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Lesson 12

Life on a desert island

荒岛生活

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  • Lesson 12
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  • Life on a desert island
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  • What was exceptional about the two men's stay on the desert island?
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  • Most of us have formed an unrealistic picture of life on a desert island.
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  • We sometimes imagine a desert island to be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines.
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  • Life there is simple and good.
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  • Ripe fruit falls from the trees and you never have to work.
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  • The other side of the picture is quite the opposite.
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  • Life on a desert island is wretched.
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  • You either starve to death or live like Robinson Crusoe,
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  • waiting for a boat which never comes.
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  • Perhaps there is an element of truth in both these pictures,
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  • but few of us have had the opportunity to find out.
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  • Two men who recently spent five days on a coral island wished they had stayed there longer.
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  • They were taking a badly damaged boat from the Virgin Islands to Miami to have it repaired.
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  • During the journey,their boat began to sink.
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  • They quickly loaded a small rubber dinghy with food,matches,and cans of beer
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  • and rowed for a few miles across the Caribbean until they arrived at a tiny coral island.
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  • There were hardly any trees on the island and there was no water,
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  • but this did not prove to be a problem.
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  • The men collected rainwater in the rubber dinghy.
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  • As they had brought a spear gun with them,they had plenty to eat.
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  • They caught lobster and fish every day,and as one of them put it 'ate like kings'.
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  • When a passing tanker rescued them five days later,
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  • both men were genuinely sorry that they had to leave.
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