【新概念英语四】第4课 Seeing hands 能看见东西的手
First listen and then answer the following question.
How did Vera discover she had this gift of second sight?
Several cases have been reported in Russia recently of people who can read and detect colours with their fingers, and even see through solid doors and walls. One case concerns an eleven-year-old schoolgirl, Vera Petrova, who has normal vision but who can also perceive things with different parts of her skin, and through solid walls. This ability was first noticed by her father. One day she came into his office and happened to put her hands on the door of a locked safe. Suddenly she asked her father why he kept so many old newspapers locked away there, and even described the way they were done up in bundles.
Vera's curious talent was brought to the notice of a scientific research institute in the town of Ulyanovsk, near where she lives, and in April she was given a series of tests by a special commission of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federal Republic. During these tests she was able to read a newspaper through an opaque screen and, stranger still, by moving her elbow over a child's game of Lotto she was able to describe the figures and colours printed on it; and, in another instance, wearing stockings and slippers, to make out with her foot the outlines and colours of a picture hidden under a carpet. Other experiments showed that her knees and shoulders had a similar sensitivity. During all these tests Vera was blindfold; and, indeed, except when blindfold she lacked the ability to perceive things with her skin. It was also found that although she could perceive things with her fingers this ability ceased the moment her hands were wet.
ERIC DE MAUNY Seeing hands from The Listener
【New words and expressions 生词和短语】
solid adj. 坚实的
safe n. 保险柜
ulyanovsk n. 乌里扬诺夫斯克
commission n. 委员会
opaque adj. 不透明的
lotto n. 一种有编号的纸牌
slipper n. 拖鞋
blindfold adj.& adv. 被蒙上眼睛的
1. of people who can read...,这个定语从句用来修饰主语cases，由于太长，因此被移至谓语之后。
2. through solid walls与with different parts of her skin并列，作perceive的状语。
3. perceive things辨认东西。
例句：I perceived a change in his behaviour/that his behaviour had changed.
percieve sth as sth表示理解或领悟某事物。
例句：I perceived his comment as a challenge.
4. lock something away，把某物锁起来。
lock onto sth追踪目标
5. do up，捆，包，也表示收拾。
例句：At camp, the boys have to do up their own cabins.
6. bring...to the notice of，引起某人注意。
例句：It was Susan who brought the problem to our notice.
take notice of表示注意，留心。
例句：Please take notice of my announcement.
7. except when blindfold，其中when之后省略了she was。
8. the moment her hands were wet，这是一个时间状语从句，the moment有“一……就……”的意思，省略了when。
例句：The meoment when I got home, it started to rain.