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									Unit Three
The Message of the Land
   Background information

   About the author
   Comments: “Pira Sudham has given a
    voice to the poor of Thailand.”
   The Controversy over the writer
Warming-up Questions
   1.     This is an interview of a farmer and
    his wife. Can you tell us what kind of
    persons they are from what they say?
   2.      How do you describe the language
    style of this text?
   3.      They have six kids and the farmer
    wants to have a lot of children and
    grandchildren around him. Now china is
    advocating the family planning of one child
    for one couple and most of you are the
    only child in your family. With your
    experience of being the only child, do you
    think that China should go on carrying out
    the family plan?
Glossary
Agency:
agent
   Barter a for b
   breeze in/ out
   Be a breeze/ snap/ walkaway
    condemn:.
   Condemn sth.
   condemn sth./sb.as sth.
   Crab
   Of two evils choose the less.
   Heal ; cure
One would seek to cure mistrust but to heal
 a breach between friends.
Text Analysis
   . … and it was I who stayed with my
    parents till they died.
    Emphatic form: It is /was … that / who

   My husband moved to our house as is the way
    with us in Esarn. (note 2)
    “As” here introduces a relative clause (关系从
    句), and functions as its subject, representing
    what is stated in the main clause.
   Sometimes, they get bullied and insulted, …
    “Get” denotes passive voice. We can replace it
    with “be”. (colloq. or coll.)
    Used to do sth., but no longer.
     E.g. They used to come and see their parents
    every week, but no longer.
    spring up
     : to appear, develop or come into being quickly
     n. spring:
    why (note 4)
   : interj.      used to express mild surprise,
    indignation, or impatience.
   用于表示轻微的吃惊、生气或不耐烦
    be to
   :to express intention, obligation, or future action:
   表示倾向、义务或将来的动作:
   She was to call before she left.
   她打算在离开前打电话。
   You are to make the necessary changes.
   你要做出必要的改变
   as for sb. / sth.: use when you start to talk
    about something new that is connected
    with what you have been talking about, e.g.

    to occur: to come to mind: 闪现,进入大脑:
   The idea never occurred to me.
   It occurred to me that … 我想到:
   a bag of bones: a very thin person 骨瘦如柴的
    人
   be at peace: be in a state of tranquility; serene:
    平静的,平和的处于宁静状态的;平静的:
   be at peace with sb. / sth. : be in good terms
    with sb. /sth.; do not have problems with sb. /
    sth.; to accept sth. peacefully.

    to force … upon (on): to inflict or impose
    relentlessly 将… 强加于
Group discussion
   Do you have the experience of living in the
    countryside? If you think about it, which
    way of life do you like better, life in big
    cities or life in the countryside?
Exercises
Pick out the idiomatic expressions
Eg: to be the way with sb.
To move into/to a place

								
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