yoyo 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 6 年前

Short Reading and 2 question

reading the story and answer the question:

THE small locomotive engine, Number 4, came clanking, stumbling down from Selston with seven full waggons. It appeared round the corner with loud threats of speed, but the colt that it startled from among the gorse, which still flickered indistinctly in the raw afternoon, outdistanced it at a canter. A woman, walking up the railway-line to Underwood, drew back into the hedge, held her basket aside, and watched the footplate of the engine advancing. The trucks thumped heavily past, one by one, with slow inevitable movement, as she stood insignificantly trapped beneath the jolting black waggons and the hedge; then they curved away towards the coppice where the withered oak-leaves dropped noiselessly, while the birds, pulling at the scarlet hips beside the track, made off into the dusk that had already crept into the spinney. In the open, the smoke from the engine sank and cleaved to the rough grass. The fields were dreary and forsaken, and in the marshy strip that led to the whimsey*, a reedy pit-pond, the fowls had already abandoned their run among the shaggy black alders, to roost in the tarred fowl-house. The pit-bank loomed up beyond the pond, flames like red sores licking its ashy sides, in the afternoon's stagnant light. Just beyond rose the tapering chimneys and the clumsy black headstocks of Brinsley Colliery. The two wheels were spinning fast up against the sky, and the winding-engine rapped out its little spasms. The miners were being turned up.

task1 :Describe the physical informmation of the 'setting'.


2.Characters and/or images(the most conspicuous ones):

task2:Atmosphere created by figurative language

a.Identify cases of figurative language used(e.g.simile, metaphor, sensory expressions, personification, etc.).

b.Come up with a description of the dominating atmosphere hinted by the use of figurative language as analyzed above.

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  • 6 年前


    Task 1: Describe the physical informmation of the 'setting'.


    1. Place:


    2. Characters and/or images (the most conspicuous ones):


    Task 2: Atmosphere created by figurative language


    a. Identify cases of figurative language used (e.g. simile, metaphor, sensory expressions, personification, etc.).


    b. Come up with a description of the dominating atmosphere hinted by the use of figurative language as analyzed above.



    locomotive (n) 機車; 火車頭

    clank (v) (使)〔金屬〕發出噹啷聲

    stumble (v) 絆腳﹐絆跌﹐絆了一下

    waggon (n) 〔一般由馬拉的〕四輪運貨車

    colt (n) 雄性小馬駒

    startle (v) 吃驚

    gorse (n) 荊豆

    flicker (v) 抖動﹐顫動

    indistinctly (adv) 不清楚地,模糊地

    raw (adj) 濕冷的 (形容天氣時)

    outdistance (v) 遙遙領先於﹐超過

    canter (n) 短暫旅程

    hedge (n) 用樹籬圍起〔地〕

    thump (v) 發出重擊聲; 嘭地作響

    inevitable (adj) 必然發生的﹐難以避免的

    jolt (v) 震動

    coppice (n) 小灌木林,雜樹林

    withered (adj) 枯萎的﹐乾枯的

    dusk (n) 黃昏﹐傍晚

    creep (past tense 是 crept) (v) 悄悄地小心行進

    spinney (n) 小樹林﹐灌木叢

    cleave (v) 劈開; 割開; 裂開

    dreary (adj) 乏味的; 沉悶的

    forsake (v) 遺棄﹐拋棄﹐棄之於不顧

    marshy (adj) 沼澤的;濕地的

    whimsey (n) 怪念頭

    reedy (adj) 蘆葦叢生的

    fowl (n) 鳥﹐飛禽

    shaggy (adj) 〔頭髮﹑毛等〕又長又亂的﹐蓬亂的

    roost (v) 〔鳥類〕棲息

    loom (v) 〔尤指陰森森地〕隱約出現[聳現]

    stagnant (adj) 停滯(不前)的; 不活躍的

    clumsy (adj) 笨拙的﹐不靈活的

    spasm (n) 抽搐