(B) Vacations were once the prerogative of the 16 few, even as late as the 19th
century. Now they are considered the right of all, except for such unfortunate 17 as,
for example, the bulk of Bangladesh’s population, for whom life, 18 sleep and
brief periods of rest, is uninterrupted toil.
Vacations are more necessary now than before because today the average life is
less well-rounded and has become increasingly compartmentalized. I suppose the idea of
vacations, as we conceive it, must be 19 to primitive peoples. Rest of some kind
has of course always been a part of the 20 of human life, but earlier ages did not
find it necessary to organize it in the way that modern man has done. Holidays and feast
days were 21 .
With modern man’s increasing tensions, with the 22 quality of so much of
his work, this break in the year’s routine became steadily more necessary. Vacations
became 23 for the purpose of renewal and repair. And so it 24 that in the
Unite States, the most self-indulgent of nations, the tensest and most compartmentalized,
vacations have come to take a 25 place in domestic conversation.
【Group】18. (A) save (B) besides (C) bereft of (D) but for