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Bridge to Terabithia《仙境之桥》精讲之三

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Leslie: Wow. You're really good at drawing. Like, better than any kid I've ever seen.

Jess: Uh... Thanks.

Mrs. Myers: I wanna share this composition for two reasons. One, it uses adjectives well. And two, it's clear the author paid attention to what she saw and what she felt, which is important for any writing. Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus by Leslie Burke. Leslie, why don't you read it for us.

Student: Oh, man. Can you believe this?

Bridge to Terabithia《仙境之桥》精讲之三

Leslie: "I'm moving gently forward, over the wild and beautiful, unexplored world below me. I'm floating in silence, and breaking it up with the sound of my breath. Above me, there's nothing but shimmery light, the place where I've come from, and will go back to when I am done here. I'm diving. I'm a scuba diver. I'm going deeper past the wrinkled rocks and dark seaweed toward a deep blueness where a school of silver fish wait. As I swim through the water, bubbles burst from me, wobbling like little jellyfish as they rise. I check my air. I don't have as much time as I need to see everything, but that is what makes it so special."

Mrs. Myers: Thank you, Leslie. Now tonight at 7:00 on channel four there is a special about an undersea explorer, Dr. Bob Ballard. I want everyone to watch and write one page about what you've learned. Leslie?

Leslie: What if you can't watch this program?

Mrs. Myers: Inform your parents it's an assignment, I'm sure they won't object.

Leslie: But... what if you don't have a TV?

[All laugh]

Leslie: My dad says the TV kills your brain cells.

Scott: Your dad doesn't know anything. We watch TV, like, every day.

Leslie: I rest my case.

Mrs. Myers: Well, then, Leslie, you don't have to write this essay. You can pick something else to write about.

Scott: Yeah, like, how to live in a cave.

[Class laughs]

Mrs. Myers: That's enough, Mr. Hoager.

Girls: Hey, Leslie, come here. What are you gonna write your essay on? Bats in caves?

(In the bus)

Students: Here comes Janice! New kid's in Janice's seat. What does she think she's doing?

May Belle: Jess! The big kids will kill her!

Jess: You have a death wish? The back row is for eighth-graders.

Janice: That's right, beanpole. Move it. Out of my way, farm boy.

Jess: You're really asking for it.

Leslie: Seems to me she gives it out whether you ask for it or not. So might as well have some fun.

Jess: Getting Janice all wound up is a weird way of having fun.

Leslie: Well, what's your idea of having fun?

Jess: I don't know.

Leslie: Well, you wanna do something?

Jess: I don't know.

May Belle: Let's do something. Definitely. What should we do?

Jess: You can't do it.

May Belle: Do what?

Jess: What we're doing.

Leslie: Hey, May Belle! I don't use my Barbies so much anymore. If you want, you can have them.

May Belle: To keep for permanent?

Leslie: Sure.

May Belle: Thanks.

Leslie: You're lucky to have a sister.

Jess: I've got four, and I'd trade them all for a good dog.

Leslie: I'd love to have a dog.

Jess: Now let's go before she changes her mind.

Leslie: Race you to the end of the road. On your mark, get set, go!


[Both laugh]

Leslie: Come on, Jess! Come on!

[Both panting, laughing]

Jess: What about sharks? You ever see any sharks while you're scuba-ing or whatever?

Leslie: I've never gone scuba diving in my whole life.

Jess: You lied in your essay?

Leslie: No. I made it up. It's different from lying. Those drawings you make, you ever seen those things yourself?

Jess: No, but...

Leslie: Hey! Look at that! Cool!

Jess: That's been there forever. I wouldn't trust it.

Leslie: Come on. Just try it. OK.

Bridge to Terabithia《仙境之桥》精讲之三

妙语佳句 活学活用

1. self-contained: 整装的,装在一个容器(或壳体)内的,自足式的。self-contained还可以表示“沉默寡言的,有自制力的,持重的”或“自给的,独立自足的,不受外界影响的”。请看例子:

He is a rather silent, self-contained man when with strangers.


The university campus is like a self-contained city with shops and all amenities.


2. scuba diver: 水下自持呼吸器的潜水员。

3. assignment: (分派的)任务,(指定的)作业。例如:The English assignment is a book report.(英语课外作业是写一份读书报告。)

4. I rest my case: 一切的一切都说明我是对的,我无需多言。影片中Leslie指就因为Scott天天看电视,所以他才没脑子,这个现成的例子证明她父亲说的“看电视会杀死脑细胞”是正确的,所以她无需再说什么了。

5. death wish: 求死愿望,死亡意愿。

6. You're really asking for it: 你这是自找的。

7. wind up: (常用被动语态)使紧张,使激动,使愤怒。看一下例子:The boxer was all wound up before the big fight.(这位拳击运动员在那场大赛前夕兴奋异常。)影片中Jess指把女霸王Janice惹怒可不是什么好玩的事。

8. make up: 编造。例如:The whole story is made up.(整个故事完全是虚构出来的。)影片中Leslie告诉Jess编造故事和说谎是不一样的。

make up还有“解决(争端等)、和解”的意思。例如:They are quarrelling and making up by turns.(他们老是一会儿吵架,一会儿和好。)

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