UNIT 6 A DAY’ S WAIT
About the author • The Greatest of Writers • Ernest Hemingway was born on 21st July 1899 in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He was one of six children. His father, Dr Clarence Edmonds Hemingway was a fervent member of the First Congregational church, his mother, Grace Hall, sang in the church choir.
At the age of 17 Hemingway published his first literary work. He died aged 61, of self inflicted gun shot wounds. He was the greatest of writers.
Hemingway's birthplace in Oak Park, Illinois. The Kansas City Star building where Hemingway took his first job as a cub reporter. Hemingway fishing as a young boy.
Hemingway in uniform before his injuries. Hemingway on crutches as he recovers in Italy from the serious injuries to his legs. Hadley Richardson, Hemingway's first wife.
Ernest and Hadley moved into this Paris apartment in December of 1921. 1929 painting "Kid Balzac" by Waldo Pierce shows Hemingway as the 19th century French writer.
Hemingway and a large blue Marlin caught in the Gulf Stream near Key West Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's third wife. Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer.
Mary Welsh, Hemingway's fourth wife. Hemingway during World War II.
The 1952 Life magazine where The Old Man and the Sea appeared in full. It sold out immediately. Hemingway's gravesite near Ketchum, Idaho.
Work lists 1927 Men Without Women(Short Stories) 1926 The Torrents of Spring(Novel) 1926 The Sun Also Rises(Novel)
1930 The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories(Short Stories) 1929 A Farewell to Arms(Novel)
1932 Death in the Afternoon(Novel) 1935 Green Hills of Africa(Novel)
1937 To Have and Have Not(Novel) 1940 For Whom the Bell Tolls(Novel)
1950 Across the River and into the Trees(Novel) 1952 The Old Man and the Sea(Novel)
Brief introduction to the text Ernest Hemingway's story is about an incident that happens between a father and his son. The small boy's misunderstanding of the difference in measuring temperature on aFahrenheit and a Celsius scale causes him to believe that he is dying of a high fever. However, the father doesn't realize it until very late that day...
The setting of the story, when, who and where A Day’s Wait By Ernest Hemingway He came into the room to shut the windows while we were still in bed and I saw he looked ill. He was shivering, his face was white, and he walked slowly as though it ached to move.
"What's the matter, Schatz?" "I've got a headache. " "You better go back to bed. " "No. I'm all right. " "You go to bed. I'll see you when I'm dressed. "
3.But when I came downstairs he was dressed, sitting by the fire, looking a very sick and miserable boy of nine years. When I put my hand on his forehead I knew he had a fever. 4."You go up to bed, " I said, "You're sick. “ "I'm all right, " he said. When the doctor came he took the boy's temperature. "What is it?" I asked him. "One hundred and two. " translation
5.Downstairs, the doctor left three different medicines in different colored capsules with instructions for giving them. One was to bring down the fever, another a purgative, the third to overcome an acid condition. The 20 germs of influenza can only exist in an acid condition, he explained.
He seemed to know all about influenza and said there was nothing to worry about if the fever did not go above one hundred and four degrees. This was a light epidemic of flu and there was no danger if you avoided pneumonia.
6.Back in the room I wrote the boy's temperature down and made a note of the time to give the various capsules. 7. "Do you want me to read to you?“ 8. "All right. If you want to, " said the boy. His face was very white and there were dark areas under his eyes. He lay still in the bed and seemed very detached from what was going on. The conditions of the boy
9.I read aloud from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates; but I could see he was not following what I was reading. "How do you feel, Schatz?" I asked him. "Just the same, so far, " he said.
10. I sat at the foot of the bed and read to myself while I waited for it to be time to give another capsule. It would have been natural for him to go to sleep, but when I looked up he was looking at the foot of the bed, looking very strangely. The boy’s strange behavior
11."Why don't you try to sleep? I‘ll wake you up for the medicine. " "I'd rather stay awake. " After a while he said to me, "You don't have to stay in here with me, Papa, if it bothers you. " "It doesn't bother me. " "No, I mean you don't have to stay if it's going to bother you. Conversation between father and son; but they do not really understand what the other says
12. I thought perhaps he was a little lightheaded and after giving him the prescribed capsules at eleven o'clock I went out for a while. It was a bright, cold day, the ground covered with a sleet that had frozen so that it seemed as if all the bare trees, the bushes, the cut brush and all the grass and the bare ground had been varnished with ice, Father does not understand his son’s behavior
I took the young Irish setter for a walk up the road and along a frozen creek, but it was difficult to stand or walk on the glassy surface and the red dog slipped and slithered and I fell twice, hard, once dropping my gun and having it slide away over the ice.
13.We flushed a covey of quail under a high clay bank with overhanging brush and i killed two as they went out of sight over the top of the bank. Some of the covey lit in trees, but most of them scattered into brush piles and it was necessary to jump on the ice-coated mounds of brush several times before they would flush. Out of sight, out of mind
Coming out while you were poised unsteadily on the icy, springy brush they made difficult shooting and I killed two, missed five, and started back pleased to have found a covey close to the house and happy there were so many left to on another day.
14. At the house they said the boy had refused to let anyone come into the room. "You can't come in," he said. " You mustn't get what I have." I went up to him and found him in exactly the position I had left him, white-faced, but with the tops of his cheeks flushed by the fever, staring still, as he had stared, at the foot of the bed. I took his temperature.
15."What is it?" "Something like a hundred," I said. It was one hundred and two and four tenths. "It was a hundred and two," he said. "Who said so?" "The doctor." "Your temperature is all right," I said. "It's nothing to worry about." "I don't worry," he said, "but I can’t keep from thinking." "Don't think," I said. "Just take it easy." "I'm taking it easy," he said and looked straight ahead. He was evidently holding tight onto himself about something.
16."Take this with water." "Do you think it will do any good?" "Of course it will." I sat down and opened the Pirate book and commenced to read, but I could see he was not following, so I stopped. "About what time do you think I'm going to die?" he asked. "What?"
17."About how long will it be before I die?" "You aren't going to die. What's the matter with you?" "Oh, yes, I am. I heard him say a hundred and two. " "People don't die with a fever of one hundred and two. That's a silly way to talk. " "I know they do. At school in France the boys told me you can't live with forty-four degrees. I've got a hundred and two. "
18.He had been waiting to die all day, ever since nine o'clock in the morning. . "You poor Schatz, " I said. "Poor old Schatz. It's like miles and kilo- meters. You aren't going to die. That's a different thermometer. On that thermometer thirty-seven is normal. On this kind it's ninety-eight
19."Are you sure?" "Absolutely, " I said. "It's like miles and kilometers. You know, like how many kilometers we make when we do seventy miles in the car?" "Oh, " he said. 20.But his gaze at the foot of the bed relaxed slowly. The hold over himself relaxed too, finally, and the next day it was very slack and he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance. Happy ending
Words and phrases • shiver / v. shake, tremble, esp. from cold or fear 战栗，发抖 • capsule / n. 胶囊(药) • purgative /n. a medicine to produce bowel movements 泻药
bring down reduce; cause to fall 减少，降低 be detached from show no interest in, be indifferent to would rather would prefer to; would prefer that 宁愿 out of sight unable to be seen keep from prevent oneself from (doing sth.); stop (doing sth.) take it easy not to work too hard; not to worry too much 不紧张；不急 hold tight onto oneself keep firm control over oneself
Language points: 1.shiver: shake or tremble,esp from cold or feare Eg. The shopping-bag lady stood at the street corner shivering all over with cold. Walking alone at night along the side Street, I couldn’t help shivering at the Thought of possible robbery.
2. instructions: clear and detailed information Eg. Read the attached book carefully and follow the instructions when you set the washing machine to work.
3. bring down: reduce; cause to fall Eg. He wants to bring down his weight from 170 pounds to 150 pounds. It has been decided that measures should be taken to bring down the costs of the Project.
4. would rather: more willingly Eg. I would rather go today than tomorrow. I would rather play tennis than swim.
5. prescribe: vt. Order to give sth as medicine or treatment for a sick Eg. What medicine did the doctor prescrible for your illness? The doctor prescribed a new medicine for my stomachache.
6. scatter: go off in all directions Eg. The birds scattered at the sound of the gun. When the police appeared , the crowd scattered in all directions.
7. keep from: vt. Prevent oneself from doing sth; stop Eg. He couldn’t keep from laughing. What shall I do to keep this from getting dirty?
8. take it easy: don’t worry ; don’t hurry; don’t get excited or anxious Eg. “Take it easy”, Mary--- Tom is only a little late. I’m sure nothing’s happened to him. Take it easy. We have got plenty of time.
9. absolutely: certainly; completely eg: “Hemiingway is really a great writer” “Absolutely” Practice is absolutely Vital to the mastery of a Foreign language.
Discussion 1 . Hemingway often thought of courage as a person’s ability to be calm and controlled in the face of death. What do you think of such a definition of courage? What does courage mean to you?
2.The story is built around the misunderstanding between the father And his son. There are a number of examples of that they are referring to different things in their conversation. Try to find examples in the text in which the father and his son are Each thinking of different things when they talk to each other The22
3. Hemingway is noted for writing short, simple yet forceful sentences. Examine the text closely and then decide whether this is true of the language in this story.