The metropolitan rush hour
It is just 7:00 in the morning and already there are the early birds at the subway and bus stations. Not wanting to be caught up in the rush hour, they rise early so as to be ahead of the mad crowds who will soon appear from all directions. Quietly they get into the subway train and the buses and lean back to catch up on their sleep.
With the hands of the clock pointing at 7:20, the exciting scene happens. Out of nowhere there are thousands of vehicles on the road, cars, motor-cycles, taxis, buses and bikes fly their way through streets and lanes, horning at each other and cursing the traffic lights. There are also people, smartly dressed office ladies and gentlemen, uniformed workers, nurses, teachers and students, rushing about, now and then anxiously glancing at their watches and blaming everybody that blocks the way. School children seem never to walk but run everywhere like a swarm of bees. To the rush mass nothing is more important than getting in time to their destinations.
This is the metropolitan rush hour. But about an hour later, the roads are free of heavy traffic, people are seen walking slowly, vacant seats on the buses are waiting for passengers. The mad rush for the day is over, but it will be repeated at the same time the next day.
about the early risers
about the commuters and transportation
metropolitan rushhour — repetition every day.
本文是一篇描写文。作者以写实的手法描绘了都市交通高峰期的种种情况。由于我们大多生活在城市, 每天都会经历这样的场面, 因此在读本文时会有亲身的感受。全文以时间顺序来展开, 描写各种车辆、人流的繁忙景象, 最后以“这种景象会日复一日地继续”而结束全文。
metropolitan rush hour 大都市的交通高峰
early birds = ear ly riser s
subway n. 地铁
ahead of 在⋯⋯之前
catch up on their sleep 补充睡眠
with the hands of the clock pointing at 随 着时钟指向( 这是with + n . + -ing 的结构)
out of nowhere... 不知从哪⋯⋯
fly their way through streets and lanes 从大街小巷飞驰而出
horning at each other and cursing the traffic lights 互相按喇叭催促并诅咒交通指示灯
uniformed workers 穿制服的工人
rushing about 乱窜
now and then 不时
a swarm of bees 一群蜜蜂
destination n. 目的地
vacant seats 空位