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Deep into the night,the bus pulled into a Howard Johnson’s restaurant and everybody got off the bus except Vinge.The young people began to wonder about him,trying to imagine his life:perhaps he was a sea captain;maybe he had run away from wife;he could be an old soldier going home.When they went to the bus,one of the girls sat beside him and introduced herself.After a long time,slowly and painfully,he began to tell his story. He had been in prison in New York for the last four years,and now he was going home.?

“Well,when I was in prison I wrote to my wife.I said,Martha,I understand if you can’t stay married to me.I said I was going to be away a long time,and that if she couldn’t stand it,if the kids kept asking questions,if it hurt her too much,well,she could just forget me.Get a new young man—she’s a wonderful woman—and forget all about me.I told her she didn’t have to write to me,and she didn’t,Not for the three and a half years.”?

“Last week,when I was sure freedom was coming through,I wrote to her.I told her that if she had a new young man,I would understand.But if she didn’t,if she would take me back,she should let me know.We used to live in this town,Brunswick,and there’s a great big oak tree just as you come into the town.I told her if she would take me back,she should put a yellow handkerchief on the tree,and if she didn’t want me,forgot me,no handkerchief and I’d keep going on through.”?

Soon all the others were in it.When they were 20 miles from Brunswick,the young people took over window seats on the right side,waiting for the approach of the great oak tree.Vinge stopped looking,tightening his face into the ex-con’s mask.Then it was 10 miles,and then five,and the bus became very quiet.?

Then suddenly all of the young people were up out of their seats,screaming and shouting and crying,doing small dances.All except Vinge.?

1.Vinge in the story used to be a .?

A.soldier in the war?

B.sea captain?

C.prisoner?

D.manager on business?

2.In the story,the yellow handkerchief probably means ________.?

A.happiness?

B.sadness?

C.I hate you?

D.I still love you?

3.Vinge “stopped looking,tightening his face into the ex-con’s mask.”because.

A.he was excited to think of his wife?

B.he was ashamed for what he had done?

C.he was afraid to see the handkerchief on the oak tree.?

D.he was afraid that he might not see the yellow handkerchief on the oak tree?

4.The bus became quiet when it came near the town because all the passengers.

A.goy tired after a long journey?

B.got too sad to say anything?

C.grew excited and worried to see the oak tree?

D.were attracted by the story

1. 解析:由第一段最后一句可知。?

答案:C

2. 解析:结合全文,不难看出,这位年轻人的妻子把黄丝巾挂在了老橡树上,这说明她依然?爱他。??

答案:D

3. 解析:从上下文可以看出,这个年轻人那种急切复杂的心情。?

答案:D

4.解析:人们被故事所深深吸引,所以当汽车使近那个村庄时,人们都想知道老橡树上是否会有黄丝巾。?

答案:C

 

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