Customs Officers are quite tolerant these days, but they can still stop you when you are going through the Green Channel and have nothing to declare. Even really honest people are often made to feel guilty. The hardened professional smuggler, on the other hand, is never troubled by such feelings, even if he has five hundred gold watches hidden in his suitcase. When I returned form abroad recently, a particularly officious young Customs Officer clearly regarded me as a smuggler.
'Have you anything to declare?' he asked, looking me in the eye.
'No', I answered confidently.
'Would you mind unlocking this suitcase please?'
'Not at all,' I answered.
The Officer went through the case with great care. All the thing I had packed so carefully were soon in a dreadful mess. I felt sure I would never be able to close the case again. Suddenly, I saw the Officer's face light up. He had spotted a tiny bottle at the bottom of my case and he pounced on it with delight.
'Perfume, eh?' he asked sarcastically. 'You should have declared that. Perfume is not exempt from import duty.'
'But it isn't perfume,' I said. 'It's hair gel.' Then I added with a smile, 'It's a strange mixture I make myself.'
As I expected, he did not believe me.
'Try it!' I said encouragingly.
The officer unscrewed the cap and put the bottle to his nostrils. He was greeted by an unpleasant smell which convinced him that I was telling the truth. A few minutes later, I was able to hurry away with precious chalk marks on my baggage.
a really officious person
A fairly good book.
A rather good book/Rather a good book
Even really honest people...
a particularly officious young Customs officer...
the Green Channel=the Custom Office
are made to feel guilty
We heard someone come up the stairs
Someone was heard to come up the stairs
(on the one hand...)on the other hand
On the one hand we could stay and help you,but on the other hand it might be better i f you went to help him instead
higgen in his suitcase
Even if/though he has five hundred golden watches that are hidden in his suitcase.
looking me in the eys. 两眼直盯盯的注视着我
look sb.in the face,stare sb.in the eys=look directly at sb.
Not one of the men dared look him in the eye.
Would you mind unlocking this suitcase please?
The Officer went through the case with great care.
==The Officer examined the case carefully
with great care……强调相当的仔细
in a mess: 乱作一团
秩序井然；in good order
身体健康：in good health
心境好： in a good mood
脾气好： in a good temper
Masha's face lit up when she saw her old friend.
His face lighted up at the small triumph.
Tom really lighted up when he saw the new bicycle.
一支被点燃的雪茄：a lighted cigar
点燃的火炬：a lighted stick
pounce on :向...猛扑过去，对...大作文章
The policeman pounced on the thief.
Don't pounce on my mistake.
You should have arrived here five minutes earlier.
You should have told me about it.
本不应该做某事：shouldn't have done
exempt: 免除的，被免除的 be～from
Drinks are not exempt from import duty.
As we know,the earth is round(众所周知）
As Brian pointed out,...(正如...所指出的）
正如我很快得知的：as I soon learned
He was greeted by an unpleasant smell..
I woke up and was greeted by a bird's song.
Inside the room a dreaduful mess greeted us.
When he went into the kitchen,a smell greeted him.
5.C look him in the eye/face=look directly at him
6.B Would you kindly do sth.please?
7.A should: ought to
8.A Having finished his homework ,he went to bed.
9.C 宽容的，好相处的 B 平静的
A 能忍耐的，可忍受的 D 疏忽的
10 A feel ashamed of
A: unable to be understood
The article is full of incomprehensible technical expressions.
What you said is incredible.
D: unwilling to believe