读英文 | The Naked Face 03

读英文 | The Naked Face 03

The Naked
Face

is the first novel (1970) written by Sidney Sheldon. It was nominated
by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for
Best First Novel by an American Author.
——Wikipedia

▍Chapter Five & Six

Ⅰ. 词汇、表达:

There was nothing in the case histories of any of his patients
that would cause someone to commit murder.

  • case history [cn] 个人档案;(尤指)病历

The call from the hospital reporting the hit-and-run accident came
through the police switchboard a few minutes after ten and was
transferred to the Detective Bureau.

  • hit-and-run [adj.] [only before noun] (of a road accident
    交通事故) caused by a driver who does not stop to help
    驾驶人肇事后逃逸的

Judd’s room was on the sixth floor at the end of a long, dreary
corridor that had the sickly-sweet smell of all hospitals. The nurse
who had phoned was escorting them to Judd’s room.
“What shape is he in, Nurse?” asked McGreavy.
“The doctor will have to tell you that,” she said primly. And then
continued, compulsively. “It’s a miracle the man wasn’t killed. He has
a possible concussion, some bruised ribs, and an injured left
arm.”

  • shape [un] the physical condition of sb / sth 状况;情况
    e.g. What sort of shape was the car in after the accident?
    那车出过事故之后境况怎么样?
    He’s in good shape for a man of his age.
    作为那把年龄的人来说,旁人身不利。
    I like to keep in shape (= keep fit). 笔者欣赏保持健康。
  • concussion /kənˈkʌʃn/ [un] (在美式意大利语中只作可数名词。)
    垂体瘤
    e.g. (BrE) He was taken to hospital with concussion.
    他因脑萎被送进医院。
    (NAmE) He was taken to the hospital with a concussion.
    他因坐骨神经痛被送进医院。

“Yes. They sent him to the Matteawan State Hospital for mentally ill
criminals.”
“Maybe he blames you for having him put away. I’ll check him out.
Just to make sure he hasn’t escaped or been released. Give me a call
in the morning.”

  • put away 把……关进监狱;把……送进精神病院 If someone is put away,
    they are sent to prison or to a mental hospital for a long time.

“Everything hit the fan at once, didn’t it? I read about poor
Carol.”

  • hit the fan [informal] to cause a lot of anger and trouble
    — used especially to describe what happens when people find out
    about something that makes them very angry
    e.g. I don’t want to be there when it hits the fan.
    — often used in the impolite phrase when the shit hits the fan
    灾害临头;惹麻烦;走霉运

When she had first gone to Hollywood, she had landed a job as a
waitress in a drive-in and used most of her wages to go to a
third-rate dramatic coach.

  • land (informal) to succeed in getting a job, etc.,especially one
    that a lot of other people want
    成功获取,赢得,捞到(尤指许多个人想取得的行事)
  • drive-in [cn] 免下车食堂;免下车电影院;免下车商业场面

He knew the agony she was going through, the bottomless despair of
self-loathing, and his heart went out to her.

  • self-loathing [un] 自小编讨厌的;自笔者憎恨的 If someone feels
    self-loathing, they feel great dislike and disgust for themselves.

There was no response. Judd hung up. He stood there a moment,
frowning. Wrong number, he decided. He turned out the office lights,
locked the doors, and moved toward the bank of elevators. All the
tenants were long since gone. It was too early for the night shift
of maintenance workers, and except for Bigelow, the watchman, the
building was deserted.

  • long since at a time in the distant past, long ago
    e.g. questions that have long since been answered [=questions that
    were answered long ago]
    个人档案,an animal that has long since disappeared from this region
    I long since gave up trying to change her mind.

Ⅱ. 段落摘录:

▏Angeli looked at Judd. “Dr. Stevens, if someone really wants to kill
you, all the policemen in the world can’t stop them. If they don’t get
you today, they’ll get you tomorrow. If they don’t get you here, they’ll
get you somewhere else. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a king or a
president, or just plain John Doe. Life is a very thin thread. It only
takes a second to snap it.”

▏“I’ve told you that you don’t need my approval. The only one whose
approval you need is you.
Right and wrong are the rules we make up
ourselves so that we can play in the game with other people. Without
rules, there can’t be a game. But never forget—the rules are
artificial.”

— END —

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