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真题阅读理解全文翻译--2004--4

(2008-08-28 14:24:08)
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分类: 英语

Passage Four

Just over a year ago, I foolishly locked up my bicycle outside my office, but forgot to remove the pannier (挂蓝). When I returned the pannier had been stolen. Inside it were about ten of thelittle red notebook I take everywhere for jotting down ideas for articles, short stories, TV shows and the like.
When I lost my notebooks, I was devastated; all the ideas I'd had over the past two years were contained within their pages. I could remember only a few of them, but had the impression that those I couldn't recall were truly brilliant. Those little books were crammed with the plots of award-winning novels and scripts for radio comedy shows that were only two-thirds as bad as the ones on at the moment.
That's not all, though. In my reminiscence, my lost notebooks contained sketches for many innovative and incredible machines. In one book there was a design for a device that could turn sea water into apple cider; in another, plan for an automatic dog; in a third, sketches for a pair of waterproof shoes with television screens built into the toes. Now all of these plans are lost to humanity:
I found my notebooks again. It turns out they weren't in the bike pannier at all, but in a carrier bag in my spare room, where I found six months after supposedly losing them. And when I flipped through their pages, ready to run to the patent office in the morning, I discovered they were completely full of rubbish.
Discovering the notebooks really shook me up. I had firmly come to believe they were brimming with brilliant, inventive stuff-- and yet clearly they weren't. I had deluded myself.
After surveying my nonsense, I found that this halo effect always attaches itself to things that seem irretrievably lost. Don't we all have a sneaking feeling that the weather was sunnier, TV shows funnier and cake-shop buns bonnier in the not-very-distant past?
All this would not matter much except that it is a powerful element in reactionary thought, this belief in a better yesterday. After all, racism often stems from a delusion that things have deteriorated since "they" came. What a boon to society it would be if people could visit the past and see that it wasn't the paradise they imagine but simply the present with different hats.
Sadly, time travel is impossible.
Until now, that is. Because I've suddenly remembered I left a leather jacket in an Indonesian restaurant a couples of years ago, and I'm absolutely certain that in the inside pocket there was a sketch I'd made...

63. By "only two-thirds as bad as the ones on at the moment," the author means__________
A. better than
B. as bad as
C. worse than
D. as good as
64. As soon as the author read me lost notebooks ,he_________
A. reported the fact
B. found it valueless
C. registered the inventions
D. was very excited
65. Which of the following would the author most probably agree with? __________
A. Yesterday is better.
B. Yesterday is no better than today.
C. Self delusion sometimes is necessary.
D. Things today have deteriorated.

 

 

译文:

就在一年以前,我愚蠢地把自行车锁在了我办公室的外面,但却忘了拿上挂蓝。当我返回去的时候挂蓝已经丢了。在挂篮里大约有十个红色的小笔记本,如论我到哪里都带着它们目的是迅速记下一些文章的灵感、短小的故事、电视剧本和诸如此类的东西。

当我丢掉笔记本时,我气急败坏。因为我在过去整整两年时间里所有的想法都在那些册子里。我只能记起其中的极少部分,但是我不能记起的那些才是真正的精华。在这些小册子里填满了可以获奖的小说情节和为广播喜剧写的剧本。这些剧本在糟糕程度上仅仅是正在上映剧本的2/3.

然而,这还不是全部。在我记忆里,我丢失的笔记本里包含了许多改进的令人难以置信的机器草图。在一个本子里有一个装置设计可以把海水转化为苹果汁。在另一个本子里有一个自动狗的计划。还有一个本子里,有一些在脚尖处安装了电视屏幕的防水靴的草图。如今,所有这些计划都成了人类的损失。

我再一次找到了我都是的那些笔记本。结果表明,在我认为它们已经丢失六个月以后,他们并不在我的自行车挂筐里而是在我空置房间的一个手提袋里。当我一页页捻着这些页面并准备一早跑去专利局时,我发现它们完全都是垃圾。

找到这些笔记本真正警醒了我。我曾经坚定的人为笔记本里充满着精华和创意,然而他们根本不是。我欺骗了自己。

在审视了我的无知以后,我发现这种美好的效果总是会练习到已经彻底失去的东西上。难道我们大家不曾有过这种潜意识吗?在并不遥远的过去,天气更加阳光明媚、电视节目更加有趣、面包店的小圆面包更圆。

除了在形成消极思想方面是个很大的因素之外,所有这一切并不重要。人们总是相信昨天比今天更好。 毕竟,种族主义经常原子与一种错觉,那就是自从他们到来以后事情变得恶化了。如果人们能够回到过去看看,过去并不是想象中的天堂,而只是和今天带了不同的帽子而已。遗憾的是,时光穿梭是不可能的。

直到现在,情况依旧如此。因为我突然记起两三年前在印度的一个餐馆,我丢失了一件皮夹克。并且我绝对肯定的是在皮夹克里有一张我画的草图…….

 

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