at the stoplight, and my mom would shake her head and say, “Don't you ever climb that tree like that, do you hear me, Bryce? I never want to see you doing that! You either, Lynetta. That is much too dangerous.” 

swing:摇晃

bone:骨头

stoplight:交通灯

shake head:摇头

【语法提示:Don't you ever……是祈使句。】


My sister would roll her eyes and say, “As if,” while I'd slump beneath the window and pray for the light to change before Juli squealed my name for the world to hear. I did try to climb it once in the fifth grade.

roll eyes:转眼珠,翻白眼

slump:倒下

squeal:尖叫

【语法提示:I did try是强调语气,用助动词+动词原形,表示“的确做”。】


It was the day after Juli had rescued my kite from its mutant toy-eating foliage. She climbed miles up to get my kite, and when she came down, she was actually very cool about it.

rescue:拯救

kite:风筝

mutant:突变的

foliage:叶子


She didn't hold my kite hostage and stick her lips out like I was afraid she might. She just handed it over and then backed away. I was relieved, but I also felt like a weenie. When I'd seen where my kite was trapped, I was sure it was a goner. Not Juli.

hostage:人质,抵押

hand over:递给

relieved:放心的

weenie:胆小鬼,笨蛋

goner:已死的人

【语法提示:where my kite was trapped是had seen的宾语从句。】


She scrambled up and got it down in no time. Man, it was embarrassing. So I made a mental picture of how high she'd climbed, and the next day I set off to outdo her by at least two branches.

scramble:攀登

mental:精神的

set off:出发

outdo:超过,胜过

【语法提示:how high she'd climbed是介词of的宾语从句。】


I made it past the crook, up a few limbs, and then — just to see how I was doing — I looked down. Mis-take! It felt like I was on top of the Empire State Building without a bungee.

make it:成功做到

crook:弯曲

limb:枝干

Empire State Building:帝国大厦

bungee:松紧绳,安全绳

【语法提示:第一句的插入结构just to see how I was doing作用是补充说明。】


I tried looking up to where my kite had been, but it was hopeless. I was indeed a tree-climbing weenie. Then junior high started and my dream of a Juli-free existence shattered.

hopeless:无望的

existence:存在

shatter:粉碎


I had to take the bus, and you-know-who did, too. There were about eight kids altogether at our bus stop, which created a buffer zone, but it was no comfort zone. 

altogether:总共

buffer zone:缓冲带

comfort zone:舒适区

【语法提示:第二句which引导非限定性定语从句,修饰前面半句。】


Juli always tried to stand beside me, or talk to me, or in some other way mortify me. And then she started climbing. The girl is in the seventh grade, and she's climbing a tree —way, way up in a tree.

mortify:使羞辱

way up:远远在上


And why does she do it? So she can yell down at us that the bus is five! four! three blocks away! Blow-by-blow traffic watch from a tree — what every kid in junior high feels like hearing first thing in the morning. 

yell down at:朝下喊

block:街区

Blow-by-blow:详尽的

【语法提示:what every kid……是分隔结构,起到补充说明前面内容的作用,其本身是主语从句,因为前面的traffic watch相当于hear的宾语。】


She tried to get me to come up there with her, too. “Bryce, come on! You won't believe the colors! It's absolutely magnificent! Bryce, you've got to come up here!” Yeah, I could just hear it: “Bryce and Juli sitting in a tree…”

have got to do:不得不,必须


Was I ever going to leave the second grade behind? One morning I was specifically not looking up when out of nowhere she swings down from a branch and practically knocks me over.

out of nowhere:突然冒出来

knock over:撞到,打翻


Heart attack! I dropped my backpack and wrenched my neck, and that did it. I refused to wait under that tree with that maniac monkey on the loose anymore.

heart attack:心脏病发作

wrench:扭伤

maniac:疯子

on the loose:释放


I started leaving the house at the very last minute. I made up my own waiting spot, and when I'd see the bus pull up, I'd truck up the hill and get on board. No Juli, no problem.

pull up:停车

truck:上路

get on board:上车(船、机等)


那么,本期的连载阅读《Flipped》Part 10 就到这里啦。小喵们别忘了持续关注我们每周的更新哟!需要本节中文版的,请戳下方“阅读原文”~

往期链接(戳下方文字即可跳转):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9