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星火英语15篇文章背完大学英语六级词汇:Unit5-Part1

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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。UNIT5The FraudFlushed with excitement,

    《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。

    UNIT5

    The Fraud

    Flushed with excitement, Kate stepped

    into the spatial vestibule and

    was immediately dazzled by the scene

    before her. The inlaid marble floor

    paved the way to a circular staircase

    rising three levels above her.

    In a fountain in the center

    of the entryway stood a bronze

    dolphin balancing on its tail,

    its snout pointed to

    the lofty domed, stained glass skylight

    forty feet above. A massive chandelier,

    luminous in the bright sunlight,

    cast rainbow fairies dancing

    through the pink, green, and

    gold floral patterns of the floor

    and around the snowy white walls.

    Before she could fully appreciate

    the beauty of the intricate

    plaster work decorating the edges

    of the shallow niches installed

    in the walls to frame

    the numerous paintings, or,

    indeed, to appreciate the canvases

    themselves, her host, Victor Stone,

    approached. Small by North American standards,

    he was perfectly proportioned.

    Slightly balding at the forehead,

    his silver hair curved onto

    the collar of his pale

    blue shirt at the

    nape of his neck.

    Laughing blue eyes startled her

    with their clarity. A straight,

    aristocratic nose rose to meet

    his slightly arched brows.

    His carefully manicured hands bore

    a single gold pinkie ring.

    He held out his

    hand to take hers.

    “Thank you so much for coming,

    Kate. I am glad you

    could make it,” he said cheerfully.

    She had never met this

    charming little man before

    and knew him by reputation only.

    Among his contemporaries, he was

    known as a shrewd entrepreneur,

    able to diagnose at a glance,

    the prospects of those

    seeking his backing. She was

    anxious to learn why he had

    invited her to come to

    meet him at his home.

    “Thanks for asking me.

    Nice place you have here.”

    She felt stupid saying something

    so absurd, but she was,

    at that moment, stumped.

    Her ego wouldn't let her

    admit she'd never in her whole life,

    been so impressed by a foyer.

    She hoped that he would realize

    she'd had little experience

    with the elite, take pity

    on her, and show her around.

    “Would you like to see more

    of the house?” he asked, politely.

    “Would I? You bet!” She was

    happy he gave no indication

    that he thought she was

    not in his bracket.

    She left her briefcase

    on the settee near the door

    and followed him through

    the foyer to a stairway

    to a stairway leading

    to a lower level of the house.

    They began the tour

    in the wine cellar. A heavy,

    double thick door opened

    to reveal row upon row

    of gleaming glass bottles

    of vintage wines, all lying

    on their sides, cradled by

    the solid oak racks. The steady

    hum of machinery broke the silence

    of the insulated room.

    Victor explained that it was

    necessary to control the ventilation,

    temperature and humidity of the cellar

    to achieve optimum conditions

    for conserving the flavors

    of the expensive wines.

    The small but luxurious audio-visual theater

    was adjacent to the wine cellar.

    Leather upholstered reclining chairs

    were casually arrayed about the room,

    all with an unimpaired view

    of the retractable screen.

    The stereo, silent at that moment,

    was stateoftheart, with speakers

    tactically installed for maximizing

    sound effects. Black walnut wood paneling

    and a baffled ceiling averted

    the possibility of overly loud

    entertainment disturbing others in the mansion.

    Sliding glass doors led from

    the lowest level of the

    living area to the enclosed

    kidneyshaped swimming pool.

    Turquoise and white ceramic tiles outlined

    with gold covered the deck area.

    Pillars of quartz topped with

    milk glass spheres provided illumination

    should anyone choose to swim

    after dark. A changing booth

    was discretely hidden behind

    a screen of ornamental floor plants

    and cascading vines. Here, too,

    a baffled ceiling prevented

    the hollow resonance of the pool

    room from disturbing others.

    At the moment, the games room

    was arranged for gambling.

    An authentic roulette wheel,

    a craps table for dice,

    and various card tables were

    set up for a benefit evening

    that was being held the following night.

    Checkers, chess and other board

    games augmented the games of chance.

    Comfortable furniture and soft lighting

    lent a romantic atmosphere to

    the terrace garden. Kate had noticed

    earlier that Victor had

    a slight limp. As they

    progressed on their tour, she realized

    he was quite lame

    on the right side

    and needed to rest.

    They sat to chat

    for a few minutes.

    “How much do you know

    about me, Kate?” he asked.

    “Only what I've read.

    And what I have discerned

    in the past half hour.

    I think you are a man

    who has made your home

    into a diversion from

    the real world. Your taste

    is implicit, subtle. Everything

    I have seen has been chosen

    with a keen eye, not to overwhelm,

    but to invite. I think

    you choose things for

    their intrinsic value, things that

    are esthetically pleasing to you.

    I don't think there could be

    an imitation or a fake item

    in this whole place.

    You love your home and

    enjoy sharing it with others.

    Am I right?”

    “You are perceptive! Come.

    Lets go to the sitting room

    and have a cocktail.” He led

    the way back into the library

    with its mahogany shelves filled

    with leather bound matched

    sets of first editions

    and volumes of encyclopedia.

    On a sturdy table under

    a reading lamp an illuminated manuscript

    with gold metallic page edging

    was lying open to

    display its vibrant art.

    Kate felt compelled to mention

    this beautiful piece. He said

    an obscure monk during the Renaissance

    had copied and illustrated

    the Book of Revelations.

    It had been quite shabby

    when it first came into

    his possession but he had

    it restored and planned to

    donate it to a museum.

    The door to a powder room

    stood ajar. Inside Kate noticed,

    again, the careful attention to

    detail manifest in the rest

    of the house. The doorknob

    was hand painted porcelain.

    The ivorycolored fixtures were

    shell-shaped and gold-trimmed.

    A large bowl of sweetly scented

    flowers was centered on the vanity.

    Next to the flowers sat

    a piece of hand-carved fossilized ebony.

    Kate was stunned by the size

    of the spacious sitting room.

    Several groupings of furniture

    lent themselves to seating

    as few as two guests

    or as many as ten. Here, too,

    ornamental plasterwork decorated the walls

    and ceilings. The raspberry colored

    velvet upholstery covering the couches

    and chairs complemented the pale

    green oriental carpets and lightly

    textured draperies. The gold-colored lamps

    with their creamy white shades,

    the paintings in their

    ornate alcoves, and the open

    fireplace with family pictures

    on the mantel, gave Kate

    an overwhelming feeling

    of comfort and peace.

     

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