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Unit108 YOU GO YOUR WAY, I'LL GO MINE

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                  A young boy faces the impossible,task of trying to 

                  soften the blow of tragic news. 
               YOU GO YOUR WAY, I'LL GO MINE  
         The  messenger got  off  his bicycle  in  front of  the  house of  Mrs. Rosa 

    Sandoval.  He went to the door and knocked gently.  He  knew  almost imme-

    diately  that someone  was  inside the house. He could not  hear anything, but

    he was  sure the knock was  bringing  someone to the door and he was  most 

5  eager to see who this person  would  be--this  woman named  Rosa Sandoval 

    who was now to hear of  murder  in  the world  and to  feel it  in  herself. The

    door was  not a  long  time  opening,  but  there  was no hurry  in  the  way  it

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              the  door  was  as  if,whoever  she was, she 

              had   nothing   in  the  world   to  fear.  Then 

              the  door  was  open,  and   there  she   was.

                    To  Homer  the  Mexican   woman   was 

              beautiful.   He   could    see   that   she   had 

              been    patient   all    her  life,  so  that  now, 

              after  years  of   it,  her  lips  were   set  in  a

              gentle   and    saintly    smile.   But   like   all 

              people  who  never   receive   telegrams   the 

              appearance  of  a   messenger   at   the  front 

              door    is     full    of    terrible   implications. 

              Homer   knew   that   Mrs.  Rosa   Sandoval

              was  shocked  to  see  him . Her  first  word

    was  the  first  word  of   all surprise.She said"Oh," as if instead of a  messen-

    ger she  had  thought of opening the door to someone  she had known a  long 

    time and would  be  pleased  to sit down  with.  Before  she spoke  again  she

25 studied Homer's  eyes and Homer knew that she  knew the message  was  not

    a welcome one.

        "You have a telegram?" she said.

        It wasn't  Homer's  fault.  His  work  was  to  deliver  telegrams.  Even  so , 

    it seemed to him that  he  was part of  the  whole  mistake.  He  felt  awkward

30 and almost  as if he  alone were  responsible  for what had  happened. At  the 

    same time he  wanted  to come  right  out  and  say,  "I'm  only  a  messenger, 

    Mrs.Sandoval. I'm  very sorry I  must  bring  you  a  telegram  like this, but  it

    is only because it is my work to do so. "

         "Who is it for?" the Mexican woman said.

35      "Mrs.  Rosa  Sandoval, 1129 G Street,"   Homer  said.  He  extended  the 

    telegram to the Mexican woman, but she would not touch it.

         "Are you Mrs. Sandoval?" Homer said.

         "Please," the  woman  said. " Please  come  in.  I  cannot  read  English.  I 

    am Mexican. I read only  La  Prensa which comes  from  Mexico City."   She 

40 paused a  moment and  looked  at the boy  standing  awkwardly  as  near  the

    door as he could be and still be inside the house.

        "Please, " she said, "what does the telegram say?" 

        "Mrs. Sandoval, " the messenger said, "the telegram says-"

        But  now  the  woman  interrupted  him.  " But   you  must  open  the  tele-

45 gram  and read  it  to  me, " she said. "  You have not opened  it. " 

       "Yes,  ma'  am, "  Homer said  as if  he were  speaking  to a  school teacher 

    who had just corrected him.

       He  opened  the  telegram  with   nervous   fingers.  The   Mexiean   woman 

    stooped  to pick  up the  torn envelope, and tried to smooth it out.As she did

50 so she said, "Who sent the telegram - my son Juan Domingo?"

        "No,  ma'  am. "  Homer  said.  "The  telegram  is  from   the War  Depart-

    ment. "

        "War Department?"  the Mexican woman said.

        "Mrs.Sandoval,"  Homer  said  swiftly, "your  son  is  dead.  Maybe  it's  a 

55  mistake.  Everybody  makes  a   mistake,  Mrs.  Sandoval.  Maybe  it  wasn't  

    your  son  Maybe  it  was  somebody  else.  The  telegram   says  it  was Juan 

    Domingo. But maybe the telegram is wrong."

        The Mexican woman pretended not to hear.

        "Oh, do not be afraid,"  she said.  "Come inside. Come inside.  I  will 

60 bring you candy."  She took the  boy's  arm and  brought him  to the  table at

    the center of the room and there she made him sit.

         "All boys like candy,"  she said.  "I will bring you candy."  She went 

    into another room and soon returned with  an  old  chocolate  candy box. She

    opened the  box  at  the table and in  it Homer saw a strange kind of candy.

65     "Here, " she said. "Eat this candy. All boys like candy. "              

         Homer  took a  piece  of  the  candy  from  the box,  put it  into his mouth,

    and tried to chew.

        "You would  not  bring  me a  bad  telegram, "  she said.  "You are a good 

    boy--like my little Juanito when he was a  little  boy. Eat another  piece."

70 And she made the messenger take another piece of the candy.               

        Homer   sat  chewing   the  dry  candy  while  the  Mexican  woman  talked.

    "It is our own candy," she said, "from cactus.I made it for my Juanito 

    when he come home, but you eat it. You are my boy, too. "

         Now suddenly she began to sob, holding  herself  in as if weeping  were  a

75 disgrace. Homer wanted to get up and  run,  but he  knew  he  would stay. He  

    even thought  he  might  stay  the  rest of  his  life. He  just  didn't  know what

    else to do to try  to make the woman less unhappy ,and  if  she had asked him

    to take  the  place of  her son, he would not have been able to refuse, because

    he would  not  have known how.  He  got  to  his  feet,  as  if  by  standing  he

80 meant to  begin  correcting what could not be corrected and then he knew the 

    foolishness of  this  intention  and  became  more  awkward  than  ever. In  his 

    heart  he was  saying  over  and  over  again,  "What  can  I do?  What the hell

    can I do?  I'm only the messenger. "
                                      New Words
  soften / v.                     (cause to) become soft (er) or gentle 

                                             (使)软化; (使)温和

 tragic / a.                      very sad,unfortunate;of or related

                                         to tragedy 悲惨的;悲剧的

 messenger / n.              a person employed to deliver telegrams, 

                                          letters or parcels 送信人;电报投递员       

 gently ad.                     softly 轻轻地      

 immediately / ad.          at once 

  immediate a.                     

  eager / a.                      marked by strong interest or impatient 

                                            desire 热切的,渴望的   

 hinge / n.             铰链

 whoever / pron.            no matter who 无论谁,不管谁 

 saintly / a.                     like a saint; very holy 像圣徒一样的;圣洁的

 implication / n.        含义         		

   imply vt.                    

  shock / vt.                    cause unpleasant or angry surprise to (sb.) 

                                            使(某人)震惊

 deliver / vt.                    take (sth.) to the place where it must go 

                                          交付,递送   

 awkward / a.                 uncomfortable  尴尬的   

 Mexican n. &a.             墨西哥人;墨西哥()pause / vi.                     stop for a short time 暂停,中止    

 interrupt / vt.                 stop (sb. speaking) by breaking in 打断 

                            (某人讲话)   		

  nervous / a.                   神经质的;紧张的

 ma'am /                         madam ( used in direct address ) 	

                           夫人,太太,小姐           

 smooth vt.                     make smooth or smoother ...弄平    

 department / n.              部门;系        	 

 swiftly / ad.                   rapidly, quickly 快速的;敏捷地    

    swift a.       

  chocolate / n.                 巧克力()          	

  chew / vt.                       crush (food) with the teeth    

  cactus / n.                      仙人掌     	? 

 sob / vi.                         cry with short, quick breaths 啜泣;呜咽     

 disgrace / n.                   shame 耻辱;丢脸的人(或事)      

  unhappy a.                     not happy    

  hell / n.                          地狱           		

        
 	                   

 Phrases & Expressions    
    heetr of                                have knowledge of or receive information  

                                                    about 听到,听说   

  be responsible for                 be the cause of 应对...负责的      

  come out (with)                    speak out 大声的说,清楚的说       

  smooth out                           make smooth(er)            

    hold oneself in                      control one's feelings     

    take the place of                    act or be used instead of , replace 代替,取代 

  get to one's feet                    stand up        

    over and over again               very often, repeatedly 反复地,再三地   

                       

                                           

                  

   Rosa Sandoval /                    罗莎.桑多瓦尔    

   Homer/                                 霍默        

   Mexica City /                         墨西哥城(墨西哥首都)  

     Juan Domingo /                     胡安.多明哥       

   the War Department               (美国)陆军部(旧称)       

     Juanito /                                胡安尼特(Juan的呢称) Proper Names  

 
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