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Many primitive peoples believed that by eating an animal they could get some of the good qualities of that animal for themselves. They thought, for example, that eating deer would make them run as fast as the deer. Some savage tribes believed that eating enemies that had shown bravery in battle would make them brave. Man-eating may have started because people were eager to become as strong and brave as their enemies. Among civilized people it was once thought that ginger root by some magical power could improve the memory. Eggs were thought to make the voice pretty. Tomatoes also were believed to have magical powers. They were called love apples and were supposed to make people who ate them fall in love. Later another wrong idea about tomatoes grew up - the idea that they were poisonous. How surprised the people who thought tomatoes poisonous would be if they could know that millions of pounds of tomatoes were supplied to soldiers overseas during World War II. Even today there are a great many wrong ideas about food. Some of them are very widesp. One such idea is that fish is the best brain food. Fish is good brain food just as it is good muscle food and skin food and bone food. But no one has been able to prove that fish is any better for the brain than many other kinds of food. Another such idea is that you should not drink water with meals. Washing food down with water as a substitute for chewing is not a good idea, but some water with meals has been found to be helpful. It makes the digestive juices flow more freely and helps to digest the food. Many of the ideas which scientists tell us have no foundation have to do with mixtures of foods. A few years ago the belief became general that orange juice and milk should never be drunk at the same meal. The reason given was that the acid in the orange juice would make the milk curdle and become indigestible. As a matter of fact, milk always meets in the stomach a digestive juice which curdles it; the curdling of the milk is the first step in its digestion. A similar wrong idea is that fish and ice cream when eaten at the same meal form a poisonous combination. Still another wrong idea about mixing foods is that proteins and carbohydrates should never be eaten at the same meal. Many people think of b, for example, as a carbohydrate food. It is chiefly a carbohydrate food, but it also contains proteins. In the same way, milk, probably the best single food, contains both proteins and carbohydrates. It is just as foolish to say that one should never eat meat and potatoes together as it is to say that one should never eat b or drink milk. 许多原始时代的人都相信,若是吃了某种动物就能得到那种动物所具备的某些优良特性。例如,他们认为,若是吃鹿肉就能跑得跟鹿一样快。某些野蛮中部落的吃人生番相信,若把在战斗中表现得很勇敢的敌人的肉吃掉了,那就会使自己变得勇敢。因为那些人很想使自己变得像敌人一样地强壮和勇敢,这才开始有了人吃人的作法。 在开化了的人们当中,一度认为生姜的根,有种魔力可以改善人的;认为蛋类的食品能使人的嗓音变得甜美;西红柿也有些魔力,把西红柿叫***情苹果,人们认为吃了西红柿的人会堕入情网。 关于西红柿后来又生出来一种错误观点--西红柿有毒。在第二次世界大战期间,数百万磅的西红柿曾供应给海外的士兵食用,那些认为西红柿有毒的人们,若是知道了这一史实,他们该会大吃一惊。 即使在今天,关于饮食也有许许多多的错误观点。其中有些错误观点流传甚广。 一种错误观点就是认为鱼是最佳的健脑食品。之所以认为鱼是一种很好的健脑食品,只是因为吃鱼对人的肌肉、皮肤和骨骼发育有好处。但是没有任何人能明鱼对人的大脑比其他许多种食物都更加有什么好处。 还有一种错误观点就是,就餐时不应该喝水,用水作为一种咀嚼的代替物而把食物冲下去到胃里并不是一个好点子。但是人们发现就餐时喝点水的确有好处,水可以使胃的消化液更加自由地流动,这有助于消化食物。 有些科学家告诉我们的许多观点都是些根本没什么根据的。之所以有这些没根没据的观点都是由于各种食物的互相搭配不当所产生的。几年前有种看法很普遍,那就是在同一餐中绝不应当又喝橙汁又喝牛奶,因为橙汁中的酸性物质会使牛奶凝结成乳块因而消化不了。事实上,牛奶在胃里总会遇到胃的消化液,而这种胃液总是要把牛奶变成乳块的。把牛奶变成乳块是在消化牛奶的过程中的第一个步骤。还有一种类似的错误观点,就是在同一餐中又吃鱼肉又吃冰淇淋(甜筒)会形成一种有毒的化合物。 关于搭配食物还有一种错误观点,那就是在同一餐中不能既吃蛋白质又吃碳水化合物(淀粉)。例如,很多人认为砚是碳水化合物(淀粉)食品。是的,面包里主要是淀粉,可是面包里也含有蛋白质。同理,牛奶也许是既含有蛋白质也含有淀粉的最好的一种食品了。如果说不能把肉和土豆一起吃,这正像说不能吃面包同时又喝牛奶一样,这两种说法都是同样愚蠢的。 Article/200802/27804AmbitionIt is not difficult to imagine a world short of ambition. It would probably be a kinder world: without demands, without abrasions, without disappointments. People would have time for reflection. Such work as they did would not be for themselves but for the collectivity. Competition would never enter in. conflict would be eliminated, tension become a thing of the past. The stress of creation would be at an end. Art would no longer be troubling, but purely celebratory in its functions. Longevity would be increased, for fewer people would die of heart attack or stroke caused by tumultuous endeavor. Anxiety would be extinct. Time would stretch on and on, with ambition long departed from the human heart.Ah, how unrelieved boring life would be!There is a strong view that holds that success is a myth, and ambition therefore a sham. Does this mean that success does not really exist? That achievement is at bottom empty? That the efforts of men and women are of no significance alongside the force of movements and events now not all success, obviously, is worth esteeming, nor all ambition worth cultivating. Which are and which are not is something one soon enough learns on one’s own. But even the most cynical secretly admit that success exists; that achievement counts for a great deal; and that the true myth is that the actions of men and women are useless. To believe otherwise is to take on a point of view that is likely to be deranging. It is, in its implications, to remove all motives for competence, interest in attainment, and regard for posterity.We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death. But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or in drift. We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do. But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed. In the end, forming our own destiny is what ambition is about.抱负一个缺乏抱负的世界将会怎样,这不难想象。或许,这将是一个更为友善的世界:没有渴求,没有磨擦,没有失望。人们将有时间进行反思。他们所从事的工作将不是为了他们自身,而是为了整个集体。竞争永远不会介入;冲突将被消除。人们的紧张关系将成为过往云烟。创造的重压将得以终结。艺术将不再惹人费神,其功能将纯粹为了庆典。人的寿命将会更长,因为由激烈拼争引起的心脏病和中风所导致的死亡将越来越少。焦虑将会消失。时光流逝,抱负却早已远离人心。啊,长此以往人生将变得多么乏味无聊!有一种盛行的观点认为,成功是一种神话,因此抱负亦属虚幻。这是不是说实际上并不丰在成功?成就本身就是一场空?与诸多运动和事件的力量相比,男男女女的努力显得微不足?显然,并非所有的成功都值得景仰,也并非所有的抱负都值得追求。对值得和不值得的选择,一个人自然而然很快就能学会。但即使是最为愤世嫉俗的人暗地里也承认,成功确实存在,成就的意义举足轻重,而把世上男男女女的所作所为说成是徒劳无功才是真正的无稽之谈。认为成功不存在的观点很可能造成混乱。这种观点的本意是一笔勾销所有提高能力的动机,求取业绩的兴趣和对子孙后代的关注。我们无法选择出生,无法选择父母,无法选择出生的历史时期与国家,或是成长的周遭环境。我们大多数人都无法选择死亡,无法选择死亡的时间或条件。但是在这些无法选择之中,我们的确可以选择自己的生活方式:是勇敢无畏还是胆小怯懦,是光明磊落还是厚颜无耻,是目标坚定还是随波逐流。我们决定生活中哪些至关重要,哪些微不足道。我们决定,用以显示我们自身重要性的,不是我们做了什么,就是我们拒绝做些什么。但是不论世界对我们所做的选择和决定有多么漠不关心,这些选择和决定终究是我们自己做出的。我们决定,我们选择。而当我们决定和选择时,我们的生活便得以形成。最终构筑我们命运的就是抱负之所在。 Article/200908/81180

Sandra had not been to Las Vegas in more than a year. She was excited. Her sister Janice was coming by to pick her up in about ten minutes. Sandra finished putting her toothbrush and toothpaste into her travel bag; those were the last two items on her “to pack” list.She had called ahead, of course, to get a room for Janice and herself. The hotel told her that no more rooms were available at the price that was advertised in the newspaper. This was no surprise to Sandra. So, she put down a 0 nonrefundable deposit on a room for two nights. The cost for both nights was going to be 0 plus taxes, surcharges, and other fees.She looked at her watch. Janice was late, of course. Sandra had forgotten to remind Janice of today’s departure time. To put it kindly, Janice was not exactly the most organized person in the world. Sandra called Janice up. She left a short message: “Where are you? It’s time to go to Vegas!”A few minutes later, Janice called back. She had a big problem—a schedule conflict. She had aly promised to attend her daughter’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony this very weekend.“Oh, Sandra, I’m so sorry,” Janice said. “I know how much you had wanted to do this. I thought Alice’s graduation ceremony and party were next week. I get so confused sometimes. I’ll make this up to you, I promise. Maybe you can call up Lily; she might be available, even though it’s really short notice. If not, don’t worry, I’ll pay you for everything and we can make plans again.”Sandra sighed and dialed her friend Lily. She wondered how Janice had made it through life so unorganized. Article/201107/144904

  

  PART THREE - A YOUNG WOMAN AT THORNFIELDCHAPTER FIFTEENThe New Mrs. Rochester"You want to marry me?" I cried. "But I have no money, no family, and no friends in the world!""I don't care, Jane! Say yes, quickly! It's cruel to make me suffer like this! Give me your hand and say, 'Edward, I'll marry you'!" he cried. His face was pale in the moonlight."Mr. Rochester, are you serious? Do you really love me? Do you honestly want me to be your wife?" I asked seriously, looking at him."[-----1-----].""Then, Edward, I will marry you.""My darling Jane!" He held me in his arms for a long time. I felt as if I was inside a dream. Once he whispered, "No family! That's good. No family to worry about!" and then, "I don't care what people think!" and again and again, "Are you happy, Jane?" I could not speak, I was so happy at the thought of being with him forever.The weather had changed while we had been talking. The sky grew dark, and the rainc ame down suddenly. We ran back to the house, holding hands and laughing. We were very wet when we arrived at Thornfield. We did not notice Mrs. Fairfax standing in a corner of the room, watching us."Good night, my darling!" Mr. Rochester said, kissing me many times. As I ran upstairs, I suddenly saw the old lady. She looked shocked."Tomorrow I'll explain everything to her," I thought. At that moment, [-----2-----]. Mr. Rochester loved me!Outside, there was a terrible storm that lasted all night. In the morning we saw that [-----3-----]. 填空 :1、I swear it我发誓。2、I was too happy to think about anything except my happiness我太高兴了,除了我的幸福感,再也无暇顾及别的。3、a large old tree in the garden, which had stood for hundreds of years, had been hit by lightning and torn in half花园里一棵以挺立几百年的大古树被雷击中,劈成了两半。 Vocabulary Focusagain and again:反反复复,有时为表示强调,再加一个“and again”,即为“again and again and again”。 Article/200905/70521。

  鱼仆人从胳膊下面拿出一封很大的信,这信几乎有他身子那么大,然后把信递给那一个,同时还用严肃的声调说:“致公爵夫人:王后邀请她去玩槌球。”那位青蛙仆人只不过把语序变了一下,用同样严肃的声调重复着说:“王后的邀请:请公爵夫人去玩槌球。”Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollCHAPTER VI Pig and PepperFor a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the wood--(she considered him to be a footman because he was in livery: otherwise, judging by his face only, she would have called him a fish)--and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles. It was opened by another footman in livery, with a round face, and large eyes like a frog; and both footmen, Alice noticed, had powdered hair that curled all over their heads. She felt very curious to know what it was all about, and crept a little way out of the wood to listen. The Fish-Footman began by producing from under his arm a great letter, nearly as large as himself, and this he handed over to the other, saying, in a solemn tone, `For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet.' The Frog-Footman repeated, in the same solemn tone, only changing the order of the words a little, `From the Queen. An invitation for the Duchess to play croquet.' Article/201101/123106

  班纳特先生一边把信折好,一边说。“他倒是个很有良心、很有礼貌的青年,一定是的;我相信他一定会成为一个值得器重的朋友,只要咖苔琳夫人能够开开恩,让他以后再上我们这儿来,那更好啦。”;Hunsford, near Westerham, Kent, 15th October.;Dear Sir, --;The disagreement subsisting between yourself and my late honoured father always gave me much uneasiness, and since I have had the misfortune to lose him, I have frequently wished to heal the breach; but for some time I was kept back by my own doubts, fearing lest it might seem disrespectful to his memory for me to be on good terms with anyone with whom it had always pleased him to be at variance. --#39;There, Mrs. Bennet. #39;--My mind, however, is now made up on the subject, for having received ordination at Easter, I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh, whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish, where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her ladyship, and be ever y to perform those rites and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England. As a clergyman, moreover, I feel it my duty to promote and establish the blessing of peace in all families within in the reach of my influence; and on these grounds I flatter myself that my present overtures are highly commendable, and that the circumstance of my being next in the entail of Longbourn estate will be kindly overlooked on your side, and not lead you to reject the offered olive-branch. I cannot be otherwise than concerned at being the means of injuring your amiable daughters, and beg leave to apologise for it, as well as to assure you of my iness to make them every possible amends--but of this hereafter. If you should have no objection to receive me into your house, I propose myself the satisfaction of waiting on you and your family, Monday, November 18th, by four o#39;clock, and shall probably trespass on your hospitality till the Saturday se#39;ennight following, which I can do without any inconvenience, as Lady Catherine is far from objecting to my occasional absence on a Sunday, provided that some other clergyman is engaged to do the duty of the day. --I remain, dear sir, with respectful compliments to your lady and daughters, your well-wisher and friend,;WILLIAM COLLINS;;At four o#39;clock, therefore, we may expect this peace-making gentleman, ; said Mr. Bennet, as he folded up the letter. ;He seems to be a most conscientious and polite young man, upon my word, and I doubt not will prove a valuable acquaintance, especially if Lady Catherine should be so indulgent as to let him come to us again. ;;There is some sense in what he says about the girls, however, and if he is disposed to make them any amends, I shall not be the person to discourage him. ;;Though it is difficult, ; said Jane, ;to guess in what way he can mean to make us the atonement he thinks our due, the wish is certainly to his credit. ; Article/201107/144096PART TWO - GOING TO SCHOOL?CHAPTER TWOGoing to School?I tried to please Mrs. Reed, but she always believed I was bad, when it was her children who were the terrible ones. She always thought the worst of me. It was not surprising that I hated her. Now she was going to ruin my chances of a new life at school, by making Mr. Brocklehurst think I was wicked."Do not worry, Mrs. Reed," Mr. Brocklehurst said. "The teachers will watch her carefully. Life at Lowood will be good for her. We believe that sutdents should have hard work, [-----1-----] food, simple clothes and no fun of any kind.""I will send her as soon as possible. I hope she will learn about her low position in life.""Indeed she will, Mrs. Reed. I hope she is grateful for everything you are doing for her. Little girl, this book. It tells the story of the [-----2-----] death of a young girl who was a liar. Read and pray to God."After Mr. Brocklehurst had left, I felt I had to speak. I was too angry to hide my feelings. I walked up to Mrs. Reed and looked her [-----3-----] in the eye."Mrs. Reed, I do not lie to people! If I was a liar, i would say I loved you! But I don't--I hate you! I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. If anyone asks how you treated me, I will tell them the truth, that you were cruel to me. You never gave me a chance to show you that I am a good girl. People think you are a good woman, but you are lying to them!"At last I had said what I really felt! It made me feel much better, even though I did not know what Mrs. Reed would do to me. But I saw that she looked frightened and unhappy."Jane, I want to be your friend. You don't know what you are saying. You are too excited and angry. Go to your room and lie down.""No, Mrs. Reed. I don't need to lie down. I'm very calm. Send me to school soon, Mrs. Reed. Then we will both be happier. I hate living here.""I will indeed send her soon," Mrs. Reed said to herself.Vocabulary Focusbe grateful to sb. for sth./doing sth. 感激某人做某事。例:I'm grateful to you for your help.(我感谢你的帮助。)填空 :1.plain2.sudden3.straightArticle/200903/65727Inmates released two correctional officers they had held for a week in the tower at the state prison complex. The inmates captured the officers a week ago after the two officers tried to quell a food fight in the main dining room. The food fight erupted when the prisoners discovered that their candy ration had been cut in half. The candy is a popular bartering item. Inmates trade it for cigarettes, cigars, magazines, stationery, legal dictionaries, and other items. Prison officials said it was necessary to cut back on this luxury item in order to provide basic items, like soap and razors and toilet paper. The prisoners went berserk over the reduction. They threw food, plates, and silverware at the doors, windows, and guards. Then they grabbed two guards and hauled them up to the tower. Once they had the tower door secured, they sent messages to prison officials demanding big bags of candy in exchange for sparing the guards’ lives. The warden complied with their demands. After a week of negotiations, the prisoners approved a deal which restored their candy ration, but in return the administration said they would have to reduce daily soap allotments by 75 percent. Article/201106/141257

  Time isn't on my side. Another year has passed, and the completion of my junior year is the essence of my thought. What a year it has been.I ritually write a column summarizing the new theories of each of my years. Now I'm a 20-year-old college student, bittersweet at having one year remaining. I have 10 points to share on my latest stop on my journey to commencement. #8226;The navigating one. Why can college be so utopian, so realistic, but so unrealistic? I've been fortunate this year to get most things my way. But my encouragement to freshmen is stick to the fight. The race is given to the swift, but you must see the goal before you take off running. Find your niche on campus, and maximize your potential in that domain.#8226;The prodigious two: Academic and extra-curricular achievement is important, but communication skills and personality are a must! Personality is everything. Look at the world's most famous celebrities—they have talent, but personality is the driving force in their success. If you don't have it, you won't make it—plain and simple.#8226;The third eye. Know your value. You don't have to be arrogant or overly cocky. Never settle for less—in relationships, jobs or grades. A man must know his value in a world where he is constantly marketing himself. But don't value yourself so highly you are unable to learn from others.#8226;The sniping four: Don't let your college experience overshadow your family. Fall semester, I realized my college career was taking up so much of my life that I was neglecting my family. I quickly fixed the problem. Habitat my need your help building a house, but don't let your family's framework fall apart at home.#8226;The oracle five: This is for those who make the laws and regulations we live by. Please don't be naive. Just because it's illegal doesn't mean students are not doing it! Students, dont’be naive and think Crimewatch won't discover you. We're not immune to anything.#8226;Nostradamus six. Things may change, but we still have room to grow. Downtown has finally opened up to the black students. We can have parties and events comfortably at a few of the downtown clubs—which has been lacking. All downtown clubs don't have a welcome mat. They claim their insurance policy doesn't cover "hip-hop parties."#8226;The turbulent seven: Never date anyone you couln't see marrying or being in a long-lasting relationship with. The older you get, the more tiring relationship games are.#8226;Ethereal eight: Just trust the process! Things in life happen for a reason. We've all had situations we didn't enderstand. I'm beginning to see why god allowed certain things in my life to occur: they have made me a better, stronger, realer person.#8226;The illmatic nine: Have fun here and everwhere! Lately, I've had this desire to road trip. I realized this year that clasees are gonna be hard—so let's roll down to Atlanta for a party on a Thursday night or jump over to South Carolina for a weekend.#8226;The talented tenth: Nothing in life is guaranteed—a college degree, financial aid, nothing. Sometimes we think we're giving 100 percent to a cause and we'll fall short of the talented tenth needed to obtain what we want. Article/200909/85512

  她用这个小金钥匙往小门的锁眼里一插,太高兴了,正合适。Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway; `and even if my head would go through,' thought poor Alice, `it would be of very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only know how to begin.' For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. Article/201011/117857

  By William RogersBroadcast: January 23, 2005 ANNCR:People in America, a program in Special English on the Voice of America. (Theme)Today, Shep O'Neal and Warren Scheer finish the story of civil right's leader, Reverend Martin Luther King, Junior. (THEME)VOICE ONE:Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in nineteen twenty-nine. He began his university studies when he was fifteen years old, and received a doctorate degree in religion. He became a preacher at a church in Montgomery, Alabama. In nineteen fifty-five, a black woman in Montgomery was arrested for sitting in the white part of a city bus. Doctor King became the leader of a protest against the city bus system. It was the first time that black southerners had united against the laws of racial separation. VOICE TWO:At first, the white citizens of Montgomery did not believe that the protest would work. They thought most blacks would be afraid to fight against racial separation. But the buses remained empty. Some whites used tricks to try to end the protest. They sp false stories about Martin Luther King and other protest leaders. One story accused Martin of stealing money from the civil rights movement. Another story charged that protest leaders rode in cars while other protesters had to walk. But the tricks did not work, and the protest continued. VOICE ONE:Doctor King's wife Coretta described how she and her husband felt during the protest. She said:"We never knew what was going to happen next. We felt like actors in a play whose ending we did not know. Yet we felt a part of history. And we believed we were instruments of the will of God". The white citizens blamed Doctor King for starting the protest. They thought it would end if he was in prison or dead. Doctor King was arrested twice on false charges. His arrests made national news and he was released. But the threats against his life continued. Article/200802/28040。

  Pete had lived in Florida for 20 years. A boring 20 years, he often thought. His house was only a 10-minute walk from the Gulf. He walked to the sandy white beach almost every day. Bob’s Liquors was at the corner, halfway to the beach. It was the only store within a mile. It sold cold beer and cigarettes, which were the only two things that interested Pete today. The owner of Bob’s was Bill. Bill had bought the store from Bob, but never renamed the store. “'Bob’s' has a nice ring to it,” he told curious customers. Also, of course, keeping the old name saved him money, time, and trouble.When the water was unsafe, the lifeguards would put red flags all up and down the beach to warn swimmers to stay out of the water. Today was a red flag day. Fierce riptides and lots of jellyfish were predicted for the next 48 hours.Although windy and completely overcast, it was a warm September day. Pete stopped at Bob’s. Bill said hello and told Pete to be careful because of the riptide reports. He asked, “What’ll it be today, Pete?”Pete ordered the usual—a pack of cigarettes and beer. Bill put the six-pack into a double paper bag because that helped keep the beer cold longer. Pete paid him and said goodbye. He walked out the door and crossed the two-lane street, not bothering to look in either direction.The flags were flapping loudly. Small waves were splashing onto the beach. Sea gulls were walking at water’s edge. Low thunder rumbled occasionally in the distance. An irregular line showed where wet sand met dry sand. Pete sat down on the dry sand. He opened a can of beer and lit a cigarette. There was no one else at the beach, except a woman walking away from him, stopping frequently to examine seashells. Pete watched a pelican dive into the water. Far away on the horizon, a stationary ship floated.Pete was a strong swimmer. He had learned to swim when he was four years old. In grade school and high school, he won numerous swimming and diving tournaments. His parents had high hopes that he would compete in the Olympics.Pete opened the fifth beer and lit yet another cigarette. The woman collecting seashells had disappeared from sight. He got up and walked into the water. When the water was almost thigh-high, he felt the current tugging at him. A jellyfish stung him behind his right knee. He took a final drag on his cigarette and flicked it into the water. He finished the beer, filled the empty can with sea water, and threw it back onto the beach. He looked at the ship.Then he dove in and started swimming. Article/201107/145412

  

  Mr. Dursley always sat with his back to the window in his office on the ninth floor. If he hadn't, he might have found it harder to concentrate on drills that morning. He didn't see the owls swooping past in broad daylight, though people down in the street did; they pointed and gazed open-mouthed as owl after owl sped overhead. Most of them had never seen an owl even at nighttime. Mr. Dursley, however, had a perfectly normal, owl-free morning. He yelled at five different people. He made several important telephone calls and shouted a bit more. He was in a very good mood until lunchtime, when he thought he'd stretch his legs and walk across the road to buy himself a bun from the bakery. He'd forgotten all about the people in cloaks until he passed a group of them next to the baker's. He eyed them angrily as he passed. He didn't know why, but they made him uneasy. This bunch were whispering excitedly, too, and he couldn't see a single collecting tin. It was on his way back past them, clutching a large doughnut in a bag, that he caught a few words of what they were saying. “The Potters, that's right, that's what I heard—” “— yes, their son, Harry—” Mr. Dursley stopped dead. Fear flooded him. He looked back at the whisperers as if he wanted to say something to them, but thought better of it. He dashed back across the road, hurried up to his office, snapped at his secretary not to disturb him, seized his telephone, and had almost finished dialing his home number when he changed his mind. He put the receiver back down and stroked his mustache, thinking… no, he was being stupid. Potter wasn't such an unusual name. He was sure there were lots of people called Potter who had a son called Harry. Come to think of it, he wasn't even sure his nephew was called Harry. He'd never even seen the boy. It might have been Harvey. Or Harold. There was no point in worrying Mrs. Dursley; she always got so upset at any mention of her sister. He didn't blame her — if he'd had a sister like that… but all the same, those people in cloaks… He found it a lot harder to concentrate on drills that afternoon and when he left the building at five o'clock, he was still so worried that he walked straight into someone just outside the door. “Sorry,” he grunted, as the tiny old man stumbled and almost fell. It was a few seconds before Mr. Dursley realized that the man was wearing a violet cloak. He didn't seem at all upset at being almost knocked to the ground. On the contrary, his face split into a wide smile and he said in a squeaky voice that made passersby stare, “Don't be sorry, my dear sir, for nothing could upset me today! Rejoice, for You-Know-Who has gone at last! Even Muggles like yourself should be celebrating, this happy, happy day!” And the old man hugged Mr. Dursley around the middle and walked off. Mr. Dursley stood rooted to the spot. He had been hugged by a complete stranger. He also thought he had been called a Muggle, whatever that was. He was rattled. He hurried to his car and set off for home, hoping he was imagining things, which he had never hoped before, because he didn't approve of imagination. As he pulled into the driveway of number four, the first thing he saw — and it didn't improve his mood — was the tabby cat he'd spotted that morning. It was now sitting on his garden wall. He was sure it was the same one; it had the same markings around its eyes. “Shoo!” said Mr. Dursley loudly. The cat didn't move. It just gave him a stern look. Was this normal cat behavior? Mr. Dursley wondered. Trying to pull himself together, he let himself into the house. He was still determined not to mention anything to his wife.

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