单元主题：Lessons in life
words and expressions
be reunited with(使)重聚
anticipate [?n?tisipeit] 预期,预料
recognition [?rek?g?ni??n] n.承认,认可
cooperate [k?u??p?reit]v. 合作,协作
fee [fi?] n工作酬金,服务费
transparent [tr?ns?pe?r?nt] adj.透明的
vexed [vekst] adj.恼火的
absurd [?b?s??d] adj.荒唐的,愚蠢的
stroke [str?uk] v.轻抚,抚摸
instinctively [in?sti?ktivli] adv:本能地
despair [dis?pe?] n.绝望
luxury [?l?k??ri]n. 奢华，奢侈
Tuesdays with Morrie
Despite being a sports journalist with a successful career ahead of him, Mitch Albom feels that there is something missing from his life. This all changes when he is reunited with his favourite college professor: Morrie Schwartz. On discovering that Morrie is being weakened by a severe illness, Mitch starts visiting him at his house on Tuesdays. The weekly conversations between Mitch and Morrie result in a series of lessons on the meaning of life and how best to live it.
This book is about dying, but it is not pessimistic. Indeed, it was pleasant surprise to find that this book is filled with joy and hope.Morrie’s bravery towards the end of his life is inspirational and has made me value my own life more. In fact,far from being a book about death, it's a book about life. As Morrie says, "Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. "As Morrie anticipates his own death, he observes everything as though through new eyes—the things around him seem more beautiful than ever before and hold new meanings.From his window, he watches each season change, knowing it could be his last. This encourages us to appreciate what we have and to make the most of each day.
I think this book should be on
all school reading lists. After finishing it, I feel I have been given a deeper insight into the world and can see things from a different point of view. On the 11th Tuesday, Morrie explains that". the big things-how we think. what we value—those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone—or any society-—determine those for you.While we are living, we tend to get distracted by unimportant things, such as gathering material possessions. I think it's important for young people to know that making a lot of money won’t always make them happy, or that looking different doesn't make a person abnormal! It's up to us to find out what is important in our lives and establish our own values.
Morrie says that most people"seem half-asleep", even when they're doing things they think are important. Reading this book made me feel as if Id been woken up from a long sleep and finally opened my eyes to the world!
Despite its widespread recognition, my first impression was that Tuesdays with Morrie is just made up of a collection of over-emotional thoughts and messages, many of which are repeated. But thinking back, it did teach me a lesson or two. The book made me stop and think about how much I am influenced by popular culture and the importance of creating my own values based on love and open communication. Although it isnt my favourite book, I'd still recommend that people read it —after all, it is something that's a bit different！
Warning! A box of tissues will be needed to get through this book! Morrie's reflections on love and friendship made me think about my life and all the good friends that I've lost touch with along the way. It made me realise just how much I miss them
I guess thats one of the lessons of the book —always keep in touch with the good people you meet as you go through life. Like Mitch, Morrie makes you aware that you want to die feeling that you have lived life to the full, knowing that you are loved and have loved others as much as you could. As Morries favourite poet Auden said, "Love each other or perish.
Using lang uage
THE BLUE BIRD
Tyltyl and Mytyl have been searching for the Blue Bird in the Land of Memory, the Palace of Night and the Forest. Now, they have arrived at the Palace of Happiness.
SCENE II. -The Palace of Happiness
(A troop of HAPPINESSES rush into the hall, singing,"There they are! They see us "They dance merrily around the CHILDREN, then the one who appears to be the chief goes up to TYLTYL with hand outstretched.)
THE HAPPINESS How do you do, Tyltyl?
TYLTYL Who are you?
THE HAPPINESS Dont you recognise me?
YLTYL (a little embarrassed) Why,no. ..I don't remember seeing any of you.
(All the other HAPPINESSES burst out laughing. )Why, we are the only things you do know! We are always around you! We eat,drink, wake up, breathe and live with you!
TYLTYL Oh... But I should like to know what your names are...
THE HAPPINESS I am the chief of the Happinesses of your home: and all these are the other Happinesses that live there.
TYLTYL Then there are Happinesses in my home?
(All the HAPPINESSES burst out laughing. ）
THE HAPPINESS You heard him! Are there Happinesses in his home! Why, it is crammed with Happinesses! Let me introduce myself first the Happiness of Being Well. I am not the
prettiest, but I am the most important. This is the Happiness of Pure Air, who is almost transparent. Here is the Happiness of
Loving Ones Parents. Here are the Happiness of the Blue Sky, who, of course is dressed in blue, and the Happiness of the
Forest: you will see him every time you go to the window.
TTWTL Excuse me, but do you know where the Blue Bird is?
THE HAPPINESS He doesn't know where the Blue Bird is!
(All the HAPPINESSES OF THE HOME burst out laughing. )
TTLITIL (vexed)No, I do not know. Theres nothing to laugh at (Fresh bursts of laughter.)
THE HAPPNESS He doesn‘’t know: well, what do you expect?He is no more absurd than the majority of men....
Unable to find the Blue Bird anywhere, the children say goodbye to their magical friends and return home. While they are trying to tell their parents about their adventures, their neighbour comes in. Her sick daughter has wanted Tyltyi's pet bird for a long time, but until now he has been reluctant to give it to her.
SCENE ll—The Awakening.
(Enter NEIGHBOUR BERLINGOT, a little old woman leaning
on a stick.)
MUMMYTYL How is your little girl?
THENEIGHBOUR Only so-so. She can't get up. But I know
what would cure her.
MUMMYTYL Yes, I know; it's Tyltyil's bird. Well, Tyltyl,aren't you going to give it at last to thatpoor little thing?
TYLTYL My bird! Why, he’s blue! But it's my turtle-dove! But he’s much bluer than when I went away! Why, that’s the Blue Bird we were looking for! We went so far and he was here all the time! There,Madame Berlingot, take him to your little girl.
THE NEIGHBOUR Really? Straight away and for nothing?How happy she will be! (Kissing TYLTYL)
(Later: the NEIGHBOUR enters with a little gir/ who carries TYLTYL'S dove in her arms.)
THE NEIGHBOUR Do you see the miracle?She can run. she can dance, she can fly!(Pushing the LITTLE GIRL into TYITYL S arms.) Come along and thank Tyltyl.
(After TYLTYL kisses the LITTLE GIRL rather awkwardly, the
two children look at each other without speaking, then TYLTYL strokes the dove s head.)
TYLTYL Is he blue enough?
THE LITTLL GIRL Yes, I am so pleased with him
TYLTYLL I have seen bluer ones. But those which are quite blue, you know, do what you will, you can't catch them
THE LITTLL GIRL That doesnt matter; hes lovely
TYLTYL Has he had anything to eat? I will show you...
(He moves to take the bird from the LITTLE GIRL'S hands. She resists instinctively, and, in their hesitation, the DOVE escapes and flies away.)
THE LITTLL GIRL (with a cry of despair)He is gone!
TYLTYL Never mind. Don't cry. I will catch him again. (Stepping to the front of the stage and addressing the audience. )If any of you should find him, would you be so very kind as to give him back to us? We need him for our happiness, later on.
(Adaptation from The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck）