A man may usually be known by the books he reads as well as by the company he keeps, for there is a companionship of books as well as of men, and one shouldalwayslive in the bestcompany, whether it be of books or of men.
A goodbook may be among the best of friends. It is the sametoday as it always was，and it willneverchange. It is the mostpatient and cheerful of companions. It does not turn its backupon us in times of adversity or distress. It alwaysreceives us with the samekindness, amusing and instructing us in youth, and comforting and consoling us in age.
Men oftendiscovertheiraffinity to eachother by the lovetheyhave for a book. The book is a truer and higherbond of union. Men can think, feel，and sympathizewitheachotherthroughtheirfavoriteauthor. Theylive in him together and he, in them.
Bookspossess an essence of immortality. They are by far the mostlastingproducts of humaneffort. Temples and statuesdecay, but bookssurvive. Greatthoughts are as freshtoday as whentheyfirstpassedthroughtheirauthor’s mindsages ago. What was thensaid and thoughtstillspeaks to us as vividly as everfrom the printedpage. The onlyeffect of time has been to sift out the bad products, for nothing in literature can longsurvive but what is reallygood.
Booksintroduce us into the bestsociety; theybring us into the presence of the greatestmindsthathaveeverlived. We hearwhattheysaid and did; we see them as if theywerereallyalive; we sympathizewiththem, enjoywiththem, grievewiththem; theirexperiencebecomesours, and we feel as if we wereactorswiththem in the sceneswhichtheydescribe.
【題組】48. It can be inferredthat the participants of the Marathon of Sands___________.
(A) alwayscomeback for a second try to win a sense of accomplishment (B) willfeelboredwhenrunning the racebecauseviewers are not allowed to join the running (C) can rest at a beautifuloasisovernight for a goodsleep and abundantsupply of water (D) may learn to workthroughchallenges in life and understandmoreabouttheirlimits as well
44 Eightkinds of beer and freshlyshuckedoystersmake the hotel an oasis for travelerstrekkingthrough the
(A)Travelersreceiveeightkinds of beer and freshlyshuckedoysters at the hotel for free.
(B)The hotel is not the onlyplacewithcoldbeer and freshoysters in the remotearea.
(C)Because the area is so remote, travelers are extremelysatisfiedwith the beer and freshoysters the hoteloffers.
(D)Because the hotel has beer and oysters, travelerscomefrom all over the world to try them out.