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星火英语15篇文章背完大学英语六级词汇:Unit6-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。UNIT6The PastureNight settled, thick w

    《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。

    UNIT6

    The Pasture

    Night settled, thick with the acrid

    odors of gunpowder and blood.

    No moon meant firing at

    muzzle flashes, an inexact method

    by which to combat one's foe,

    but the enemy had no advantage either.

    With artillery fire blanketing

    the field of battle, Jack had

    no opportunity to go to Mike's aid.

    He poked his head over

    the rim of the trench to

    see if he could spot Mike's corpse.

    He knew he was dead.

    He had heard his scream

    of pain when he was hit.

    His agonized moans had grown

    weaker and less frequent and finally

    ceased about ten minutes ago.

    The regiment had been under

    heavy bombardment for two days,

    without respite. He had been

    too late to stop Mike

    as he propelled himself out

    of the foxhole and staggered

    as he hit the muddy terrain.

    In hindsight, he should have

    seen it coming. Mike had

    started to break yesterday.

    He was becoming bizarre, talking

    about his patriotic duty to

    expel the enemy from these shores.

    Paradoxically, just before he

    hopped over the edge of the trench

    he scorned the day he had

    heeded the call to enlist.

    It pained him to realize that

    his one friend in this ungodly war

    had betrayed him by dying.

    Soldiers don't often make friends with

    one another, knowing they might die.

    He and Mike were different.

    They had known each other

    since they were children.

    Mike was the best man when

    Jack and Lily walked down

    the aisle just a week before

    they left the dock and crossed

    the channel to engage the enemy.

    Clouds tumbled and overlapped one another

    as the wind began to freshen.

    It was getting colder now.

    The prospect of another night

    of rain, or perhaps even snow,

    made Jack quiver with dread.

    Blood tinged water was beginning

    to crust over with ice.

    He could feel his toes and

    fingers stiffen as the temperature dropped.

    Maybe Mike was better off than he.

    At least the cold wouldn't

    bother him any more.

    Suddenly, comets of light began

    to streak across the night sky.

    They were using flares!

    The increased tempo of cannon fire

    coming from the left flank,

    shattering the earth around them,

    could only mean the enemy

    had sensed their weakness, and

    was coming in for the kill.

    They were heading straight

    for the underbelly!Jack's rifle misfired.

    The whole corps had been issued

    new guns a few days before

    this campaign had started.

    It wasn't long before they discovered

    that the alloy used in the barrels

    couldn't endure prolonged firing,

    causing the shell casings

    to adhere in the bore. How could

    he repel the enemy without a weapon?

    Jack felt a stab of pain

    in his right thigh.

    The ground around him ruptured.

    Jerking from side to side,

    he tried to dodge falling rocks

    and the clods of dirt

    raining down upon him.

    He slumped into a prone posture

    as he felt himself shoved

    from behind by an unknown force

    that felt as if it might

    have been a racing locomotive.

    The last thing he heard,

    before his world was overturned,

    was a chorus of screams.

    “Am I dead? Where am I?

    Where is everybody?” Cognitively,

    Jack realized he was still functioning

    physiologically so that meant

    he was still alive, but

    for how long? He couldn't move.

    Maybe the impact had fractured

    his spine and he was paralyzed.

    He tried,analytically,to assess

    the damage incurred by moving

    his limbs, one by one,

    in a clockwise direction,

    starting with his right arm.

    Everything appeared able to be

    mobilized but for some reason

    he couldn't get up off the ground.

    Everything went black again.

    Jack led his horse by the reins

    as they stepped onto the overpass

    bridging the gap between the plateaus.

    In the distance, he could see

    a twelve point buck grazing

    in the pasture, silhouetted against

    the waning sunset. Out of nowhere,

    a bull came charging across

    the meadow toward him. He tried

    to run but his feet

    were pegged to the bridge.

    Drifting in and out of consciousness,

    Jack tried to make sense of

    what had happened to him.

    He seemed to be in a cavity

    under the ground. The earth

    was compacted on his legs

    but he thought he might be

    able to rotate his body enough

    to make himself a little more comfortable.

    Was that a shaft of light

    he could see through the groove

    between the fingers of his left

    hand covering his eyes?

    He groped to clear a tiny

    bit more space for himself.

    The shutters of his consciousness

    closed again.The galaxy was

    being probed by lunar modules shuttling

    between Earth and the other planets.

    As a member of a federation of geologists,

    Jack and his team had to

    follow the seam of ore

    to its source, a pasture

    on a distant asteroid.

    Once again, Jack regained lucidity.

    “Wow,” he thought, “that was

    like a bad paperback novel

    about astronomy!” He sniffed the air.

    It was foul with the smell

    of death but qualitatively

    able to sustain life.

    Why was it so quiet?

    Was he deaf? Was the battle over?

    Was everyone dead? The weight

    on his legs was becoming oppressive.

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