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Philippe Petit

     It was an early morning in summer. In the streets, sleepy-eyed people were moving quickly, heading towards their jobs. This was the beginning of another ordinary day in New York City. this But day was to be different.

     Waiting above the crowded streets, on top of a building 110 stories high, was Philippe Petit. This daring Frenchman was about to walk a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center.

   Philippe took his first step with great care. The wire held. Now he was sure he could do it. With only a balancing pole, Philippe walked his way across, a distance of 131 feet.

   Soon the rush-hour crowds began to notice. What a wonder! There, 1350 feet above the street, a tiny figure was walking on air. so-char-indent-count: 2.0; tab-stops: 189.0pt

   Philippe made seven trips, back and forth(来回). He wasn’t satisfied with just walking. At times, he would turn, sit down, and even go on his knees. Once, he had the astonishing courage to lie down on the thin thread. And thousands of terrified watchers stared with their hearts beating fast.

   After the forty-five -minute show, Philippe was taken to the police station. He was asked why he did it. Philippe shrugged and said, “When I see two tall buildings, I walk”.

生词注解:

1. tightrope ['taitrəʊp] n. 拉紧的绳索

2.. ordinary ['ɔ:dinəri] a. 普通的

3. tiny ['taini] a. 极小的,微小的

4. satisfied ['sætisfaid] a. 感到满意的

5. shrug [ʃrʌg] n. 耸肩 v. 耸肩


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