Lesson 40 Who's who真假难辨Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
How did the policeman discover that the whole thing was a joke?
It has never been explained why university students seem to enjoy practical jokes more than else. Students specialize in a particular type of practical joke: the hoax. Inviting the fire brigade to put out a nonexistent fire is a crude form of deception which no self-respecting student would ever indulge in. Students often create amusing situations which are funny to everyone except the victims.
When a student recently saw two workmen using a pneumatic drill outside his university, he immediately telephoned the police and informed them that two students dressed up as workmen were tearing up the road with a pneumatic drill. As soon as he had hung up, he went over to the workmen and told them that if a policeman ordered them to go away, they were not take him seriously. He added that a student had dressed up as a policeman and was playing all sorts of silly jokes on people. Both the police and the workmen were grateful to the student for this piece of advance information.
The student did in an archway nearby where he could watch and hear everything that went on. Sure enough, a policeman arrived on the scene and politely asked the workmen to go away. When he received a very rude reply from one of the workmen. He threatened to remove them by force. The workmen told him to do as he pleased and the policeman telephoned for help. Shortly afterwards, four more policemen arrived and remonstrated with the workmen. As the men refused to stop working, the police attempted to seize the pneumatic drill. The workmen struggled fiercely and one of them lost his temper. He threatened to call the police. At this, the police pointed out ironically that this would hardly be necessary as the men were already under arrest. Pretending to speak seriously, one of the workmen asked if he might make a telephone call before being taken to the station. Permission was granted and a policeman accompanied him to a pay phone. Only when he saw that the man was actually telephoning the police did he realize that they had all been the victims of a hoax.
那个学生躲在附近一拱形的门廊里，在那儿可以看见、听到现场发生的一切。果然，警察来了，不礼貌地请工人离开此地；但其中一个工人粗鲁地回了几句。于是警 察威胁要强行使他们离开。工人说，悉听尊便。警察去打电话叫人。一会儿工夫，又来了4个警察，规劝工人离开。由于工人拒绝停下手中的活，警察想夺风钻。两 个工人奋力抗争，其中一个发了火，威胁说要去叫警察。警察听后讥讽地说，这大可不必，因为他俩已被逮捕了。其中一个工人装模作样地问道，在被带往警察局之 前，是否可以打一个电话。警察同意了，陪他来到一个投币地电话前，当他看到那个工人真的是给警察挂电话，才恍然大悟，原来他们都成一场骗局的受害者。
New words and expressions 生词和短语
Notes on the text课文注释
1 It has never been explained why...，在这个句子中真正的主语是以why引导的主语从句。
2 specialize in，专门从事。
3 inviting ... fire,是动名词短语，此处作主语，put out作“扑灭”、“熄灭”讲。
4 dress up as，装扮成。
5 they were not to take him seriously,(他们)不要把他当回事。
6 grateful to the student for this piece of advance information,对这个学生事先通报情况表示感谢。be grateful to sb. for sth.，对某人因某事表示感谢。
7 as he pleased，是方式状语从句，后面省略了to do，可译作“随他的便”。
8 be under arrest,被逮捕，拘禁。
9 Only when…did he realize that...。在这句话中，only加上状语从句放在句首，因此主句的主谓语要用倒装的句式。
Lesson 40 课后练习和答案Exercises and Answer
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- 新概念英语第三册第2课:Thirteen equals one
- 新概念英语第三册第3课:An unknown goddess
- 新概念英语第三册第4课:The double life of Alfred Bloggs
- 新概念英语第三册第5课:The facts
- 新概念英语第三册第7课:Mutilated ladies
- 新概念英语第三册第8课:A famous monastery
- 新概念英语第三册第9课:Flying cats
- 新概念英语第三册第10课:The loss of the Titanic