The rough across the plain soon became so bad that we tried to get Bruce to drive back to the village we had come from. Even though the road was littered with boulders and pitted with holes, Bruce was not in the least perturbed. Glancing at his map, he informed us that the next village was a mere twenty miles away. It was not that Bruce always underestimated difficulties. He simply had no sense of danger at all. No matter what the conditions were, he believed that a car should be driven as fast as it could possibly go.
As we bumped over eh dusty track, we swerved to avoid large boulders. The wheels scooped up stones which hammered ominously under the car. We felt sure that sooner or later a stone would rip a hole in our petrol tank or damage the engine. Because of this, we kept looking back, wondering if we were leaving a trail of oil and petrol behind us.
What a relief it was when the boulders suddenly disappeared, giving way to a stretch of plain where the only obstacles were clumps of bushes. But there was worse to come. Just ahead of us there was a huge fissure. In response to renewed pleadings, Bruce stopped. Though we all got out to examine the fissure, he remained in the car. We informed him that the fissure extended for fifty years and was tow feet wide and four feet deep. Even this had no effect. Bruce went into a low gear and drove at a terrifying speed, keeping the front wheels astride the crack as he followed its zigzag course. Before we had time to worry about what might happen, we were back on the plain again. Bruce consulted the map once more and told us that the village was now only fifteen miles away. Our next obstacle was a shallow pool of water about half a mile across. Bruce charged at it, but in the middle, the car came to a grinding half. A yellow light on the dashboard flashed angrily and Bruce cheerfully announced that there was no oil in the engine!
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1.The rough road across the plain soon became so bad that we tried to get Bruce to drive back to the village we had come from.
get sb to do sth: persuade / advise sb. to do
so...that 太...以至于...为关联词, 引导结果状从.
we had come from. 定语从句, 由于先行词village 在从句中作介词 from 的宾语,因此在village 与从句间省略了关系代词 that/which.
2.Even though the road was littered with boulders and pitted with holes, Bruce was not in the least perturbed.
not in the least= not at all / not a bit/ not the least bit 一点也不, 通常用于否定句, 疑问句或条件句中.
Are you in the least interesting in becoming a teacher?
be littered with 布满;be pitted with 因...而坑坑洼洼. 他们共用一个主语 the road ,使句子更简洁.
3. It was not that Bruce always underestimated difficulties.
not that 并不是说...并非...多用于口语有时作插入语,对所说情况作进一步说明
We were allowed to rest, not that much of the night remained.
有时用 not that...but (that)...表示"不是...而是..."
It was not that Bruce always underestimated difficulties, but he simply had no sence of danger at all.
4.We felt sure that sooner or later a stone would rip a hole in our petrol tank or damage the engine.
sooner or later 迟早,作时间状语.
If you drive like that, sooner or later you'll have an accident.
5.Because of this, we kept looking back, wondering if we were leaving a trail of oil and petrol behind us.
keep doing sth: 除表示连续不断的动作或持续状态外,还表示反复发生的动作.
look back 回头看 wondering 从句做伴随状况状语
6.What a relief it was when the boulders suddenly disappeared, giving way to a stretch of plain where the only obstacles were clumps of bushes. What 感叹词
give way to 为......所代替. 现在分词作结果状语.
The great clouds gradually broke up and give way to blue sky.
7.But there was worse to come.
to come 动词不定式作定语.修饰worse
8. In response to renewed pleadings, Bruce stopped.
in response to : in reaction to
In reponse to an invitation we attended the meeting.
9.We informed him that the fissure extended for fifty yards and was two feet wide and four feet deep.
two feet wide and four feet deep 数量词+度量单位+ wide/deep 指...宽/深
10.Before we had time to worry about what might happen, we were back on the plain again.
当用Before表示"在...没有...之前" 或" 在未来得及...前" 的意思时, Before只能用于肯定式中表达否定含义. 而不能将其用于否定式中.
11. A yellow light on the dash- board flashed angrily and Bruce cheerfully announced that there was no oil in the engine!
angrily 形容"灯",是拟人手法, 与cheerfully 以对比形式出现. 形成修辞--对照法. 即将相反或相对的两个意思或两个词以对等的结构安排在句中,形成对照, 增强表达效果.
grind (ground, ground)
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