Small boats loaded with wares sped to the great liner as she was entering the harbour. Before she had anchored, the men from the boats had climbed on board and the decks were soon covered with colourful rugs from Persia, silks from India, copper coffee pots, and beautiful handmade silverware. It was difficult not to be tempted. Many of the tourists on board had begun bargaining with the tradesmen, but I decide not to buy anything until I had disembarked.
I had no sooner got off the ship than I was assailed by a man who wanted to sell me a diamond ring. I had no intention of buying one, but I could not conceal the fact that I was impressed by the size of the diamonds. Some of them were as big as marbles. The man went to great lengths to prove that the diamonds were real. As we were walking past a shop, he held a diamond firmly against the window and made a deep impression in the glass. It took me over half an hour to get rid of him.
The next man to approach me was selling expensive pens and watches. I examined one of the pens closely. It certainly looked genuine. At the base of the gold cap, the words 'made in the U.S.A.' had been neatly inscribed. The man said that the pen was worth &10, but as a special favour, he would let me have it for &8. I shook my head and held up a finger indicating that I was willing to pay a pound. Gesticulating wildly, the man acted as if he found my offer out-rageous, but he eventually reduced the price to &3. Shrugging my shoulders, I began to walk away when, a moment later, he ran after me and thrust the pen into my hands. Though he kept throwing up his arms in despair, he readily accepted the pound I gave him. I felt especially pleased with my wonderful bargain--until I got back to the ship. No matter how hard I tried, it was im-possible to fill this beautiful pen with ink and to this day it has never written a single word !
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1, Small boats loaded with wares sped to the great liner as she was entering the harbour.
speed down hill 向山下疾驶
speed up 向山上疾驶
speed by 迅速驶过
Our holiday speed by.
2, I had no intention of buying one, but I could not conceal the fact that I was impressed by the size of the diamonds.
be most impressed by 某人被留下了极深的印象
What impressed me most was 给我印象最深的是
Eg.: What impressed me most was beauty here.
create / give a bad impression on sb. 给......以不良印象
Eg.:If the shop is untidy, it creates a bad impression on potential of customers.
If you don’t work hard, it will create a bad impression on your boss
make a quite impression on sb. 给某人留下极深的印象
Eg.: Your speech made a quite impression on me.
impression n. 印痕
Eg.: He made a deep impression in glass.
3，The man went to great lengths to prove that the diamonds were real.
real: 真的，不是捏造出来的，非人工制造的（= genuine）
true: 与事实或现实符合 ( ≠false )
genuine: 不是伪造的，非人工制造的（常用来修饰金银、字画、古董 ≠fake）
real reason, real fears, real / genuine money, real / genuine diamond
4, It took me over half an hour to get rid of him.
It take sb. sometime to do sth. 花费某人时间做某事
get rid of 摆脱，除去；治好=cure
He can never get rid of his debts. （~ debt ==pay off:还清）
5, The next man to approach me was selling expensive pens and watches.
The next man to approach me:第二个向我兜售的人，靠近我的人
6, I shook my head and held up five fingers indicating that I was willing to pay ￡5.
hold up five fingers indicating that...
Eg.: I held up ten fingers indicating that I was willing to pay $10.
7, Gesticulating wildly, the man acted as if he found my offer outrageous, but he eventually reduced the price to ￡10.
act as if (行为、举止)好像
as if ==as though
8, the man acted as if he found my offer outrageous,
eventually ==at last
9, Shrugging my shoulders, I began to walk away when, a moment later, he ran after me and thrust the pen into my hands.
readily ==willingly 心甘情愿地
be pleased with= be satisfied with 对……感到满意
3．whose 和of which 指代人或事物，作定语。of which 可用whose 代替；
如：The car whose lights (of which the lights/the lights of which) were all broken was my father’s.
如：Peter is the one who everybody believes will fail to bring off the contract. Peter 是那个人人都认为不能完成合同的人。（everybody believes 是插入语）
例：These are the operating instructions that/which are written in English 。
【Multiple choice questions】
1>B merchandise n.商品, 货物（= goods）
-- lay out 摆开, 展示
2>C pester（vt.使烦恼, 纠缠）= assail（vt.攻击, 困扰）
3>B 4>D 5>C 6>A 7>D
resist vt.抵抗, 反抗
-- resist aggression 抵抗侵略 / resist heat 耐热
-- resist temptation 抵制引诱
-- I was unable to resist laughing. 我忍不住笑了。
afterwards adv.然后, 后来地（可以单独使用）
-- soon afterwards, shortly afterwards
after adv.在后, 后来（不能单独使用）
-- two days after
later adv.后来, 过后
-- I will see you later. 等会儿再见。
-- But some time later it began to rain. 但过了些时候开始下雨了。
The later 后者
10>B intend to do 打算做某事
irritating adj.使愤怒的, 使人不愉快的
outrageous adj.无耻的, 可恶的, 令人不可容忍的（= preposterous）
preposterous adj.荒谬的, 可笑的
-- That‘s a preposterous excuse! 那是一个荒谬的藉口!
-- What a preposterous idea! 多么荒谬的想法!
-- a preposterous old woman 一位可笑的老妇人
hilarious adj.热闹的, 高兴的, 狂欢的
= terrible adj.很糟的, 极坏的
12>A No matter how = however