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BBC媒体英语 Sale of Titanic letter 泰坦尼克号书信拍出11.9万英镑

更新时间:2014/5/3 12:24:25 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

沉没游轮泰坦尼克号上最后一封书信在拍卖会上以11.9万英镑的高价成交。这封信由幸存者 Esther Hart 和她年幼的女儿于1912年在泰坦尼克号沉没数小时前书写。

Esther Hart sat down with her seven-year-old daughter Eva to write the letter just eight hours or so before the Titanic hit the iceberg. It was for her mother in London. And in it Mrs Hart wrote that they were enjoying what she called "the wonderful journey".

She said they were likely to arrive in New York early because of the speed at which the ship was travelling.

The letter ended up in the coat pocket of her husband Benjamin and only survived because he gave her the coat to keep warm. He died along with more than 1,500 others.

Titanic memorabilia continues to be big business. A menu on the day of the disaster was recently sold for £76,000, whilst a violin, played as the ship sank, went for £900,000.

Quiz 听力测验

1. When was the letter written?
Eight hours before the Titanic hit the iceberg.

2. Why did Esther Hart think she would be in New York earlier than planned?
Because the ship was travelling faster than expected.

3. True or False?: The letter was found because Esther Hart kept it in her pocket.
False. It was in her husband's coat pocket.

4. Which word in the text means 'items which remind you of an important event'?
Memorabilia.

Glossary 词汇表

or so (时间)大约
hit 撞上了
likely 很可能
survived 保留下来
memorabilia 收藏品,重要物品
big business 大商机,大生意

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