口语:看《唐顿庄园》学地道英语(14)

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2015-6-4 15:02

口语:看《唐顿庄园》学地道英语(14)

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Robert: Well, we've given them a memorial in London and a memorial here.
好啦,伦敦和这里的追悼会都办完了。

George Murray: I prefer memorials to funerals. They're less dispiriting.
追悼会更好些 没有葬礼那么压抑

Robert: We could hardly have held a funeral without the bodies.
没有遗体也办不了葬礼。

I gather they're putting up a stone to mark those whose bodies were never found.
我看他们会建一座纪念碑来悼念那些尸骨无存的人。

George Murray: In fact, I hear the Canadians are making quite a thing of the Titanic cemetery.
实际上我听说加拿大人要建泰坦尼克号公墓。

I'm surprised at the number they found. You'd think the sea would have taken more of them.
我对他们所找到的遗体的数字感到惊讶。我本以为还有更多的人都要葬身海底了。

Robert: So, Murray, what have you to tell me about the lucky Mr Crawley?
那么, Murray,你必须告诉我那位幸运的Crawley先生家成员有什么消息呢?

George Murray: Nothing too terrible, I hope.
我希对你来说不是太糟糕的情况。

[ Scene: Murray chuckles.]

[ 情景: Murray轻声地笑了笑。]

George Murray: I've only made a few inquiries but, no, there's not much to alarm you.
我也只是稍作了些打听,您不必太担心。

Matthew Crawley is a solicitor, based in Manchester.
Matthew Crawley是名律师,在曼彻斯特执业。

Robert: Manchester?
曼城?

George Murray: His special field is company law. His mother is alive and he lives with her.
他的专长是公司法。母亲还健在,同他一起生活。

His father, obviously, is not. He was a doctor.
当然啦,父亲过世了,生前是名医生。

Robert: I know. It does seem odd that my third cousin should be a doctor.
我知道我的三堂兄居然是一名医生。

George Murray: There are worse professions.
还有比这更差的职业了。

Robert: Indeed.
确实。
【活学活用】
1. prefer...to... 选择某事物(而不选择他事物); 更喜欢某事物

例句: He prefers coffee to tea.

喝茶相比起来,他更喜欢咖啡。

I prefer walking to cycling.

我愿意步行, 不愿意骑自行车.

3. put up

讲解: 柯林斯词典中解释到:If people put up a wall, building, tent, or other structure, they construct it so that it is upright. 翻译为:建造,搭建。

例句: Protesters have been putting up barricades across a number of major intersections.

抗议者们在许多主要的十字路口设置了路障。

He was putting up a new fence at his home.

他正在为自己家搭建新的篱笆墙。

5. be surprised at:对......感到惊讶,因......感到惊讶

例句: This lady was genuinely surprised at what happened to her pet.

这位女士对发生在自己宠物身上的事感到非常惊讶。

He was apparently much surprised at the news.

他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。