We have learnt to expect that trains will be punctual. After years of conditioning, most of us have developed an unshakable faith in railway timetables. Ships may be delayed by storms; flights may be cancelled because of bad weather, but trains must be on time. Only an exceptionally heavy snowfall might temporarily dislocate railway services. It is all too easy to blame the railway authorities when something does go wrong. The truth is that when mistakes occur, they are more likely to be ours than theirs.
After consulting my railway timetable, I noted with satisfaction that was an express train to Westhaven. It went direct from my local station and the journey lasted mere hour and seventeen minutes. When I boarded the train, I could not help noticing that a great many local people got on as well. At the time, this did not strike me as odd. I reflected that there must be a great many local people besides myself who wished to take advantage of this excellent service. Neither was I surprise when the train stopped at Widley, a tiny station a few miles along the line. Even a mighty express train can be held up by signals. But when the train dawdled at station after station, I began to wonder, It suddenly dawned on me that this express was not roaring down the line at ninety miles an hour, but barely chugging along at thirty. One hour and seventeen minutes passed and we had not even covered half the distance. I asked a passenger if this was the Westhaven Express, but he had not even heard of it. I determined to lodge a complaint as soon as we arrived. Two hours later, I was talking angrily to the station master at Westhaven. When he denied the train's existence, I borrowed his copy of the timetable. There was a note of triumph in my voice when I told him that it was there in black and white. Glancing at it briefly, he told me to look again. A tiny asterisk conducted me to a footnote at the bottom of the page. It said: 'This service has been suspended.'
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1.We have learnt to expect that trains will be punctual.
We have learnt to expect that... : 我们已经习惯于期盼......
2.After years of conditioning, most of us have developed an unshakable faith in railway timetables.
developed an unshakable faith in :对......产生了......样的信念
I advise you not to put your faith in such a remedy.
3.Only an exceptionally heavy snow fall might temporarily dislocate railway services.
4.It is all too easy to blame the railway authorities when something does go wrong.
too...to句型中，在too前出现了all, only, but, not等词的时候，to就有肯定意义
句子中It 为先行词,在句子中作形式主语,to blame...这一 短语在句子中作逻辑主语.
5.The truth is that when mistakes occur, they are more likely to be ours than theirs.
be likely to do 有可能 ...
You are likely to get success if you work hard.
It is likely that...
It is likely that he arrived here in time.
when 为从属连词,在 that引导的从句中引导一个时间状语从句
ours & theirs均为斜体,表强调. ours=our mistakes, theirs=their mistakes.
6.After consulting my railway timetable, I noted with satisfaction that there was an express train to Westhaven.
After talking to you I always feel better.
with satisfaction 满意地. 为介词"with+抽象名词"构成的短语结构, 作状语,修饰noted . 句中 that为关系连词,引导其后的宾语从句.
7.It went direct from my local station and the journey lasted a mere hour and seventeen minutes.
8.When I boarded the train, I could not help noticing that a great many local people got on as well. At the time, this did not strike me as odd.
could not help doing...禁不住做...其后接名词,代词,或动名词
Many poeple can't help admiring the picture when they look at it.
strike sb as 给某人以......印象，使某人感到; as后面可以接分词、名词、形容词搭配连用。
Your plan struck me as rather impracticel.
9. I reflected that there must be a great many people besides myself who wished to take advantage of this excellent service.
take advantage of 利用.在使用这个短语时, 在介词of 后可以是人,也可以是物,作宾语.但所表示的意义不同.
Don't try to take advantage of me; I know fully well what you are up to.
I should like to take advantageof this oppertunity to express my thanks for your help. (褒义)
He always thaks full advantage of the mistakes made by his revals. (贬义)
10.Neither was I surprised when the train stopped at Widley.
Neither: 当要说明某人,某事或某种情况与前面提到的相同,并且均为否定含义时, 可以使用Neither引导的这个句子.但必须倒装语序.
I admit I have made a mistake, neither do I deny the serious consequences it may have.
11.Even a mighty express train can be held up by signals.
hold up: =hold back, hinder, prevent
12.It suddenly dawned on me that this express was not roaring down the line at ninety miles an hour
dawn on sb 渐渐被某人明白
The idea suddenly dawned on me.
13.There was a note of triumph in my voice when I told him that it was there in black and white
a note of: 有一丝...
black and white: 白纸黑字
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