The Discus Thrower By Richard Selzer by mikeholy

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									The Discus Thrower
    Richard Selzer
    About the author---
      Richard Selzer
• Richard Selzer began writing in mid-1960s.
  He has written many books: such as
  “Letters to a Young Doctor” (essays) and
  “Rituals of Surgery” (fiction).
• His stories and essays portray with
  sympathy but without sentimentality the
  dramatic, sometimes agonizing experiences
  of practicing surgeons.
         Warming-up
• Pre-reading questions
• 1. What do you think this text is
  about?
• 2. How do you think a dying man will
  most probably behave?
             Part I
• Why does the narrator say “ it is not
  all that furtive an act”?
• Paraphrase
• Ought not a doctor to observe his pat
  ients by any means and from any stan
  ce, that he might the
  more fully assemble evidence?
       Language work
• All/so much/none + the + comparative
  degree of adjectives and adverbs---
  emphasis
• I walked around for two hours
  yesterday, and the doctor said I was
  none the worse for it.
            Part II
• What about the plight of the patient?
• Why does the man seem deeply
  tanned?
• What is the similarity between the
  patient and a bonsai?
          Section 1
• "What time is it?"
•  "Three o'clock."
•  "Morning or afternoon?"
•  "Afternoon."
              Section 2
• "How are you?"
• "Who are you?"
• "It's the doctor. How do you feel?"
• He does not answer right away.
• "Feel?"
• "I hope you feel better,"
• I press the button at the side of the bed.
• "Down you go,"
• "Yes, down,"
                Language work
•   stance
    n. the attitude of a person or organization towards something
    assemble
    v. gather together for a common purpose
    furtive
    a. attempting to avoid notice or attention; secretive
    tan
    v. (of the sun) cause (a pale-skinned person or their skin) to become brown
    or browner
    close-cropped
    a. (typically of hair or grass) cut very short
    vile
    a. extremely unpleasant
• repose
  n. temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion,
  especially sleep or the rest given by sleep
  snowbound
  a. covered in snow
  bonsai
  n. an ornamental tree or shrub grown in a pot and artificially
  prevented from reaching its normal size
  prune
  v. trim (a tree) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches
  or stems
• facsimile
  n. an exact copy, especially of written or printed material
  acknowledge
  v. show that one has noticed or recognized by making a
  gesture or greeting
  cache
  n. a collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden
  or inaccessible place
  kickshaw
  n. a fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of
  foreign origin
  awkwardly
  ad. not smoothly or gracefully; ungainly
• stump
  n. the small projecting remnant of something that has been
  cut or broken off or worn away
  scab
  n. a dry, rough protective crust that forms over a cut or
  wound during healing
  forceps
  n. a pair of pincers or tweezers used in surgery or in a
  laboratory
  shard
  n. a piece of broken ceramic, metal, or glass, typically having
  sharp edges
•
    disinfectant
    n. a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria
    inert
    a. lacking the ability or strength to move
    athwart
    prep. across; from side to side of
    scramble
    v. make (something) jumbled or muddled
    scrambled egg
    a dish of eggs prepared by beating them with a little liquid
    and then cooking and stirring gently
• dome
  n. an object that has a shape similar to a round roof
  probe
  v. physically explore or examine (something) with hands or
  with an instrument
  heft
  v. lift or hold (something) in order to test its weight
  accomplice
  n. a person who helps another commit a crime
• oatmeal
  n. meal made from ground oats used in
  porridge, oatcakes, or other food
  deceased
  a. recently dead
  dignified
  a. having or showing a composed or serious
  manner that is worthy of respect
   A mini-debate for or
    against euthanasia
• Since World War II, the debate over
  euthanasia in Western countries has
  centered on voluntary euthanasia (VE)
  within regulated health care systems.
• Are you for or against euthanasia?
• Please discuss with those having the
  same opinions with you. Later you will
  have a mini-debate on this issue.
• Step 1: state your main points of view
• For
• Against

• Step 2: free discussion

• Step 3: conclusion

								
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