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SAT阅读-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 片段赏析

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通途国际英语,沈阳SAT培训专业学校,Trista老师为你带来一篇文章The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 片段赏析。

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 片段赏析

The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the advertisement column, with his head trust forward and the paper fattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and endeavored, after the fashion of my companion, to read the indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor bore every mark of being an average common place British tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey shepherd’s check trousers, a not over-clean black frockcoat, unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and discontent upon his features.

赏析:这位矮胖的委托人挺起胸膛,显得有点骄傲的样子,他把又脏又皱的报纸从他的外套口袋里拿出来。他把报纸平铺在膝盖上,低头前倾看着广告专栏,我仔细看着男人,以我对时尚的欣赏水平,想努力地从他的衣着或外观中解读到一些暗示。但是,通过我的观察,我没有获得很多信息。我们的这位客人有着每一个英国商人被司空见惯的特点,肥胖、浮夸、行动缓慢。他穿着宽松的灰色牧羊人工装裤,一件没有系扣的,不是十分干净的黑色外套,单调的马甲和一个沉重的艾伯特链,和一个悬挂下来的方形金属作为点缀。一顶磨损的帽子和一件褪色的有着天鹅绒衣领的棕色大衣躺在他身旁的椅子上。整体上在我看来,除了他那火红的头发之外,没有什么能表达他极端的懊恼和不满。

此段文字是从华生的视角来对来访者进行描述。普普通通的一位访客,华生看不出什么特别之处,由此也为后文福尔摩斯的推理做铺垫,以彰显福尔摩斯的厉害和独到之处,因为同样的一个人,在福尔摩斯眼中,却解读出了很多信息。

SAT词汇

portly: rather fat 肥胖的,发福的

endeavor: to seriously or continually try to do(something)  努力,尽力

obese: very fat, in a way that is not healthy  肥胖的

pompous: showing that you think you are more important than other people, especially by using long and formal words  自大的,浮夸的

drab: not bright or colorful  暗淡的,单调的

chagrin: a feeling of being disappointed or annoyed懊恼,委屈,气氛