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新概念英语第四册课堂笔记 Lesson60:On Moral Courage_新概念英语

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Lesson 60 On Moral Courage 论道德勇气

Although truth and justice1 may be the most powerful impulses to show moral courage, there are others. Compassion is one of these. 2Tentatively it can be suggested that this is the main influence upon those who urge the abolition of capital punishment. 3It is recognition of compassion's part that leads the upholders of capital punishment to accuse the abolitionists of sentimentality in being more sorry for the murderer than for his victim. 4This is nonsense but with it some organs of the popular Press played upon the emotions of their readers so successfully that many candidates for Parliament
were afraid to support abolition for fear of losing votes and the result was the muddle-headed Homicide Act of 1957 which made murder with robbery a capital crime and allowed the poisoner to escape the gallows. 5That illogical qualification shows how flimsy is the argument that capital punishment is a deterrent to murder. 6The poisoner always works on a calculated plan of action and therefore is able to consider whether or not his taking another's life is worth the risk of his own; the violent thief is usually at the mercy of an instant emotion. 7The only arguable plea for capital punishment is the right of society to retribution in this world with the prospect of life in another, but since what used to seem to the great majority of civilized humanity the assurance of another life beyond the grave has come to seem to more and more people less certain, a feeling for the value of human life has become deeper and more widespread. This may seem a paradoxical claim to make at
a time when mankind is so much preoccupied with weapons of destruction.8Nevertheless, it is a claim that can be sustained and if compassion animates those who urge the abolition of the death penalty it is not a sentimental compassion for the mental agony inflicted upon a condemned man but a dread of destroying the miracle of life.
When in the eighteenth century offences against the law that today would no earn a month in prison were punis癫痫病比较好的治疗医院hed with the death penalty, the severity of the penal code had no serious effect on the prevalence of crime. 10When it made no difference to the fate of a highwayman whether he had killed his victim or merely robbed him of a few pieces of silver, there were no more murders then than there were when men like Sir Fraricis Burdett succeeded in lightening the excessive severity of
the penal laws. 11In those days the sacredness of life on earth was not greatly regarded because a life in the world to come was taken for granted except by a comparatively small minotity of philosophers.
Nor was the long-drawn ordeal of the condemned cell inflicted either upon the condemned man or his gaolers once upon a time. Those who believe in capital punishment may have arguments for its retention, 13but surely no reasonable argument can be found for retention of the sickening mumbo-jumbo that accompanies it from the moment that the judge dons the black cap with what looks like a pen-wiper balanced on the top of his wig, to the reading of the burial service over the condemned man before he is dead. Moreover, it was more merciful to launch the condemned man into eternity twenty-four hours after he was sentenced than to keep him shivering on the brink of that dread gulf for nearly three weeks. 14Hanging is an atrociously archaic way of killing a human being and the self-satisfied modernity of the electric chair is just as atrocious. The administration of a strong sleeping draught to the condemned man every night from which one night he does hot awake, seems a more civilized alternative to our present barbarous procedure, if capital punishment through the influence of backward minds be retained.
New words and expressions 生词短语

impulse n. 推动力,冲动 短语:out of impulse =act on impulse 出于冲动 同义词:impetus
/momentum/ drive ; drive for something
compassion n. 同情 短语:compassion for sth. /sympathy for sth .同义词:sympathy (不及
tentatively adv. 尝 试 性 地 常 用 于 文 学 短语: tentatively study on clone 刍 以 克 隆
experiental study 尝试性研究 tentatively smile 勉强的笑治疗癫痫疾病应如何选择医院>abolition n. 废除 abolish []v. abolishnist []n.短语:to abolish the slavery
capital n. 可处死刑的 原意:首的,主要的;短语:capital punishment =death penalty死刑
decapitate v.斩首
upholder n.支持者 hold up 同义词:advocator /proponent
sentimentality n. 多愁善感(本质)、感情脆弱、感伤 辨义:emotional (一时的)情绪

muddle-headed adj. 糊涂的
homicide n.. 凶 杀 、 杀 人 者 构 :homi= homo: the same 人 、 同 类 cide :kill 组
词:homosexual同性恋 homonym 同音(形)异义词、同名人 synonym 同义词antonym
反义词 pesticide 杀虫剂 suicide 自杀 autocide 撞车自杀 uxorious 害怕老婆的、气管炎
filicide 杀子女 filial 孝顺的
gallows n. 绞刑架(木制的)短语:gallows bird 应受罚 同类词:guillotine 绞刑架(铁
qualification n.规定、条件 词源:qualify合格 unqualified不合格(常自已本身) disqualify
取消资格 (被别人)例句:what qualifications do you have ? 你有什么特长?force start 抢
flimsy adj. 站不住脚的、不足信的(理论) 脆弱的 联想词:groundless 理论太薄/fragile、
脆弱的玻璃易碎/ rickets 软骨病 convincing 令人信服的 unconvincing 不让人信服的
deterrent n. 威慑 deter v . :prevent 短语:deter him from smoking
caculated adj. 精 心 制 作 的 , 有 计 划 的 短 语 :caculated plan/scheme 精 心 策 划 同 类
词:deliberate 精心策划 /well planned /well designed 精心设计/well schemed
at the mercy of 受 … 支 配 ( 抽 象 意 义 ):under the control of 例 句 :at the mercy of
emotion(reason\impulse) 受感情(理智/冲动)支配
plea n. 辩 解 例 句 :make a plea for sth 为 … 而 辩 解 make a plea for
wrongdoing(misconduct)为错误行为(过失)而辩解;I took leave under the plea of headache.
retribution n. 惩罚,报应(宗教)
18. sustain v. 确认 原意:支撑 例句:sustain an applicant in his claim 认定此人申诉有效 his
words hold water his words hold water 言之有理 his words can not hold water 站不住脚
19. animate v. 促使,、激烈、激活 例句:animate the discussion /animated discussion (heat and
20. penalty n. 刑罚 短语:death penalty 死刑 penalty kick 罚点球 free kick 任意球 corner
角球队 例句: no penalty for guessing 不倒扣分
21. agony n. 极度痛苦难 agonise v.短语:agony column(英语报纸常用) :claim 寻人启事
/divorce 离婚声明 同类词: torture 折磨/anguish 痛苦 / pang 痛苦(一阵一阵的)也可引
申用/ throes 分娩时阵痛临死前苦痛 痛苦程度: throes>anguish 例句: it’s agonizing to …
22. inflict v. 使遭受 短语: inflict sth on sb. 例句:I inflict the trouble(misery) on him 我给他
带来麻烦(不幸) 特殊用法:inflict m治疗女性癫痫病的新技术yself on you 对不起,打搅您了.
23. prevalence n. 盛行 prevail v. 例句:Nowdays Korean pop music prevails.同义词:popular
24.sacredness n. 神圣不可侵犯性 sacred adj.sacred cow 圣牛(宗教) 同类词: holy /goldly/
heavenly /saint 圣人/saintly 例句: he is saintly 他真是圣人一样的人 holiday 比较正式高雅带宗
教色彩 vocation (暑假)
25. ordeal n.折磨 词源:ancient Greece roman
26. assurance n.信心
27. preoccupy vt. 使全神贯注 短语:be occupied with 对..全神贯注 同类:absorbed(引人入
胜) in /immersed (沉浸其间)in
28. retention n.保留 retain v.
29. sickening adj. 令人呕心的.. 同类词:disgusting vomit distasteful(较轻 不太喜欢)
30. don vt. 戴 可戴任何,但一般用于上身 同类: wear 穿(什么都可以穿 /表动词或状态)put
on 表动作 dress 穿 //dress oneself/be dreesed 穿衣服 be dressed in blue/he is wearing blue
穿着什么 wear socks /wear beard (moustache /long beard)蓄着胡子/wear lipstick 抹口红
31. wig n. 假发 短语:big wig 引申为:大人物(big potato/big fish /big man)
32. burial service 葬礼 同义词:funeral none of your funeral=none of you’re your bussiness
33. merciful adj. 仁 慈 的 mercy n. 反 :merciless 同 类 词 :forgiving 宽 容 tolerant 容 忍
34. gulf n.深渊 短语:go to the gulf below
35. hanging n.绞刑 hang (hung hung ) 挂/hang(hanged hanged)绞刑 例句: if we don’t hang
together ,we’ll be hanged separately.林肯:如果我们不团结起来,只能被一个个处死.
36. atrociously adv. 残暴地 同义词:barbarously 野蛮的 ruthless 无情地 appalling 骇人听

37. archaic adj.古老的 a archaic word 同义词:antique obsolete outdated 不再时髦 passé(法)
38. draught n.每吨服量
39. barbarous adj. 野蛮的
Notes on the text 课文注释
truth and justice: truth 真理,这里译为永于直言; justice 富有正义感,
Tentatively it can be suggested that this is : tentatively :roughly ,generally 大致说来 ;it 指
后面的从句;this 指compassion
It is recognition …that:强调句 ,正是意识到 ;part :role 作用;accuse of 指责/指控 ;
in being 在这方面;
4. This is nonsense but with it some organs of the popular Press played upon.. : but with it :运用
前面的论点;organs: institution 机构组织;popular press :很受欢迎的\大众的媒体;play
upon: 玩弄,利用(make use of /take advantage of );so..that ..;candidates for Parliament 国
会候选人;MP-member of parliament 国会议员;PHD(博士生);act:法案(英),=bill(美);
5. That illo口吐白沫,四肢抽搐,这是不是患上了癫痫病?gical qualification shows how flimsy is the argument that..:illogical 不合逻辑的;
how flimsy is the argument 倒装句;that 引导同位语
6. work on 构思, 构想;taking one’s life 杀别人;whether or not;violent thief 暴徒=murderer
with robbery; instant emotion;
7. The only arguable plea for capital punishment…: arguable 可 争 论 的 , 可 辩 论 的 ;
prospect :hope;but since ;used to :过去常常;claim 理由;mass destruction: 极大杀伤
力; the right of society to retribution in this world with the prospect of life in another 等于:
with the prospect of life in another, a society has a right to give one the retribution.因为拥有
给你来生的幸福,所以社会能给你报应, with 这里做原因状语;
8. nevertheless=however;claim 理由,观点;none the less ;该句:这个观点是可以得到支持
的同情,而是对毁掉生命奇迹的一种同情; 如改为:it is a claim that can be sustained if
compassion animates those who urge the abolition of the death penalty and it is not a
sentimental compassion for the mental agony inflicted upon a condemned man but a dread of
destroying the miracle of life. 即句子结构为: it is …sustained if death penalty and it is 这
9. offences against the law 犯罪;today 时间状语;severity :serious ; penal code 刑法;civil
10. 当一个人杀死他的受害者或者只抢了少部分的钱财这对他的命运而言没有大的区别,当
爵士(做先生的时,不可加姓或名);意为: if u just take away this penalty ,there is no great
harm to society ;lightening 减轻;excessive 过度的,过分的; more ..than : the same as ..no
11. on earth 人世间; in the world to come 来世;
12. nor 表示和前面一定有联系,并用倒装;gaoler 监狱看守 gaoler-gaol 监狱;galo bird;
long-drawn:long time;condemned(该死的,受人谴责的) cell;cell(single room)-prison;inflict
upon 给谁带来;inflict sth.(ordeal) on sb. ;
13. mumbo-jumbo 繁文缛节;it:death penalty;两个繁文缛节:pen-wiper/ the reading
14. self-satisfied 自我满足的;modernity 时髦,现代性;
15. administration 监护;administer ;sleeping draught(pill)安眠药;administration sth to
someone 让某人吃什么药;from which 由于;which 指 draught; alternative=replacement;替换;
if capital punishment ..be retained.虚拟语气;