Three Sundays in a Week
I. Background information 1.Time zone 2.International Date Line 3.Greenwich 4.Greenwich meridian 5.Cape Horn 6.The Cape of Good Hope II. O
rganization of the text 1.part1 para.1） （ ---The theme is stated clearly. Robert and Kate tried to gain their point directly and they began to steer the conversation. 2.part2（paras.2-7）---It is the first step in the steering of the conversation. 3. part3（paras.8-15）---It is the crucial part of the conversation. 4. part4（paras.16-22）---The old man was tricked and the young couple’s aim was achieved. III. True or False? 1.Kate and the writer invited Kate’s two sailor friends to have an idle taik with their uncle. 2.Dr.Double L. Dee was not a family doctor of the Rumgudgeon family. 3.Captain Smitherton circled the Cape of Good Hope twice. 4.The writer’s uncle was an even-tempered old man. 5.Sometimes three Sundays do come together in a week. 6.Captain Pratt and Captain Smitherton were both perfecftly correct in their claims about their Sundays. 7.The readers as well as the old man are tricked by their explanation. 8.The old man , his daughter and the writer were right in their claims about Sunday. IV. Language points 1. under/in the care of left the child in the care of a neighbor. left the house keys in my care ·care of （c/o）由…转交 Address my mail in care of Mary. / Address my mail c/o Mary
2.get one’s consent (to sth.) I had to get my mother's consent before I went. Mary's parents refused their consent to her marriage. The young couple won/obtained/had the consent to their marriage at last. ·Agreement as to opinion or a course of action: She was chosen by common consent to speak for the group. 3. happen It happened that I had no money with me. 偶然..., 碰巧... Do you happen to know his new telephone number? I happened to see Peter on the way to the bookstore yesterday. He would not have met the beautiful girl if it hadn’t so happened that he’d missed the train. 4. steer: to control or guide the direction of sth.(a vehicle, a conversation, an
organization, a plan, etc.) He steered the ship carefully between the rocks. steer one's country to peace and prosperity 5. bid bid for sth./to do sth.: try to obtain/do it bid farewell to sb./ bid sb farewell 向某人告别 The little girl bid her grannie good morning as she gets up in the morning. He made a strong bid for the championship. 他尽了最大的努力试图夺取冠军。 6. make a/some/no/any/not much/a great deal of difference It won’t make much difference whether you go today or tomorrow. Does that make any difference? 7.purple with anger green with envy, ash-white with terror 8.mistaken mistaken ideas If I am not mistaken, that is the man we met on the train. If you thought she intended to be rude, you were mistaken.
9.as if/ as though He acts as if he knew nothing about it. They talked as though they had travelled round the Cape of Good hope. It looks as if it is going to rain at once. Some flowers shut up at night as if to sleep (they were to sleep). He glanced as if in search of something. 10.on the contrary I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health. 11. remain I went to the city, but my brother remained at home. (留下) Peter became a judge but John remained a fisherman. (继续) He's determined to remain loyal to the team whatever comes his way. 12.word keep one’s word/break one’s word give one’s word 保证 take one’s word 相信某人的话 eat one’s word 收回自己所说的话，承认说错了 VI. Writing techniques 1.It is a delightful piece of narrative writing. 2.The title arouses the reader’s curiosity at once. 3.The plot is simple. 4.The language is lucid and it gives clues to the intention to trick the old man. 5.The reader is told clearly that the young couple’s plan was cleverly designed and successfully carried out.