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星火英语15篇文章背完大学英语六级词汇:Unit4-Part2

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《星火英语15篇背完六级词汇》教你一种用全新的方法突破六级词汇。With a greater clarity of the knowledg

    《星火英语15篇背完六级词汇》教你一种用全新的方法突破六级词汇。

    With a greater clarity

    of the knowledge of the area,

    we walked from the church

    a little farther inland 

    to what used to be

    the post office and

    the school that our mother attended,

    the skeletal shells of

    which were still standing precariously.

    From there, stopping periodically

    to eat some edible berries,

    we struggled behind our cousins

    through the heavily brush and

    shrub covered footpaths to

    Black Duck Cove to visit

    the cemetery where our grandmother,

    whom we never knew, was buried.

    This sacred ground was

    in very bad condition,

    with many badly corroded gravestones

    buried under brush and long grass.

    After searching for a few minutes

    in the midst of tangled vegetation,

    we found our grandmother's

    resting place beside which

    we paid our respects.

    It was a good thing that

    our cousins stayed with us,

    as the footpaths that traversed

    the island, were overgrown with brush.

    It would have been

    virtually impossible for my brother

    and me, to walk to

    the other communities on the island.

    We made our way back

    to the church on the hill

    and descended to the boat

    for a half hour boat ride

    to the other side of the island.

    Sailing through a number of islets,

    we arrived at what

    remains of the small village

    of Traytown, where our grandparents

    had lived. There, we met

    some more long lost relatives

    at a small cottage.

    One, a bit of an eccentric,

    who now lives in Toronto

    but takes summer refuge in Traytown,

    showed us the remnants of what

    had once been our grandparents'house.

    Beside these ruins, was

    the still flourishing cluster

    of wild rose bushes, planted

    there many years ago

    by our step grandmother.

    A lot of people, many whom

    were more lost cousins,

    continually dropped in or

    gathered on the porch outside.

    After a cup of tea and

    some more chitchat (small talk)

    and some comic relief,

    we made our departure

    for the mainland. On the way,

    we passed other inlets with

    ghost communities on Ireland's Eye.

    To add to the excitement

    of that special day,

    my brother spotted a humpback

    whale quite close, between

    the boat and the island.

    Our visit to Ireland's Eye

    was a bittersweet experience for us.

    On the one hand, there was

    a sense of being at

    the very place where our relatives

    and ancestors had lived,

    worked and played.

    On the other hand, there was

    a sense of agonizing loss

    of what were once thriving

    communities on the island.

    It was difficult to reconcile

    the past with the present,

    after a gap of fifty years

    of chronic degeneration of

    the communities. Today, the area

    is notorious for smuggling.

    However, our mission was invaluable

    in that we were able to

    find out more about ourselves.

    The entire expedition to

    Newfoundland was a major highlight

    in each of our lives.

    It tugged at our emotions

    at every turn. The people

    of Newfoundland, especially those

    of genetic connection, couldn't do

    enough for us. It was

    really like coming home,

    but then, that has always been

    the nature of Newfoundland courtesy,

    even to non-Newfoundlanders.

    It was reassuring to see that

    the Newfoundland charm has

    transcended time. It has

    endured so many changes

    since Confederation in 1949.

    My brother and I, eternally,

    will be Newfoundlanders and hope

    to go down home more often

    in the years to come.

     

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