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英语四级听力强化训练6

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An Irish Wedding
Have you ever been to an Irish ? I have just returned from one. It is a quarter to five in the morning; the sun has already above the horizon;the birds are busy the new day and have eagerly been in search of food.
But some of the guests have not yet left. They are still the night: dancing, singing, gossiping, and postponing the unfortunate necessity of undertaking a day’s work in the fields after a night.
The evening party was to start at ten o’clock, but many of the guests arrived earlier. A few of the nearer male relatives were looking rather awkward in evening suits with smart bow ties, and the , unsophisticated countrywomen
appeared a little self-conscious in their Sunday best. Two men squeezing provided the music: the old Irish tunes that have been played at weddings for many years.
Half the people in the room were dancing the square dances which have been enjoyed even longer. A score of men stood in the narrow dark hall leaning against the wall, drinking beer from bottles and about crops, cattle and the current political situation. And whenever the dancing stopped, somebody would start singing one of the sentimental, treasured Irish songs: the longing for his home, the grief-stricken lover mourning his fate. Sometimes we all joined in the chorus, sadly and solemnly, before getting up to dance again.
Irish weddings are almost certain to have been celebrated in this way for generations. I have been to wedding
where champagne has been served to the accompaniment of soft unnoticed orchestral music; I have listened to carefully prepared speeches and eyed a little enviously the model gowns of women far more elegant than I could ever hope to be.
I have been impressed, and a little bored. I have just been sitting up all night in a small, uncomfortable Irish cottage and I have been enjoying every moment of it.