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                 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. Howev

          er,   the  father  doesn't   realize  it  until  very  late  that 

          day...          

                  
                           A DAY'S WAIT           

                                     
                                                          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?" 

5          "I've got a hesdache. "

            "You better go back to bed. " 

            "No. I'm all right. "

            "You go to bed. I'll see you when I'm dressed. "

            But when I came downstairs he was dressed, sitting by the fire, look-

10  ing a very sick and miserable  boy of nine years. When I put my hand  on  

     his forehead I knew he had a fever.

           "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. 

15       "What is it?" I asked him.

          "One hundred and two. "

           Downstairs, the doctor left  three different  medicines in  different col-

     ored 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 degress.This was

     a light epidemic of flu and there was no danger if you avoided  pneumonia. 

           Back in the room I wrote the boy's temperature down and made a note

25  of the time to give the various. capsules.  

          "Do you want me to read to you?"

          "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.

30        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.

            I  sat at  the foot of  the bed  and  read  to myself while I waited for it 

35  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.

           "Why don't you try to sleep? I'11 wake you up for the medicine. " 

           "I'd rather stay awake. "

40        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.

            I  thought perhaps he was a little  lightheaded  and after giving him the 

45 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 t rees,  the bushes, the cut  brush and  all  the grass and 

     the  bare ground  had been varnshed with ice, I took the young Irish setter 

     for a walk up the road and  along  a frozen  creek,  but  it   was difficult to 

50 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.

           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 mostof them scattered into brush piles

55  nd it  was  necessary to  jump on the ice-coated mounds of brush several

     times before they would flush.Coming out while you were poised unstea-

     dily 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.

60       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

65  still, as he had stared, at the foot of the bed. 

            I took hes temperature. 

           "What is it?"  

           "Something like a hundred,"  I said.  It was one hundred and two and 

      four tenths.

70         "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."

75        "Don't think," I said. "Just take it easy."

            "I'm taking it easy,"  he said and looked straight  ahead. He was evi-

      dently holding tight onto himself about something.

             "Take this with water."

             "Do you think it will do any good?" 

80         "Of course it will." 

             I sat down and opened the Pirate book ane commenced to read,but I

      coud see he was not following, so I stopped.

             "About what time do you think I'm going to die?" he asked. 

             "What?"

85         "About how long will it be before I die?"

             "Youaren'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. "

90         "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. "

             He  had  been  waiting  to die all day,  ever  since nine o'clock in the 

     morn-ing

            "You poor Schatz, " I said. "Poor old Schatz. It's like miles and kilo-

95  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. "

            "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?" 

100        "Oh, " he said.

       But  his gaze  at  the foot of  the bed relaxed slowly. The hold  over him-

       self relaxed too,  finally, and the  next day it was very slack and he cried 

       very easily at little things that were of no importance.

                     
                             New Words

                                 
    shiver / v.                          shake, tremble, esp. from cold or fear

                                                     战栗,发抖 

  capsule / n.                        胶囊()   

    instruction/ n.                     (often pl.) advice on how to do sth.; 

                                                       order 用法说明;指示 

    instruct/ vt. 

    purgative /n.                      a medicine to produce bowel movements

                                                        泻药    

  acid /a.                             sour; marked by an  abnormally  high  

                                                 concentra- tion of a sour  substance 

                                                  酸的;酸性物质过多的

  germ / n.                          病菌,细菌 

  influenza / n.                    a contagious disease which is like a  

                                                       bad cold but more serious 流行性感冒       

  epidemic / n. & a.             (disease) spreading rapidly among many 

                                                       people  in the same place for a time 

                                                       流行病()  

    flu/ n.                               (short for) influenza 

    pneumonia / n.                  a serious illness with inflammation of  

                                                     one or both lungs 肺炎

  detached / a.                     indifferent; separate, not connected

                                                     超然的;冷漠的;分离的 

      detach/ vt.

    pirate / n.                          a person who attacks and robs ships at 

                                                      sea 海盗              

  papa/ n.                            father

    lightheaded/a.                   unable to think clearly or move steadily  

                                                     as during fever or after drinking alcohal; 

                                                    dizzy and faint 神志不清的;眩晕的

  prescribe / vt.                  orderor give (sth.) as a medicine or  

                                                     treatment for a sick person()

    sleet/  n.                          amixture of rain and snow; rain that 

                                                     freezes as it falls 雨夹雪;冻雨

  brush/ n.                          rough low-growing bushes; small branches 

                                                    bro-ken off from trees 矮灌木丛;断落

                               的树枝

  varnish / vt.                     cover (sth.) with a smooth appearance

    Irish /a.                                   爱尔兰()setter/ n.                          a type of dog with red hair; a hunting 

                                                  dog 塞特狗

  creek / n.                        small stream

    glassy/ a.                        like glass, esp. (of water) smooth and 

                                                 shining 

    slither / vi.                      slide unsteadily 不稳地滑动

  slide / v.                         (cause to) move smoothly along a surface 

                                                  (使)滑动

  flush / v.                        drive (birds) up from  the  trees  or 

                                                  bushes so as to shoot; (of birds) fly 

                                                  up suddenly (使)()惊飞 

        vi.                        (sides of the face) become rosy or 

                                               reddened by a sudden flow of blood to 

                                               the face ()发红

  covey / n.                      a small flock or group (of small birds)

                                                    一小群()  

    quail /n.                         a kind of small bird, valued as food

                                                        鹌鹑

  overhang/ v.                   hang over or stand out over 悬于...之上,

                                                 突出于...之上 

  light (lit or lighted)/ vi.     land and settle 停落

  scatter / vi.                     go off in all directions 散开 

  mound / n.                     small hill; a large pile of earth, 

                                                stones, etc. 土墩 

  poise /vt.                       balance 

    unsteadily / ad.              shakily 

    unsteady/ a. 

    icy/ a.	                         covered with  ice;  extremely  cold 

    springy / a.                    flexible (as a spring moving up and 

                                               down) 有弹性的

  csunmence / n.              start; begin 

    thermomeier / n.            an  instrument  for  measuring  and  	

                                                showing tem- perature 温度计

  absolutely/ ad.               completely; certainly 

    gaze / vi.                       look long and steadily 凝视

  slack / a.                       not tense; relaxed 松弛的;放松的

                          
                      Phrases & Expressions     

                
    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

                            
                                  Proper Name        

                  
    Pyle                      派尔(姓氏)               

        

                                                                         
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