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Amanda: Hey, you know, let's just take off for a few weeks.

Man: Yeah.

Amanda: What do you mean, "Yeah"? I'm not kidding.

Woman: You always say that this is our busiest time.

Amanda: I need to get out of town. You know, I think I need some peace and quiet, or whatever it is people go away for. You know what I really want to do? I want to eat carbs without wanting to kill myself. You know, I want to read a book, not just a magazine. An actual book. For years I read these reviews, I buy the books, but I never read them. Did you read that article in The New York Times last Sunday? Severe stress makes women age prematurely1, because stress causes the DNA2 in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate3. So when we're stressed, we look haggard. This is just women, not men.

Man: I'm sorry.

Amanda: And remember when they used to say that single women over the age of 35 were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to get married? Okay, that was horrible, but now our generation is also not getting married, and, bonus, real terrorists actually became part of our lives, so the stress of it all shows up on our faces, making us look haggard while Ethan goes on looking cute forever and shtupping his 24-year-old receptionist! Oh, my God! See what I mean? I need a vacation.


Amanda: Okay. Where do I want to go by myself at Christmas? By myself, depressed4 at Christmas. All alone on vacation. Alone, alone. Totally alone. (Sighs) (Sobbing) Oh, please, just give me one. One tear. Okay, moving on. "Worry-Free Vacations." Good. Where's that? “Bora Bora. Kayak for one"? No, thank you. "Vacation Rentals5." I could do that. Hole up in a house somewhere. Disappear for a few weeks. I like that idea. “Where do you want to go on your next vacation? Click here and pick a country...” Where do they speak English? "Click on a town or city." Let's see. Cotswolds. “Barn converted to modern house in the beautiful Cotswolds.” Which looks exactly like the Valley. “Surrey. Christmas in the country. A fairy tale English cottage set in a tranquil6 country garden. Snuggle up by an old stone fireplace and enjoy a cup of cocoa. An enchanting7 oasis8 of tranquility in a quiet English hamlet, just 40 minutes from exciting London." Yeah.

(Iris9 sobbing)

(Gas hissing)

(Iris coughing)

(Computer beeps)

Iris: What am I doing? (Gasping) Low point. Low point. (Computer beeps) "I'm interested in renting your house. I'm wondering if your house is available this Christmas, because if it is, you could be a real lifesaver. I know it's ridiculously late to be asking, but if you're at all interested, please contact me.” (Iris typing) “I'm very interested, but the cottage is really only available for home exchange."

Amanda: Home exchange. What is that?

Iris: “We switch houses, cars, everything. I haven't done it before but friends of mine have." Where are you? Please say somewhere far away. L.A.? I’ve never been there but always wanted to go. I'm Iris, by the way. I'm very normal. Neat freak. Healthy. Non-smoker. Single. Hate my horrible life.

Amanda: I’m Amanda. Loner, loser and complicated wreck10.

Iris: Hi.

Amanda: Hi. I must say, your house looks idyllic11.

Iris: “Just what I need.” Really? What does your place look like?

Amanda: My place is nice, but it’s a little bigger than yours.

(Iris typing): Not hard to be.

Amanda: (Chuckles) (typing) Can I ask you one thing?

(Iris typing): Of course.

(Amanda typing): Are there any men in your town?

Iris: Honestly? (typing) Zero.

(Iris’ screen) AMANDA: When can I come?

(Iris typing): Tomorrow too soon??

(Iris’ screen) AMANDA: Tomorrow’s perfect!

Iris: Okay, we are on for two weeks, starting tomorrow.

妙语佳句 活学活用

1. take off: 休息,休假。例如:He took two weeks off in August.(他在八月份休假两星期。)

2. carbs: 碳水化合物。很多人认为碳水化合物会导致发胖。影片中可以推测出阿曼达平时比较注意身材的保养,所以不大吃碳水化合物。

3. haggard: (由于生病、焦虑或睡眠不足)憔悴的,疲惫的。看一下例子:There was a drawn12 and haggard look about his eyes.(他的眼睛露出疲劳而又憔悴的神色。)

4. bonus: 额外给予的东西;额外的好处。这里阿曼达显然是在说反语。看一下例子:The extra two-day holiday was a real bonus.(外加的两天假期真是额外之所得。)

5. shtup: 与……性交。

6. kayak: (坐的部份遮盖起来的)独木舟,单人划子。

7. hole up: 躲藏,藏匿。

8. snuggle up: 依偎。

9. hamlet: 小村庄。

10. neat freak: 洁癖;有洁癖的人。

11. wreck: (身体或精神上)受到严重损伤的人。看一下例子:His uncle was a complete wreck after the illness.(他叔叔病后身体完全垮了。)

12. idyllic: 平和美丽的,田园诗般的。


1 prematurely nlMzW4     
  • She was born prematurely with poorly developed lungs. 她早产,肺部未发育健全。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • His hair was prematurely white, but his busy eyebrows were still jet-black. 他的头发已经白了,不过两道浓眉还是乌黑乌黑的。 来自辞典例句
2 DNA 4u3z1l     
(缩)deoxyribonucleic acid 脱氧核糖核酸
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.脱氧核糖核酸储存于细胞的细胞核里。
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code.基因突变是指DNA密码的改变。
3 replicate PVAxN     
  • The DNA of chromatin must replicate before cell division.染色质DNA在细胞分裂之前必须复制。
  • It is also easy to replicate,as the next subsection explains.就像下一个小节详细说明的那样,它还可以被轻易的复制。
4 depressed xu8zp9     
  • When he was depressed,he felt utterly divorced from reality.他心情沮丧时就感到完全脱离了现实。
  • His mother was depressed by the sad news.这个坏消息使他的母亲意志消沉。
5 rentals d0a053f4957bbe94f4c1d9918956d75b     
n.租费,租金额( rental的名词复数 )
  • In some large hotels, the income derived from this source actually exceeds income from room rentals. 有些大旅馆中,这方面的盈利实际上要超过出租客房的盈利。 来自辞典例句
  • Clerk: Well, Canadian Gifts is on the lower level. It's across from Prime Time Video Rentals. 噢,礼品店在楼下,在黄金时刻录像出租屋的对面。 来自口语例句
6 tranquil UJGz0     
adj. 安静的, 宁静的, 稳定的, 不变的
  • The boy disturbed the tranquil surface of the pond with a stick. 那男孩用棍子打破了平静的池面。
  • The tranquil beauty of the village scenery is unique. 这乡村景色的宁静是绝无仅有的。
7 enchanting MmCyP     
  • His smile, at once enchanting and melancholy, is just his father's. 他那种既迷人又有些忧郁的微笑,活脱儿象他父亲。
  • Its interior was an enchanting place that both lured and frightened me. 它的里头是个吸引人的地方,我又向往又害怕。
8 oasis p5Kz0     
  • They stopped for the night at an oasis.他们在沙漠中的绿洲停下来过夜。
  • The town was an oasis of prosperity in a desert of poverty.该镇是贫穷荒漠中的一块繁荣的“绿洲”。
9 iris Ekly8     
  • The opening of the iris is called the pupil.虹膜的开口处叫做瞳孔。
  • This incredible human eye,complete with retina and iris,can be found in the Maldives.又是在马尔代夫,有这样一只难以置信的眼睛,连视网膜和虹膜都刻画齐全了。
10 wreck QMjzE     
  • Weather may have been a factor in the wreck.天气可能是造成这次失事的原因之一。
  • No one can wreck the friendship between us.没有人能够破坏我们之间的友谊。
11 idyllic lk1yv     
  • These scenes had an idyllic air.这种情景多少有点田园气氛。
  • Many people living in big cities yearn for an idyllic country life.现在的很多都市人向往那种田园化的生活。
12 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
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