We often read in novels how a seemingly respectable person or family has some terrible secret which has been concealed from strangers for years. The English language possesses a vivid saying to describe this sort of situation. The terrible secret is called 'a skeleton in the cupboard '. At some dramatic moment in the story the terrible secret becomes known and a reputation is ruined. The reader's hair stands on end when he reads in the final pages of the novel that the heroine, a dear old lady who had always been so kind to everybody, had, in her youth, poisoned every one of her five husbands.
It is all very well for such things to occur in fiction. To varying degrees, we all have secrets which we do not want even our closest friends to learn, but few of us have skeletons in the cupboard. The only person I know who has a skeleton in the cupboard is George Carlton, and he is very proud of the fact. George studied medicine in his youth. Instead of becoming a doctor, however, he became a successful writer of detective stories. I once spent an uncomfortable weekend which I shall never forget at his house. George showed me to the guestroom which, he said, was rarely used. He told me to unpack my things and then come down to dinner. After I had stacked my shirts and underclothes in two empty drawers, I decided to hang one of the two suits I had brought with me in the cupboard. I opened the cupboard door and then stood in front of it petrified. A skeleton was dangling before my eyes. The sudden movement of the door made it sway slightly and it gave me the impression that it was about to leap out at me. Dropping my suit, I dashed downstairs to tell George. This was worse than 'a terrible secret'; this was a real skeleton ! But George was unsympathetic. 'Oh, that,' he said with a smile as if he were talking about an old friend. 'That's Sebastian. You forget that I was a medical student once upon a time.'
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1, We often read in novels how a seemingly respectable person or family has some terrible secret which has been concealed from strangers for years
has some terrible secret
seemingly: 9=from appearence )从表面上看来，
a seemingly respectable person:表面上受尊重的人
2, At some dramatic moment in the story the terrible secret becomes known and a reputation is ruined.
ruin 泛指概念，表示毁坏的过程不是一下完成的 （spoil ）
The rain ruined / spoiled our holiday.
The earthquake destroyed almost entired city.
3， The reader's hair stands on end when he reads in the final pages of the novel that the heroine, a dear old lady who had always been so kind to everybody, had, in her youth, poisoned every one of her five husbands
one's hair stands on end :某人感到毛骨悚然的
I thought I was alone in my room until I heard the mysterious noice again, and my hair stands on .
4, It is all very well for such things to occur in fiction
take place: 事件根据安排“举行”
Eg.: When did the accident happen / occur?
It occured to me that / to do.
It occured to me to open the window.
When will the wedding take place
5, To varying degrees, we all have secrets which we do not want even our closest friends to learn
I learned that I had passed the test.
She knows about computers.
She is learning about computers.
instead of + doing----表示相反、没有、取而代之的是.......
6, I opened the cupboard door and then stood in front of it petrified.
stood in front of sth. petrified: 站在…前，目瞪口呆
afraid (of ): 表示一种状态，永久性的恐惧
7, The sudden movement of the door made it sway slightly and it gave me the impression that it was about to leap out at me.
it gave me the impression that:给某人以印象
make a lasting impression on sb: 给某人以不可磨灭的印象
have a false impression of sb: 对某人有错误的看法
give sb impression that: 给某人印象
impress sb with sth 用…给某人留下印象.
8, The sudden movement of the door made it sway slightly and it gave me the impression that it was about to leap out at me.
be about to do sth.: 即将，就要。暗示动作即将发生（多与when连用）
I was about to go to bed when there was a knock at the door.
例如：The supermarket which was opened two months ago is now closed down
【Multiple choice questions】
1>A in what respect 在什么方面 （rarely adv.很少地, 罕有地）
-- I spoke to him concerning his behavior. 我和他谈了他的行为。
2>C Underwear n.内衣裤
这样的名词前都有序数词：the first person, the only person, the last person
6>B something 有价值的事, 有意义的事（代词：有价值或重要的人或物）
what = all 全部（范围太广）
7>A no sooner…than…
9>D owe vt.欠(债等) vi.欠钱
has = own（vt.拥有adj.自己的）
uncommonly adv.不平常的, 不平凡的, 罕见地
preciously adv.宝贵的, 贵重的
item n.项目, 条款, 物品
object n.物体, 目标, 宾语, 对象
trunk n.树干, 躯干, 箱子, 象鼻
belongings n.财产, 所有物 = possession n.（私人）财产（常用复数）
be about to do… = be on the point of… 即将、即可做某事
be concerned with 对…关心, 与...有关, 牵涉到, 参与
think of v.考虑, 关心, 想起