1: What the old man means is that a young man who is in love one-sidedly is seldom rich enough to win a girl’s heart. His words imply that money is an important factor for love. If a man is not rich, he can rarely expect to be loved by a girl.
2: Para. 19-37. The love potion has powerful, everlasting effects. To begin with, it may produce sexual desire in the person who takes it. On the spiritual side, it can replace indifference with devotion, and scorn with adoration. It will make a gay girl want nothing but solitude and her lover’s company. She will feel jealous of him when her lover is with other girls. She will want be everything to him. Even if he slips a little, she will forgive him though terribly hurt. In a word, she’ll fall in love with him if she drinks the love potion.
3: Para. 39-43. It’s an irony, by which the author seems to imply that love is far from being pressures or desirable. It’s easy for a man to fall in love, yet it’s hard for him to stick to it. Should he regret someday, he would pay a much high price to get him out of it. Anyway, for the old man, and for his customers as he believes, the life-cleaner is more important than the love potion.
4: This means there’s a wide difference between the young and the old. Young people tend to be over passionate for love, sometimes senselessly and irrationally, while the old, just like the old man, who sells the mixtures, would take a cool and sensible, sometimes even cynical attitude towards love.
5: “Au revoir,” an urban and polished reply to the young man’s goodbye, meaning “until I see you again”, indicates the old man’s firm belief that the young man will eventually come back to him for the life-cleaner. This shows his cynical pessimism about love.
1: Just because I’m able to do you a favour/sell you the love potion, I feel safe telling you so much about my other medicine.
2: “They, the love potions,” said the old man, “will help change the girl’s attitude towards you. She will no longer hold you in contempt. Instead, she will begin to give you her deep-felt love and care.
1. feeling very much worried and afraid;
2. everything I sell could be well deemed as extraordinary;
3. difficult to notice;
4. much more lasting than momentary impulse;
5. with enthusiasm
creaky; peered; acquaintance; detachment;
raptures; giddy; overwhelmed; obliged
obscurity; acquainted; perceptible; apprehension;
indifferent; rapt; overwhelmingly; disobliging
save up; care about; indulges in; reached for;
peered about; deals in; was substituted; better off
1.perceptible/perceivable/noticeable; 2.postmortem; 3.anxiously/fearfully;
4.temporary/transient; 5.grave/cheerless; 6.profoundly/rigorously/strongly;
expect; have; accept; imagine; was; work out ; became popular; demanded
I. CDAB BCDC
1. Music Mary likes; sports she doesn' t;
2. Growl you will, and go you must.
3. They have promised to finish the work, and finish it they will.
4. His face not many admired, while his character still fewer could praise.
5. A professor he was, but in name only.
6. He might have agreed under pressure; willingly he would never.
7. This question we have already discussed at some length.
8. Talent Mike has; capital Mike has not.
1. They pronounced guilty every one of the accused.
2. He had called an idiot the man on whose judgment he now had to rely.
3. We cannot set totally aside a whole system of rules devised by Congress itself.
4. The problem then arose of what contribution the public should make.
5. He gave the parcel to the sergeant who occupied the trench opposite.
6. Send the parcel to my father not to my mother.
7. I saw on my way home yesterday a man with a scar across his face trying to escape with a bag he had snatched from a lady.
8. It was my intention to produce a fairly short one-volume introduction to semantics which might serve the needs of students in several disciplines and might be of interest to the general reader.
1. I have never seen anyone as/so happy as Mary.
2. John isn't as tall as his father./John is not as/so tall as his father.
3. Michael does not swim as well as Paul.
4. Michael does not swim nearly as/so well as Paul.
5. He is not as/so wise as he is witty.
6. There is nothing quite as/so satisfying as undergoing a difficult process and after long hard work discovering the true nature of that process.
7. The gap between the sides is not as/so wide as it was./The gap between the sides isn't as wide as is was.
8. It's not quite as/so straightforward a problem as it might at first seem.
so-->such; many-->much; big problem-->big a problem; few-->much;
normal life-->normal a life; slowly before--> slowly that before; little-->few; as-->so
3. “噢！亲爱的，不，” 老人说，“比如，爱情魔液要卖那样高的价钱是不行的，需要爱情魔液的年轻人，很少能有五千美元，要不他们就不需要爱情魔液了。”
1. To me, you are definitely more than an acquaintance.
2. Many artisans in the region deal in a variety of handicrafts.
3. They went into raptures over the unexpected success.
4. Much to my surprise, he analyzed with extraordinary detachment the dangerous situation that threatened all of them.
5. She peered at the stranger from behind the curtain.
6. During the holidays, he indulged in the luxury of a bath of sunshine on the beach.
7. When she learnt the news of his death, she was overwhelmed with grief.
8. I'm not in favor of buying a house on the installment plan; instead, I maintain that every one of us should save up for a rainy day
“恐怕那不是我所需要的东西，”年轻人说。 “没关系，不过我想让你知道它的价格。小小的一勺，当然这也足够了， 我收费不下于6000美元，一分也不能少。”（听到这话，）年轻人很焦虑，但是老人接着说：“然而要是爱情魔液，也收这么多的钱是不合实际的，甚至是残酷的。年轻人喜欢爱情魔液，但是情况往往是这样的，他们，我指的是那些需要爱情魔液的人，他们不够富裕，如果定价这么高，他们是买不起的，所以啊，它的价格低得令人难以置信。” 这时年轻人的脸上露出了微笑。 “这个爱情魔液有??”“它有着不同寻常的效果，” 老人说，他似乎能够读懂年轻人的心思。 “效果是持久的， 姑娘喝了这爱情魔液将把你看成她生活中唯一的兴趣。"
Rumor is the most primitive way of spreading stories / by passing them on from mouth to mouth. / But civilized countries in normal times / have better sources of news than rumor. / They have radio, television, and newspapers. / In times of stress and confusion, however,/ rumor emerges and becomes widespread. /At such times the different kinds of news are in competition: / the press, television, and radio versus the grapevine. /
Rumors are often repeated / even by those who do not believe the tales. / There is a fascination about them./ The reason is that the cleverly designed rumor / gives expression to something deep in the hearts of the victims: / the fears, suspicions, forbidden hopes, / or daydreams which they hesitate to voice directly. / Pessimistic rumors about defeat and disasters show / that people who repeat them are worried and anxious. / Optimistic rumors about record production or peace / are soon coming point to complacency or confidence / and often to overconfidence.
if; no; through; with; does; that; want; Here; sung; and; but; upon; precious; nor