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My young pupils entered the apartment, with their two younger sisters. Master Tom Bloomfield was a well-grown boy of seven, with a somewhat wiry frame, flaxen hair, blue eyes, small turned-up nose, and fair complexion. Mary Ann was a tall girl too, somewhat dark like her mother, but with a round full face and a high colour in her cheeks. The second sister was Fanny, a very pretty little girl; Mrs. Bloomfield assured me she was a remarkably gentle child, and required encouragement: she had not learned anything yet; but in a few days, she would be four years old, and then she might take her first lesson in the alphabet, and be promoted to the schoolroom. The remaining one was Harriet, a little broad, fat, merry, playful thing of scarcely two, that I coveted more than all the rest -- but with her I had nothing to do.

I talked to my little pupils as well as I could, and tried to render myself agreeable; but with little success I fear, for their mother's presence kept me under an unpleasant restraint. They, however, were remarkably free from shyness. They seemed bold, lively children, and I hoped I should soon be on friendly terms with them -- the little boy especially, of whom I had heard such a favourable character from his mamma. In Mary Ann there was a certain affected simper, and a craving for notice, that I was sorry to observe. But her brother claimed all my attention to himself; he stood bolt upright between me and the fire, with his hands behind his back, talking away like an orator, occasionally interrupting his discourse with a sharp reproof to his sisters when they made too much noise.

"Oh, Tom, what a darling you are!" exclaimed his mother. "Come and kiss dear mamma; and then won't you show Miss Grey your schoolroom, and your nice new books?"

"I won't kiss you, mamma; but I will show Miss Grey my schoolroom, and my new books."

"And my schoolroom, and my new books, Tom," said Mary Ann. "They're mine too."

"They're mine," replied he decisively.

Which choice best summarizes the passage?

(A) A teacher begins a new job and expresses her discomfort with being in an unfamiliar setting.
(B) A teacher enters a classroom and begins to plan the lessons she will use for her instruction.
(C) A teacher is introduced to her new students and observes their personalities and interactions.
(D) A teacher meets her new employer and worries about her employer's disagreeable demeanor.

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critical ['kritikəl]

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adj. 批评的,决定性的,危险的,挑剔的
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occasionally [ə'keiʒənəli]

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adv. 偶尔地

 
unpleasant [ʌn'pleznt]

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adj. 使人不愉快的,讨厌的

 
unfamiliar ['ʌnfə'miljə]

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adj. 不熟悉的

 
gentle ['dʒentl]

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adj. 温和的,轻柔的,文雅的,温顺的,出身名门的

 
discourse ['diskɔ:s,dis'kɔ:s]

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n. 谈话,演讲
vi. 谈话,讲述

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orator ['ɔrətə]

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n. 演说者,演讲者,雄辩家

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agreeable [ə'gri:əbəl]

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adj. 愉快的,和蔼可亲的,欣然同意的,一致的

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setting ['setiŋ]

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n. 安装,放置,周围,环境,(为诗等谱写的)乐曲

 
render ['rendə]

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vt. 使成为,提供,报答,着色; 执行,实施

 


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