Whale song could help turn an old surveillance station into a
I saw then the ___33___ beauty of the people of Burkina, and
appreciated deeply the quiet ___34___ of the poor. With the old
woman’s gift, I hope never to part with the coin she gave me. With one
small coin, she ___35___ my concept completely。
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Written in the early twentieth century, a time when the modernization of
society was occurring at a highly extensive rate, with Growth of the
Soil Knut Hamsun encapsulates his reverence towards traditional life, as
well as his worry that the rapid changes around him would encroach upon
this way of life and eventually drive it out of existence.
Centred around a small rural community of settlers in the wilderness on
the outskirts of a Norwegian town, the novel takes us through the life
of Isak Sellanraa, whose perseverance and daring allowed him to conquer
and shape the unexplored wilderness, yet whose virtues as a pioneer go
largely unappreciated by his wife and firstborn son, who have spent time
in town and only have minds for luxuries and extravagance.
When the top secret radio and radar station was established on the
headland at Aird Uig 60 years ago， it was part of Nato’s early warning
system against Soviet submarines and aircraft。 Now the Ministry of
Defence has no further use for the derelict buildings and the windswept
The expanding influence of modernity has a major impact on Isak’s
family, with the prime example of this being his wife Inger.
But local people are convinced the old base could help transform the
economy of the area。 Where Aird Uig once listened out for possible
enemy attack， it’s hoped a hydrophone could be placed in the sea to
pick up the sound of whales。
Inger initially came to Isak after he had been asking passing strangers
to spred the words around the village for a woman to help him on his
farm. Nobody was willing to go except her. She was modest, plain, and
not particularly attractive in her appearance, with her large build and
cleft palate. Isak found her to be a perfect match for him, as she
likely would not have come were it not for her disfiguration, and he was
not particularly attractive himself, resembling “a man seen through the
flaw of a window-pane”. She was awed by Isak’s farm and constantly
praised him while he was working, and while she spent most of her time
in the hut, she was eager to assist him.
There are plans for a visitor centre， with a dark skies night
observatory。 Other attractions include unexplored sea caves and cliff
climbs which have never been tackled。
London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to stay in, but
there are many budget hotels that offer accommodation at a reasonable
cost. Please take careful note of the facilities(设施)described for each
budget hotel; the very cheapest accommodation may offer good budget
deals but a minimum of facilities. The higher the price per room, the
greater the number and quality of facilities you can expect.
If it goes ahead， it will be one of Scotland’s smallest and most
unusual community buy-outs。
She had two sons with Isak, named Eleseus and Sivert. Isak taught them
much about life in the wilderness, disregarding more sophisticated
education as he “apparently thought it better for men to grow up without
This rather idyllic lifestyle was briefly interrupted when Geissler, the
sheriff, came over to tell Isak to pay for his land, though he was very
generous to Isak and the matter was ultimately of little consequence,
other than serving as an introduction for Isak to the world outside,
including concepts he had never thought of previously such as land
ownership and the State.
This 2 star Arriva Hotel lies at the heart of the city centre – just a
short walk from King’s Cross Tube station London’s famous attractions
are all easily accessible by foot or public transport. A short
stroll(闲逛)will bring you to the British Museum and the fashionable
area of Bloomsbury.
The first major disruption came from Inger; after she gave birth to her
third child, she saw that she had a cleft palate and killed her on the
spot, not wanting her daughter to suffer as she did in her childhood due
to the same deformity. Her infanticide was discovered, and she was sent
to the city of Trondhjem (now Trondheim) to serve her prison sentence,
which was cut down from life to eight years due to Geissler negotiating
with authorities on Isak’s behalf. When she returned to the village, she
brought back a new daughter named Leopoldine, with whom she had been
pregnant before being sent off, but most importantly, she had become
accustomed to urban life. She had been treated well during her prison
sentence, and when she returned, Isak could hardly recognize her. She
and Leopoldine were dressed in expensive clothing, and she had her cleft
palate sewn up.
With 75 en-suite rooms(浴室套间)available, the Arriva Hotel is a large
budget hotel that offers accommodation for tourists at a very reasonable
price. Also, Wi-Fi Internet(有线网络)connection is available in most
rooms and a Continental breakfast is included in the rates。
Inger’s time in Trondhjem was the cause of her “corruption”.
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Her jailers were very kind and lenient to her because of her good
behaviour, and she was allowed to go around town, enabling her to
experience the modern, bourgeois lifestyle, with all its lavishness, its
lack of physical labour, and its emphasis on image. By the time she
returned home, she kept these things with her, which had a major effect
on family life.
Accommodation Rating : 2★
She became far more prideful and uncaring. Instead of merely being
Isak’s humble wife, she attracted all the girls from the village to show
them around her home. Instead of helping Isak with farm work, she
demanded that he should hire a servant girl. She became very eager to
show off to other women, which was very much unlike her old self.
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As winter comes, however, Inger herself takes note of these changes,
realizing that they are for the worse. Faced with the hardships of
winter and plagued by her conscience, she attempts to become the way she
was before her prison sentence, dressing as modestly as she can and
forcing herself to do physical labour. Isak pities her and thinks she
works too hard, but she insists and he lets her go on with it.
The Beaconsfireld Hotel is situated on Green Lanes, North London, famous
for its Turkish community. The Beaconsfield Hotel is housed in an
attractive Victorian building, which is also home to a traditional
pub—if you want to experience real British culture, an afternoon in the
pub is the place to do it! Manor House Station is just a short walk from
Beaconsfield Hotel, so you will find traveling around the city quick and
easy. The Beaconsfield Hotel offers ten comfortable rooms, each with a
television, fridge and kettle。
However, when summer arrives, and workmen from outside the village come
to work on a mine that was found near Isak’s land, she starts showing
herself off again, vying for the attention of these young men. Her
relationship with Isak becomes more strained as he finds her constantly
being around them, talking and dancing with them, and one night, she
even runs off with one of them into a secluded area in the woods,
disappearing for an unusually long time before being found by Isak.
There is a shared kitchen where you can prepare your meals. Bathroom
facilities at Beaconsfield Hotel are also shared, but there are enough
facilities for all guests to use。
Eventually the mine becomes inoperable, causing all the workmen to
leave, and Isak manages to bring Inger back into the fold.
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Isak’s other modernized family member, however, does not return to the
family’s traditional lifestyle. Eleseus, his firstborn son, had always
been more of an intellectual than his brother Sivert, and he did well at
school when the two brothers were eventually sent there after Inger’s
return. When he grew up, he decided to work in the village, and
gradually his ambitions of being wealthy grew, pulling him further and
further away from his family in search of business and money.
Eventually, he left Norway altogether, seeking a new life in America.
Accommodation Rating: unrated
Outside of Isak’s family, several other characters are heavily
influenced by modernity, which is shown to be the source of their
greatest flaws. They are Isak’s neighbours Brede Olsen, Aronsen, and
their families, as well as Geissler, the sheriff who eventually lost his
job and became a good friend of Isak.
- Budget hotels attract guests mainly because of their
Brede Olsen and Aronsen were both at least fairly well-off before
leaving their urban homes to settle the uninhabited land, with Aronsen
in particular being considerably rich, and both already had families
that they brought along with them. Their connection to the soil is very
superficial, with both of them only deciding to move to the wilderness
because they see an opportunity to make money, and Aronsen having
everything he needs pre-built before even settling down and hiring a
team of construction workers to set it all up.
A. good serviceB. low prices
As a result of their lack of connection to the soil, their stay in the
wilderness is short-lived: Brede is a highly incompetent farmer who is
eventually forced off his land by circumstance, and Aronsen, who came to
set up a trading station for the mine, has nothing to do once the mine
shut down. By contrast, Isak and Sivert are strongly tied to their land,
and do not prioritize profit.
C. convenient locationsD. accommodation conditions
The foreman only cares about money, and believes that nothing could
possibly take priority over his offer, whereas Sivert prioritizes his
father’s building project, sacrificing the potentially large sum of
money he could earn from sending his horses to help in order to focus on
building up his home.
- As for a budget hotel, a tourist is strongly advised to pay
attention to its ___________。
This is a recurring theme that highlights the contrast between Isak,
Sivert, and the more urban men: Isak and Sivert are hard-working, but do
not seek profit, preferring to life off the land and strengthen their
ties to the soil, while Brede and Aronsen desire money over anything
else, which Hamsun takes to be the epitome of the modern man.
A. ratingsB. surroundingsC. facilitiesD. food
Geissler mainly serves to show another facet of modernized men: their
- Which of the following is true of the Arriva Hotel?
Although he is depicted as a good man who is very loyal and helpful to
his friend Isak, using the advantages he has over Isak as a city-dweller
who is familiar with the money and the law to help him get Inger out of
jail and give him a larger share from his business dealings, he is also
shown in a pathetic light. He is restless, always moving about from
place to place, and it has clearly taken its toll on him, as he appears
to be worse off with each subsequent visit he makes to Isak’s home. His
appearance is disheveled, his eyes are red, his pockets are empty, and
his behaviour is anxious and frantic, yet he helps Isak whenever he can.
Good-hearted and generous by nature, Geissler is poisoned by the
circumstances of modernity, and though the qualities of his soul endure
for the most part, his physical condition suffers greatly.
A. It is a cheap downtown hotel. B. Most of its rooms cost $ 50 per
Barbro, Brede’s eldest daughter, is an example of the same trait of
rootlessness in women, having travelled to many cities in her lifetime,
never being particularly attached to a single place. This is reflected
in her love life, as she develops a relationship with Eleseus for a
brief period of time, and while Eleseus thinks himself romantically
committed to her, she forgets about him within weeks, eventually
entering an unhappy marriage with Axel Strom, one of Isak’s neighbours.
Additionally, she serves as a depiction of what Inger may have become
had the spirit of modern, urban society rooted itself more deeply within
her. There are many aspects of her life that make her similar and yet
contrasting with Inger. Her husband Axel is similar to Isak, being the
only other man who could build and maintain a proper settlement, though
he is rather mediocre when compared to Isak and far less ambitious. Like
Inger, she was born in the village and eventually moved out into the
wilds, but she was beautiful all her life and never suffered as Inger
did. She had also killed one of her children before her engagement to
Axel, and her child with him died as well, though it is unknown whether
this was done on purpose. Barbro is entirely unrepentant about her
having killed her child, and rather than burying it in a small grave to
mourn it, she left the corpse to float down the river to dispose of it,
caring little about the child and only wanting to get away with the
C. It lies to the north of the British Museum。D. It offers access to
the Internet free of charge。
Growth of the Soil presents Isak and his traditional lifestyle as a
bulwark against the world outside his community, which is depicted to be
rife with greed, vanity, and immorality, and constantly encroaching upon
the rugged, pioneering ways of rural men like him.
- Compared to the Arriva Hotel, the Beaconsfield Hotel
A. is smallerB. is rated higher
C. is more expensiveD. is nearer to the city center
- ca88，Where can you probably find the text?
A. In a popular magazineB. In a science fiction
C. In a physics textbookD. In a tourist guidebook
When Sara and Nathan Jones were training to become foster
parents(养父母)， their son, Noah, learned a tough thing or two about
foster care. For instance, nearly 600 local foster kids changed families
every year, and they carried their belongings from one home to the next
in black garbage bags。
Noah, then ten, couldn’t imagine squeezing his clothes, favorite toy,
and soccer ball into a trash bag and dragging it to a new house in the
middle of the night. “Packing kids’ belongings into garbage bags is like
telling them that their stuff has no more worth than trash,” says Noah。
So with help from his parents and younger sisters, Macy, then nine, and
Molly, then seven, Noah began to collect suitcases and duffel bags from
friends and extended family; he received more than 100 bags in less than
two weeks. He then sent letters to churches and put ads in local
newspapers and on radio stations asking for donations. Within a few
months, the family was collecting about 500 bags a week, which they
stored briefly in their spare bathroom and downstairs hallway before
giving them to foster care caseworkers at the Department for Community
In addition to suitcases, Noah now provides foster kids with backpacks
containing shampoo, soap, a journal, and a toy—all donated. “My hope is
that by giving the children things that are just theirs, they will feel
a little control in the midst of the chaos,” says Noah. Noah’s group, A
Case for Dignity, collects and distributes hundreds of bags a year. He
recently convinced foster care managers from 15 Kentucky counties to
pledge to use his bags instead of trash bags. “I’ve been so inspired by
him,” says his mom. “If a ten-year-old can see a problem and create a
solution, how much more can we do as adults?”
- What might be the purpose in writing the text?
A. To show the problems of foster parents。B. To give a warning to
C. To tell us a story about Noah。D. To blame foster parents。
- What is Noah like based on the text?
A. Poor and active。B. Outgoing and peaceful。
C. Straightforward and crazy。D. Considerate and helpful。
- Noah’s solution to the problem resulted from
A. packing kids’ belongings into garbage bagsB. the belongings he owns
C. the suffering from foster parentsD. donating belongings to children
- Noah’s group, A Case for Dignity ___________。
A. helps foster kids carry belongingsB. provide foster kids with only
C. aims at helping foster kids with their belongingsD. consists of only
children from foster families
- What can we learn from the text?
A. Noah, Macy and Molly are all foster kids.