Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
What was the difference between Bruce's behaviour andthat of other people?
The rough road across the plain soon became so bad that we triedto get Bruce to drive back to the village we had come from. Eventhough the road was littered with boulders and pitted with holes, Bruce was not in the least perturbed. Glancing at his map, heinformed us that the next village was a mere twenty miles away. Itwas not that Bruce always underestimated difficulties. He simplyhad 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 the 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 theonly 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 yards and was two 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 whatmight happen, we were back on the plain again. Bruce consulted the map once more and told us that thevillage was now only fifteen miles away. Our next obstacle was a shallow pool of water about half a mileacross. Bruce charged at it, but in the middle, the car came to a grinding halt. A yellow light on the dash-board flashed angrily and Bruce cheerfully announced that there was no oil in the engine!
New Words and Expressions 生词和短语
rough (1. 1) /rʌf/adj. 崎岖不平的
boulder (1. 3) /'bəuldə/ n. 大石块
pit (1. 3) /pit/ v. 使得坑坑洼洼
perturb (1. 4) /pə'tə:b/ v. 使不安
underestimate (1. 6) /'ʌndər'estimeit/ v. 低估
swerve (1. 9) /'swə:v/v. 争转变
scoop (1. 9) /sku:p/ v. 挖出
hammer (1. 10) /'hæmə/ v. (用锤)击打，锤打
ominously (1. 10) /'ɔminəsli/ adv. 有预兆的，不祥的
rip (1. 10) /rip/ v. 划破，撕，扯
petrol (1. 11) /'petrəl/ n. 汽油
stretch (1. 13) /stretʃ/ n. 一大片(平地或水)
obstacle (1. 14) /'ɔbstəkəl/ n. 障碍
clump (1. 14) /klʌmp/ n. 丛，簇
fissure(1. 15)/'fiʃə/n. (石，地的)深缝
renew (1. 15) /ri'nju:/ v. 重复
pleading (1. 15) /pli:diŋ/ n. 恳求
gear (1. 17) /giə/ n. (汽车) 排档
astride (1. 18) /ə'straid/ prep. 骑，跨
crack (1. 18) /kræk/ n. 缝隙
zigzag (1. 18) /'zigzæg/n. “之”字形
halt (1. 21) /hɔ:lt/n. 停
shallow (1. 20) /'ʃæləu/ adj. 浅的
dashboard (11. 21-22) /'dæʃbɔ:d/n. (汽车上的)仪表盘
grind (1. 21) /graind/ (ground/graund/, ground) v. 磨擦
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 get sb. to do sth. ，说服某人做某事。
2 in the least，一点儿也不，完全不。
3 It was not that Bruce always underestimated difficulties. 这并不是说布鲁斯总是低估困难。
4 sooner or later，作“迟早”、”总有一天”讲。
5 giving way to a stretch of plain，出现了一片平原。give way to…，此处作“为……所代替”解。
6 charge at，冲向。