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VOA常速英语新闻:俄克拉荷马人一贯的乐观精神(双语)

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在俄克拉荷马的一个农村地区,托德·莫尔丁损失了房屋和卡车。“我曾经三次死里逃生,这是第三次,我可真倒霉!”
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In a rural area of Oklahoma, Todd Mauldin lost his house and truck.
在俄克拉荷马的一个农村地区,托德·莫尔丁损失了房屋和卡车。

"I have had three close calls, and this was the third one, and it got me!" he said.
“我曾经三次死里逃生,这是第三次,我可真倒霉!”

This kind of pluck and good-humored determination is what people admire about Oklahomans.
俄克拉荷马州人身上的这种勇气和乐观的决心正是人们欣赏的。

In this devastated neighborhood in the suburb called Moore, most people plan to rebuild and remain. This is not the first time this state has faced tragedy. It has suffered more disasters per capita than any other state and not all were natural.
这个备受摧残的社区名叫摩尔,这里大多数人已经开始重建,继续在这里生活。这不是该州遭遇的第一次灾难,这里人们遭遇的人均灾难比其他州都要多,而且并不全是自然灾难。

On April 19, 1995 a bomb blew up in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
1995年4月19日,俄克拉荷马市的摩拉联邦大楼前发生爆炸案,至少168人丧生。

Timothy McVeigh was later tried, convicted and executed for the crime.
蒂莫西·麦克维随后因该罪行接受审问、定罪并处决。

Oklahomans came together to help the victims and later built a monument, with metal chairs set in rows where the building once stood.
俄克拉荷马州人一起帮助受害者,随后建了纪念物,在大楼的旧址上安置了成排的金属椅子。

Sue Craig, a guide, explains the symbolism. "There are 168 chairs, one for each person, and at the base there is their name inscribed," she said.
向导苏克·雷格解释了它的象征意义,“168把椅子,每个人一把,那边的底座上刻有每个人的名字。”

词汇解释

1.close call 千钧一发;险遭意外;死里逃生;幸免于难

Phew!That was a close call—she nearly saw us!
喔,真险!她差点看到我们。

2.pluck n. 勇气;内脏;快而猛的拉

Even those passengers who were most distrustful of themselves pluck up amazingly.
甚至那些对自己最缺乏信心的乘客也令人惊奇地鼓起了勇气。

3.good-humored adj. 心情愉快的;脾气好的

I was to keep ever before them the picture of a bright, passive , good - humored, receptive mass.
我准备在他们面前把群众描绘成一群乐天派、温顺善良、任人摆布。

4.execute vt. 实行;执行;处死

He was executed as a deserter.
他被作为叛逃者处决。

5.symbolism n. 象征,象征主义;符号论;记号

Were you able to penetrate the author's symbolism?
你能理解作者的象征主义吗?

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