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2006年专业英语八级考试试题(3)

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  every street had a story, every building a memory, those blessed with wonderful childhoods can drive the streets of their hometowns and happily roll back the years. the rest are pulled home by duty and leave as soon as possible. after ray atlee had been in clanton (his hometown) for fifteen minutes he was anxious to get out.

  the town had changed, but then it hadn't. on the highways leading in, the cheap metal buildings and mobile homes were gathering as tightly as possible next to the roads for maximum visibility. this town had no zoning whatsoever. a landowner could build anything wiih no permit no inspection, no notice to adjoining landowners. nothing. only hog farms and nuclear reactors required approvals and paperwork. the result was a slash-and-build clutter that got uglier by the year.

  but in the older sections, nearer the square, the town had not changed at all the long shaded streets were as clean and neat as when kay roamed them on his bike. most of the houses were still owned by people he knew, or if those folks had passed on the new owners kept the lawns clipped and the shutters painted. only a few were being neglected. a handful had been abandoned.

  this deep in bible country, it was still an unwritten rule in the town that little was done on sundays except go to church, sit on porches, visit neighbours, rest and relax the way god intended.

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