Most of us have formed an unrealistic picture of life on a desert island. We sometimes imagine a desert island to be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines. Life there is simple and good. Ripe fruit falls from the trees and you never have to work. The other side of the picture is quite the opposite. Life on a desert island is wretched. You either starve to death or live like Robinson Crusoe, Waiting for a boat which never comes. Perhaps there is an element of truth in both these pictures, but few us have had the opportunity to find out.
Two men who recently spent five days on a coral island wished they had stayed there longer. They were taking a badly damaged boat from the Virgin Islands to Miami to have it repaired. During the journey, their boat began to sink. They quickly loaded a small rubber dinghy with food, matches, and cans of beer and rowed for a few miles across the Caribbean until they arrived at a tiny coral island. There were hardly any trees on the island and there was no water, but this did not prove to be a problem. The men collected rainwater in the rubber dinghy. As they had brought a spear gun with them, they had plenty to eat. They caught lobster and fish every day，and, as one of them put it 'ate like kings'. When a passing tanker rescued them five days later, both men were genuinely sorry that they had to leave.
form an unrealistic picture of sth.: 对……抱有不切实际的幻想
A large number of people have formed an unrealistic picture of the job.
imagine sth.to be./imagine sth.as
quite the opposite: 恰恰相反
Either you or I am going to the party.
an element of truth: a bit of truth
I wish I hadn't spent so much money.
I wish that you had written to him
如果表达与将来事实相反的情况或将来不可能实现的心愿，that从句中要使用would ,could 等情态动词的过去时
I wish that I could go abroad tomorrow.
I wish that you could come here tomorrow
If only the weather would change.
I wish the weather would change.
We wish that we knew where to look for him.
If only we knew where to look for him.
If only we could have gone to the party.
If only you hadn't said that.
If only you would come here tommorrow.
load with: 把……装载到……上
The workers are loading the truck with goods.
hardly any: very little/few
Hardly anybody likes him because he is so rude.
You hardly eat anything,what's wrong?
prove to be=turn out to be
If only we could have stayed on the desert island a little bit longer.
essential = very necessary 绝对必要的，必不可缺的
fend for oneself: 独立的照料某人
think of sb./sth.as: 把某人、某事看作为...
"few of us": 我们当中，没有几个人
"They quickly loaded a small rubber dinghy with food,matches,and cans of beer and rowed for a few miles across the Caribean until they arrived at tiny coral island" 一般过去时的形式
在表示类指概念的时候，可以采用名词的复数形式；或者运用名词的单数形式，注意冠词的修饰。 (a tree,the tree)
Refrigerators are useful.== A refrigerator is useful.
为做过的事情后悔：regret + 动名词
; "this did not prove to be a problem"
觉得、发现某人或某事怎么样：find sb./sth. to be
They found the trip to be interesting/very exciting.
The car is found to be beautiful.
"as one of them put it"