【New words and expressions】 生词和短语
smash: (vt.)break sth.into pieces violently
(vi.)The dishes smashed on the
smash into: 撞击到某处
grab: seize suddenly
catch: get hold of sth./sb moving
snatch: catch sth./sb. suddenly and violently
seize: 强调抓住、抓到的结果 Fear seized her.
on the background of sth.
a man of excellent background
scramble(vi.): creep quickly
fantastic: very great /large
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
How did Mr. Taylor try to stop the thieves?
The expensive shops in a famous near
Piccadilly were just "opening. At this time of the morning, the
arcade was almost empty. Mr. Taylor, the owner of a jewellery shop
was admiring a new display. Two of his assistants had been working
busily since eight o'clock and had only just finished. Diamond
necklaces and rings had been beautifully arranged on a background of
black velvet. After gazing at the display for several minutes, Mr.
Taylor went back into his shop.
The silence was suddenly broken when a large car,
with its headlights on and its home blaring, roared down the arcade.
It came to a stop outside the jeweller's. One man stayed at the
wheel while two others with black stocking over their faces jumped
out and smashed the window of the shop with iron bars. While this
was going on, Mr. Taylor was upstairs. He and his staff began
throwing furniture out of the window. Chairs and tables went flying
into the arcade. One of the thieves was struck by a heavy statue,
but he was too busy helping himself to diamonds to notice any pain.
The raid was all over in three minutes, for the men scrambled back
into the car and it moved off at a fantastic speed. Just as it was
leaving, Mr. Taylor rushed out and ran after it throwing ashtrays
and vases, but it was impossible to stop the thieves. They had got
away with thou