The Girl on the Train 02


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Megan, one year earlier
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I can hear the train coming; I know its rhythm by heart. It picks up speed as it accelerates out of Northcote station and then, after rattling round the bend, it starts to slow down, from a rattle to a rumble, and then sometimes a screech of brakes as it stops at the signal a couple of hundred yards from the house. My coffee is cold on the table, but I'm too deliciously warm and lazy to bother getting up to make myself another cup.
Sometimes I don't even watch the trains go past, I just listen. Sitting here in the morning, eyes closed and the hot sun (阳光)orange on my eyelids, I could be anywhere. I could be in the south of Spain, at the beach; I could be in Italy, the Cinque Terre ([意大利] 五渔村), all those pretty coloured houses and the trains fearing tourists back and forth. I could be back in Holkham with the screech of gulls (海鸥)in my ears and salt on my tongue and a ghost train passing on the rusted (生锈的)track half a mile away.
Vocabulary you should know after this time:
1. rhythm /rɪðəm/ (n.)a regular series of sounds or movements
2. accelerate /ækseləreɪt/ (v.)When a moving vehicle accelerates, it goes faster and faster.
3. rattle /rætəl/ (v./n.)When something rattles or when you rattle it, it makes short sharp knocking sounds because it is being shaken or it keeps hitting against something hard.
4.deliciously /dɪ'lɪʃəslɪ/ If you describe something as delicious, you mean that it is very pleasant. 令人愉悦地
5. bother: If you do not bother to do something or if you do not bother with it, you do not do it, consider it, or use it because you think it is unnecessary or because you are too lazy.
6. sun:除了太阳还表示阳光,as in "he took them into the courtyard to sit in the sun"
7. Cinque Terre: Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃiŋkwe ˈtɛrre] [意大利] 五渔村
8. gull /gʌl/ A gull is a common sea bird .
9. rusted | BrE ˈrʌstɪd |(adj) 生锈的