Editors of newspapers and magazines often go to extremes to provide their reader with unimportant facts and statistics. Last year a journalist had been instructed by a well-known magazine to write an article on the president’s palace in a new African republic. When the article arrived, the editor read the first sentence and then refuse to publish it. The article began: ‘Hundreds of steps lead to the high wall which surrounds the president’s palace’. The editor at once sent the journalist a fax instructing him find out the exact number of steps and the height of the wall.
The journalist immediately set out to obtain these important facts, but he took a long time to send them Meanwhile, the editor was getting impatient, for the magazine would soon go to press. He sent the journalist two more faxes, but received no reply. He sent yet another fax informing the journalist that if he did not reply soon he would be fired. When the journalist again failed to reply, the editor reluctantly published the article as it had originally been written. A week later, the editor at last received a fax from the journalist. Not only had the poor man been arrested, but he had been sent to prison as well. However, he had at last been allowed to send a fax in which he informed the editor that the he had been arrested while counting the 1,084 steps leading to the fifteen-foot wall which surrounded the president’s palace.
go to extremes:走极端
provide sb.with sth/provide sth for sb.
He provided them with a bed for the night.
He provided a bed for them for the night
instruct sb.to do sth.=tell sb formally to do sth.正式告诉某人做某事
A well-known magazine instructed a journalist to write an article on the president’s palace in new African republic.
The teacher instructed him to take the examination.
a book on radio
When the article arrived=When the editor received the article
refuse to publish it
which 指代the high wall
set out to do = decide and try to do 决定，打算，着手做…
He set out to make his first 1,000,000 in 5 years.
set about doing
take sb.a long time to do sth.:某事花了某人很久的时间
It took me five days to write the article.
two more faxed=another two faxed
as it bad originally been written=in its original way
The poor man had not only been arrested,but had been sent to prison as well.
Never have I read such stones.
Nowhere can he find the book he wants.
Hardly did I think it possible.
常见的否定副词: never,seldom,rarely,little,hardly,scarcely,nowhere,no sooner
Only then did he realize that he had made a mistake.
Only when a great deal more information has been obtained will it be possible to plan a trip.
not for a moment,not in the least,not for an instant,not until
Not in the least is he interested in English literature.
Not for an instant did I believe he had lied.
at on time,in no way ,in no sence,by no means,in no case,on no account,on no condition,under no circumstances“决不”
Under no circumstances can we accept the check.
On no account must you leave the baby in the house.
so such 位于句首，句子要倒装
he had at last been allowed=he had at last been permitted
=he had asked for permission
请求允许，被允许：be allowed to do,be permitted to do,asked for permission to do sth.
in which –which指代fax
while he was counting
the steps leading to the president’s palace
the road leading to the forest
1.Not only has he made this mistake before but he will make it again.
2.Only then did I realize what was happening
3.Never will I trust him again.
4.Seldom do you find traffic wardens who are kind and helpful.
Having seen the movie,they went for a walk.
7.B unless=if not
8.C inform sb.of(about)sth
10. C print=publish
12. D 请求允许做某事：ask for permission to do sth.
允许某人做某事：be given permission to do sth.