Lesson 95 A fantasy纯属虚构
First listen and then answer the question.
Why was the Ambassador particularly lucky?
When the Ambassador or Escalopia returned home for lunch, his wife got a shock. He looked pale and his clothes were in a frightful state.
'What has happened?' she asked. 'How did your clothes get into such a mess?'
'A fire extinguisher, my dear,' answered the Ambassador drily. 'University students set the Embassy on fire this morning.'
'Good heavens!' exclaimed his wife. 'And where were you at the time?'
'I was in my office as usual,' answered the Ambassador. 'The fire broke out in the basement. I went down immediately, of course, and that fool, Horst, aimed a fire extinguisher at me. He thought I was on fire. I must definitely get that fellow posted.'
The Ambassador's wife went on asking questions, when she suddenly noticed a big hole in her husband's hat.
'And how can you explain that?' she asked.
'Oh, that,' said the Ambassador. 'Someone fired a shot through my office window. Accurate, don't you think? Fortunately, I wasn't wearing it at the time. If I had been, I would not have been able to get home for lunch.'
New words and expressions 生词和短语
Lesson 95 自学导读First things first
课文详注 Further notes on the text
1．How did your clothes get into such a mess? 你的衣服怎么搞得一塌糊涂？
mess 表示“脏乱状态”时通常与in连用或与 get into连用（cf．第54 课课文详注）：
When she returned from the market, the children had got the room into a terrible mess.
Why was her hair in such a mess?
2．University students set the Embassy on fire this morning. 今天上午大学生们放火点着了大使馆。
set on fire 为固定短语，表示“使……燃烧”、“放火烧……”：
In 1834, someone set the Houses of Parliament on fire.
Have you found out who set my car on fire?
3．The fire broke out in the basement. 地下室突然着火。
break out 可以指火灾、战争等“突然发生”、“爆发”：
World War I broke out in 1914.
When the fire broke out in the ship, Sally was frightened out of her wits.
4．The Ambassador's wife went on asking questions…
go on+ 动名词表示某个动作“继续不停”：
We went on talking till after midnight.
go on+ 不定式则指做不同的事：
After making the bed, she went on to cook breakfast.铺好床后，她接着便做早饭。
5．Someone fired a shot through my office window. 有人向我办公室窗户开了一枪。
When the prisoner of war tried to escape, a guard fired a gun at him.
A young man fired on the British Ambassador to Japan.
词汇学习 Word study
He aimed a fire extinguisher at me.
He aimed at the dog but missed.
What he aims for is money.
She aims to be a painter.
What is your aim in life?
You've missed your aim again.
I must definitely get that fellow posted.
Two months ago, Horst was posted to Paris.
He posted me a Christmas card last year.
Would you please post this parcel for me?
Lesson 95 课后练习和答案Exercises and Answer