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How did Mr. Taylor try to stop the thieves?
The expensive shops in a famous arcade near Piccadilly were just opening. At this time of the morning, the arcade was almost empty. Mr. Taylor, the owner of a jewellery shop was admiring a new window display. Two of his assistants had been working busily since eight o'clock and had only just finished. Diamond necklaces and rings had been beautifully arranged on a background of black velvet. After gazing at the display for several minutes, Mr. Taylor went back into his shop.
The silence was suddenly broken when a large car, with its headlights on and its horn blaring, roared down the arcade. It came to a stop outside the jeweller's. One man stayed at the wheel while two others with black stockings over their faces jumped out and smashed the window of the shop with iron bars. While this was going on, Mr. Taylor was upstairs. He and his staff began throwing furniture out of the window. Chairs and tables went flying into the arcade. One of the thieves was struck by a heavy statue, but he was too busy helping himself to diamonds to notice any pain. The raid was all over in three minutes, for the men scrambled back into the car and it moved off at a fantastic speed. Just as it was leaving, Mr. Taylor rushed out and ran after it throwing ashtrays and vases, but it was impossible to stop the thieves. They had got away with thousands of pounds worth of diamonds.
New words and expressions 生词和短语
velvet(1. 7)/'velvit/ n．天鹅绒，丝绒
headlight(1. 9)/'hedlait/ n．（汽车等）前灯
arcade(1. 1) /a:'keid/n．有拱廊的街道（两旁常设商店）
blare(1. 9) /bleə/ v．发嘟嘟声，吼叫
staff(1. 12) /sta:f/ n．全体工作人员
Piccadilly(1. 1) /'pikə'dili/n．皮卡迪利大街
raid(1. 14) /reid/n．偷袭
jewellery (1. 3)/'dʒu:əlri/n．珠宝（总称）
scramble (1. 14)/'skræmbəl/v．爬行
necklace(1. 5) /'nek-ləs/ n．项链
fantastic(1. 15) /fæn'tæstik/ adj．非常大的
ring(1. 6) /riŋ/ n．戒指
ashtray(1. 16) /'æʃtrei/n．烟灰缸
background(1. 6) /'bækgraund/n．背景
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 Piccadilly, 皮卡迪利，这是伦敦市中心一条著名的街。这条街从海德公园通向一个著名的广场，叫作“皮卡迪利广场”。
2 with its headlights on and its horn blaring, …这是 with引导的独立主格结构，在句中表示伴随状况。
3 but he was too busy helping himself to diamonds to notice any pain.但他只顾忙着抢劫钻石，根本顾不上疼痛了。这里 help oneself to sth. 是“擅自取用，侵占某物”的意思。