Lesson Two Waiting for the Police
Setting • This story is set in a boarding house where life, especially evening life, is notoriously dull for the odd collection of people who live there. • But one of the guests manages to think of something which does stir up quite a bit of interest.
Characters try to keep everyone talking Mrs. Mayton landlady Mr. Monty Smith as polite as pale keep any ball rolling Miss Wicks oldest knitting all the time
Characters young lovely Bella not particularly smart walk in sleep, doze all the time Mr. Calthrop middle-aged eccentric intelligent have a chilling effect possess a brain Mr. Penbury
Structure Part I(Paras. 1—11) Part II (Paras. 12—33) Part III (Paras. 34—88) Part IV (Paras. 89—91) an idle discussion about where Mr. Wainwright has gone and serving to introduce the characters who live in the boarding-house. Mr. Penbury announces that Mr. Wainwright is dead. Mr. Penbury direct a general rehearsal of their alibis while waiting for the police. a suspense ending
Humor The author skillfully mixed humorous elements in his story, which help to make the characterization and the plot more vivid and interesting. Read the following examples from the text and try to analyze the humorous effects.
Humor He was as polite as he was pale. (be polite because of being pale) She had knitting for seventy years, and looked good for another seventy. (Hyperbole is used to achieve humor) Bella was the boarding-house lovely, but no one taken advantage of the fact. (No one is interested in her)
Humor She had promised to knit at her funeral. (Is it possible to do sth. at one’s own funeral?) “Only one?” I answered “You’re luckier than I am.” (self-mockery to imply a lot people hate him) “But let me suggest that you give the statement to the police with slightly less emphasis.” (the satirical tone to imply that he might no be telling the truth.)
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erupt rupt:from Latin “rumpere” : to break abrupt bankrupt erupt corrupt disrupt interrupt rupture 突然，陡峭的 破产 喷出，爆发 腐烂，堕落 使中断，使破裂 打断，中断 破裂，裂开
Suffix— -mit: Latin suffix: to send 呈交，放开admit: ad-=to 向，对 admit commit emit remit transmit 允许，接纳 把······交托给，提交 发出，放射 汇出，传送 传输，传达