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星火英语15篇文章背完大学英语六级词汇:Unit4-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。UNIT4A Canadian Family Story My story

    《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。

    UNIT4

    A Canadian Family Story

    My story begins in Newfoundland

    where my brother and

    I were born during

    the Second World War.

    The island of Newfoundland,

    which was originally a British colony,

    became the newest province

    of Canada in 1949,

    the same year that the People's

    Republic of China was born.

    Our mother was born

    and raised in Newfoundland.

    During the War (World War II),

    she worked in St. John's,

    the capital city, where she

    met a young Canadian sailor

    from Ontario. He was

    a member of the crew

    of a Royal Canadian Navy ship

    that was part of one

    of the convoys that

    escorted supply ships across

    the Atlantic Ocean to Europe

    during the war. They fell

    in love and subsequently,

    got married. The rest

    is history, so to speak.

    Our family moved to Ontario

    in late 1945, just

    after the war ended.

    In 1999, acting on impulse,

    my brother and I decided

    to take our mother to

    Newfoundland for a visit.

    It had been almost

    fifty years since we had

    last visited our mother's outport

    (remote or very rural island village)

    where she grew up.

    It was also the 50th anniversary

    of Newfoundland's becoming part of Canada.

    In 1950, I was six

    and my brother was five

    when we last visited

    our mother's childhood home.

    At that time, Ireland's Eye

    was a vibrant, quaint

    fishing village hugging the

    rocky shore of a small,

    enclosed harbour. There was

    no electricity. There were no roads,

    no automobiles, and few signs

    of automation of any type.

    There were oil lamps and

    wood stoves in the homes

    and mere sootpaths between

    the aggregate of small communities

    on the hilly island,

    also named Ireland's Eye.

    We can still see and

    hear the inboard motorboats,

    putt putting (sound of engines)

    into the harbour, hauling

    their day's catch of fish.

    The image of hardy fishermen

    with pitchforks hoisting and

    tossing the codfish up to

    the stilted platforms from

    the bowels of the boats

    is still quite vivid.

    The aroma of salted,

    drying codfish, lingers still.

    What I remember best,

    of almost half a century ago,

    was going out with

    my Uncle Fred in his boat

    to fish. That particular day,

    we were huddled together

    and lashed to other boats,

    just outside of the harbour.

    I can still hear

    the lively gossip between

    my uncle and the other fishermen,

    above the rippling and splashing

    of the waves against

    the hulls of the boats.

    I remember the boats

    heaving periodically, on the

    huge gently rolling waves.

    My Uncle Fred had only

    one arm, but amazingly,

    he could do everything

    as if he had two hands.

    He could even roll

    a cigarette and light it.

    These are my memories

    of the quaint Newfoundland

    glory days gone by.

    It was a very hard life

    in those out ports,

    but a life romantically cherished

    by most of those who lived it.

    Our mother was not feeling up

    to the trip at the time

    we were ready to leave,

    but insisted that my brother

    and I go on this odyssey.

    We would later provide

    her with pictures, a written account,

    and videotape of the trip.

    Although we toured other parts

    of Newfoundland, including an overnight

    stay on the French Islands

    of St. Pierre and Miquilon,

    just off the south coast

    of Newfoundland, our main objective

    was to visit Ireland's Eye.

    This necessitated finding water transportation.

    We managed to arrange

    for a boat to take

    us on the half hour

    trip to the island.

    As it turned out,

    the married couple who

    ferried us over to the island

    was actually a couple of

    our distant cousins, whom

    we had never met.

    We had intended to

    have our cousins drop us off

    on the island and pick

    us up a few hours later.

    However, either because we were

    newly found cousins, or they were

    typically hospitable Newfoundlanders,

    or they thought that

    my brother and I would

    get lost, they wanted

    to stay with us.

    Probably all three factors

    influenced their decision.

    They were absolutely fabulous.

    They got caught up in

    what my brother and I

    were trying to do.

    They were very knowledgeable about

    the island and the people

    who had once lived there.

    Clutching a narrative of the island,

    written by another of our cousins,

    the forgotten history of that

    special place became more coherent

    to the four of us.

    As we entered Ireland's

    Eye's small harbour, which was guarded,

    by a family of hawks

    in a nest high on a rocky point,

    a weird sensation came over us.

    There, in front of us,

    was the place we visited

    fifty years before, and about

    which we had heard and read

    so much throughout our adult lives.

    We thought, what an

    aesthetically breathtaking sight!

    The glittering sun, on that day,

    gave everything a picturepostcard image.

    This was indeed a slice of paradise.

    The ruins of a few

    remaining buildings that dotted

    the hillsides and shoreline

    and the once dominant

    St. Georges Church on the hill

    at the end of the harbour,

    aroused in us an exciting sense

    of history and of our heritage.

    Looking out over the harbour

    from the hill by the church

    at the extinct community,

    revived memories of fifty years before.

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