Life on a desert island
【New words and expressions】 生词和短语
desert: 沙漠 背弃，遗弃
A lot of people imagine the USA as their paradise.
lead a wretched/miserable/terrible life
starve to death
Opportunity knocks only once.
There is a chance that I will see him
The chances are that he will be elected the president.
He is genuinely thankful to me
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
What was exceptional about the two men's stay on the desert island?
Most of us have formed an unrealistic picture
of life on a desert island. We sometimes imagine a desert island to
be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines. Life there is
simple and good. Ripe fruit falls from the trees and you never have
to work. The other side of the picture is quite the opposite. Life
on a desert island is wretched. You either starve to death or live
like Robinson Crusoe, Waiting for a boat which never comes. Perhaps
there is an element of truth in both these pictures, but few us have
had the opportunity to find out.
Two men who recently spent five days on a coral
island wished they had stayed there longer. They were taking a badly
damaged boat from the Virgin Islands to Miami to have it repaired.
During the journey, their boat began to sink. They quickly loaded a
small rubber dinghy with food, matches, and cans of beer and rowed
for a few miles across the Caribbean until they arrived at a tiny
coral island. There were hardly any trees on the island and there
was no water, but this did not prove to be a problem. The men
collected rainwater in the rubber dinghy. As they had brought a
spear gun with them, they had plenty to eat. They caught lobster and
fish every day，and, as one of them put it 'ate like kings'. When a
passing tanker rescued them five days later, both men were genuinely
sorry that they had to leave.