Contemporary College English
Book One
Unit 11
The Midnight Visitor
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Unit 11
The Midnight Visitor
Robert Arthur
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Robert Arthur was born on November 10, 1909, at
Fort Mills, Corregidor Island, the Philippines. Arthur
graduated from the University of Michigan in 1930 with a
B.A. in English. After working as an editor at one of the
Publications, he returned to the University of Michigan
where he received his M.A. in Journalism in 1932. He
then moved to New York City, where he lived in
Greenwich Village. During this time, he began writing
stories for publication in magazines. Between his
graduation from Michigan in 1930 and 1940, his stories
were published in Wonder Stories, Detective Fiction
Weekly, Mystery, The Illustrated Detective Magazine,
Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine, Amazing
Stories, The Shadow, Street & Smith Mystery Reader,
Detective Tales, Thrilling Detective, Double Detective,
Startling Stories, Collier's, The Phantom Detective,
Argosy Weekly, Unknown Worlds, and Black Mask.
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In addition, during this time, Arthur worked as a writer
and editor for western, fact detective, and screen
magazines for Dell Publishing, and was associate
editor(副编辑)of Photo-Story, a picture magazine
published by Fawcett Publications. More significantly, he
conceived and edited Pocket Detective Magazine for
Street and Smith, the first pocket-sized, all-fiction
magazine, in which several of his stories were published.
In February 1938, he was married for the first time to
Susan Smith Cleveland, a radio soap opera actress, from
whom he was divorced in 1940. In 1940 he met the
woman, Joan Vaczek, who became his second wife, in a
class on the short story he took at Columbia University.
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That same year Arthur also took a class at Columbia
University in radio writing, in which class he met his
future writing partner, David Kogan, with whom he
eventually wrote and produced his own radio show,
The Mysterious Traveler, which aired on the Mutual
Broadcasting System from 1944 until 1953, and which
won the Edgar Allen Poe award for Best Mystery
Radio Show of the Year in 1952 by the Mystery
Writers of America. The Mysterious Traveler also aired
as the retitled Adventure into Fear, and from 1948 to
1951 Arthur and Kogan also produced Dark Destiny, a
dramatic TV series.
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In December of 1946 Arthur and Vaczek were married,
and moved to Connecticut[美]康涅狄格(州) and later
New York, where they had two children Robert Andrew
Arthur and Elizabeth Ann Arthur. After 1952, Arthur
worked as a co-producer for the radio show Mystery
Time. In 1959, after his divorce from Joan Vaczek,
Arthur moved to Hollywood where he worked in
television. He wrote scripts for The Twilight Zone, and
he worked as a story editor and script writer for Alfred
Hitchcock's TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In
1962 he moved back from Hollywood to Cape May, New
Jersey where he lived with his father's aunt Margaret
Fisher Arthur until his death in 1969.
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Warming-up Questions
Have you ever read any stories or seen any
movies of secret agents ?
What is your impression of a secret agent ?
Who is the best-known image of a secret
agent ever invented ?
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Warming-up Questions
Please enjoy the following pictures in
Hollywood movies and give your
description of 007—James Bond , the
best-known secret agent ever invented
across the world, and make a
comparison between Ausable and 007.
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《杀人执照》
Licence to Kill
《明日帝国》
《诺博士》Dr. No
《黄金眼》Goldeneye
《女王密使》
On Her Majesty's
Secret Service
《择日再死》
Die Another Day
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Possible words used to describe 007:
young
strong
handsome
attractive
intelligent
having infinite powers
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In contrast to 007, what is the image of the
secret agent called Ausable in the
Midnight Visitor ? Try to describe him,
please.
sloppy
fat
no guns
unhealthy
no linguistic genius
nothing mysterious
nothing romantic
nothing exciting
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Think about
it
Being a secret agent so far away from the
commonly accepted image, what is it that
makes Ausable so uncommon?
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In the case of Ausable, the most outstanding
feature must be his wisdom, his presence of
mind and his quick wit. He is not strong
physically, but he can beat his enemy. He is fat
and slow, but he reacts very quickly. He carries
no weapon, but he has an excellent brain which
is more powerful than any magic weapon. He
appears helpless, but he gets rid of his deadly
enemy without lifting a finger. There is no
shooting or fighting, but the battle of wits is
even more exiting and gripping.
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It is precisely this commonness that
makes him so uncommon. The author
is very clever in portraying him in this
way in contrast to the general image
because it makes the story fresh,
unexpected and dramatic.
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Text Appreciation
► Structure of the text
who Ausable is &why
Part 1 (para. 1- 5 ) about:Fowler wants to see him
the unexpected visit of
Part 2 (para.6-16 ) about:Ausable’s adversary Max
how Ausable outwits
Part 3 (para.17-26 ) aboutMax
: and makes him
jump onto the “balcony”
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In-class Discussion
What was Fowler’s first impression of
Ausable?
How did Fowler get his first thrilling
experience of the day?
How did Ausable deal with the situation?
How did Ausable finally outwit Max?
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Paraphrase the following
sentences:
1. Ausable was not at all what a secret
agent should look like.
2. . …it was not the kind of place suitable for a
romantic person like a secret agent.
3. . …his French and German were not very
good, but acceptable.
4. . … the sound of pistol fire and the use of
drugs in somebody’s wine to make him fall
asleep.
5. . …Soon you will see a document/a report
come to me and when I receive that paper,
I’ll place it in the hands of the proper
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Paraphrase the following
sentences:
6.
7.
8.
You frightened/surprised me.
We can assume that Max is an Eastern
German defending the secret document of
new Russian missiles. The question is not in
whose hands it will be safer. It is a life-anddeath struggle.
He was making up a story, which turned out
to be a trap for Max. to make Max swallow
his bait, Ausable pretended to be angry with
the management explained to Fowler why
he was going to complain to the
management about the balcony.
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Paraphrase the following sentences:
9.
10.
The night was pressing against the window
blackly or threateningly. This was an
important detail. Max could have seen that
there was no balcony if it had not been so
dark outside.
It could have been a sigh of relief, a sigh of
satisfaction because everything had worked
out exactly as he had planed.
But notice that Ausable remained
completely calm throughout. For him this
was not unusual experience. It had been
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Focus
Examine the following sentences in Text A
1. …instead of having messages slipped into his hand by
dark-eyed beauties… (para. 4)
2. Keeping his body twisted so that his gun covered the fat
man and his guest… (para. 22)
3. For halfway across the room, … stood a man.(para. 6)
4. This is the second time in a month that somebody has
gotten into my room … (para. 11)
5. It might have saved me some trouble had I known about
it. (para12)
6. I wish I knew how you learned about the report. (para. 15)
7. Except for the gun, he did not look very dangerous. (para.
9)
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Grammar Exercises
1. In Australia, the Asians make their influence
C in business large and small.
___
A. feeling
B. feel
C. felt
D. to be felt
2.
D about his real
His remarks left me ___
purpose.
A. wondered
B. wonder
C. to wonder
D. wondering
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Grammar Exercises
B wherever you go.
3. You will see this product ___
A. to be advertised
B. advertised
C. advertise
D. advertising
C of how
4.The manager promised to keep me ___
business was going on.
A. to be informed
B. on informing
C. informed
D. informing
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Grammar Exercises
B a small island.
5. To the north of the village ____
A. lain
B. lies
C. was there
D. there lays
D at full speed.
6. ____
A. Away the car went
the car go
C. Away was the car going
the car
B. Away did
D. Away went
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Grammar Exercises
7. You ___
D him so closely; you should have kept your
distance.
A. shouldn’t follow
B. mustn’t follow
C. couldn’t have been following
D. shouldn’t have been following
8.When we reached the pier, the ferry had not arrived,
so we ___.
A
A. needn’t have hurried
B. needed not worry
C. didn’t need to hurry
D. need not to have worried
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Grammar Exercises
9. The millions of calculations involved, had they been
C all practical value by the time
done by hand, ___
they were finished.
A. had lost
B. would lose
C. would have lost
D. should have lost
A longer this morning, but I had to get up
10. I wish I ___
and come to class.
A. could have slept
B. slept
C. might have slept
D. have slept
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Word
Study
figure:
1. symbol for a number
He has an annual income of six figures.
2. diagram
The blackboard is covered with geometrical
figures like squares and triangles.
3. human form
I saw a figure approaching in the darkness.
She is now on a diet to keep her figure.
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Word
Study
4. person , esp. person of influence
a great historical figure
figure… out: calculate; think about until one
understands
我们必须想出解决这个问题的办法。
We must figure out how to solve the
problem.
我想不出那位戴墨镜的夫人是谁。
I couldn't figure out who the lady with the
sunglasses was.
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Word Study
risk
She is too sensible to take/run a risk when driving.
We’ll take /run the risk of being late.
He was determined to get there even at the risk of
his life.
v. risk+ n.
-ing
To save that traveler, they had to risk getting caught
in the storm.
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Word Study
start n.
[c] sudden movement of surprise, fear etc.
He sat up with a start.
The news gave him a start.
startle vt.
give a shock or surprise to
She was startled to see that man so pale.
What startling news it was that the building caught
fire!
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Word Study
concerning
prep.
This book deals with questions
concerning China’s diplomatic policies.
synonyms:
regarding
with reference to
with respect to
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Word Study
command:
1. order
The officer commanded his men to fire.
The officer commanded that his men
(should) fire.
2. control; hold back
command oneself / one’s temper
commanding adj.
He said in a commanding tone.
He is now in a commanding position.
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Word Study
blink: vt & vi. shut and open the eyes
quickly
blink one’s eyes
blink away one’s tears
(fig) refuse to consider; ignore
blink at the law 无视法律
你不能忽视那个事实。
You can't blink that fact.
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Word Study
gaze stare glance glimpse
examples:
We stood there, gazing at the beautiful
scenery.
They stared at her clothes in amazement.
He stared at her straight in the eye.
She glanced at her watch.
He glanced through the report.
He caught a glimpse of the Town Hall
clock as he drove past.
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Word Study
Ex. 6. 2) on P. 275
to glance at to stare at to gaze at
glanced at the memo and said
1. Miss Zhou __________
my appointment with the president was at
4:00 p.m.
gazed at her. He simply could not
2. He just __________
recall where he had met her.
glanced at the envelope and immediately
3. I __________
recognized my mother’s handwriting.
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Word Study
Ex. 6. 2) on P. 275
to glance at to stare at to gaze at
4. My father would sometimes sit at his desk,
gazing at
__________
the photo of my grandparents
with tears in his eyes.
5. Why are you __________
staring at me like this? What
have I done wrong?
6. We call it the Moon Festival because on the
night of that day, people will go outside and
gaze at the moon.
__________
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Word Formation
Word formation:
compound nouns
1. n.+ n.
doorbell
2. n.+v.
heartbeat
3. adj. + n.
greenhouse
4. n.+ gerund
daydreaming
5. gerund + n.
frying-pan
6. v. +adv.
breakthrough
7. adv.+ v.
income
8. n.+prep.+n.
sister-in-law
9. v.+pron.+adv.
forget-me-not
seaside
headache
shorthand
sun-bathing
sleeping-bag
dropout
outbreak
mother-in-law
touch-me-not
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Word Formation
Word formation:
compound adjectives
1. n..+ -ed
thunder-struck
sun-tanned
2.
n.+ -ing peace-loving
fault-finding
meat-eating
English-speaking
3.
n.+ adj. seasick
taxfree
knee-deep
nation-wide
4.
adj.+ -ed open-minded
hot-tempered
quick-witted
cool-headed
5.
adv.+-ing hardworking
everlasting
well-behaved
new-built
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Word Formation
Word formation:
compound adjectives
6. compound adjectives formed from phrases :
1)
They kept a round-the-clock watch on the house.
2)
The police made an on-the-spot inspection.
3)
Jack is of the look-before-you-leap sort.
4)
He told the whole story in a matter-of-fact tone.
5)
I’ll cherish those never-to-be-forgotten days.
6)
…you will see a paper…come to me in the
next-last-step of its journey into official hands.
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After-class Assignment
Try to act out the movie.
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