It was sheer coincidence that we were staying in the same hotel.


Words & Expressions



We are less credulous than we used to be.


–The plot was a little confusing.

adv. 心眼坏地,居心叵测地



4. obscure/əbˈskjʊr/, a. not well known and usually not very
important; b. difficult to understand 

n. 倒台,垮台

12. needless to say, used when you are telling someone something
that they probably know or expect


–an obscure poet


It would be unwise to draw firm conclusions from the results of a single

new words:

3. wildly improbable/ɪmˈprɑːbəbəl/, a. not likely to happen or to be
true=unlikely, OPP:probable; b.surprising and slightly strange=unlikely 

novelist  ,maidservant ,circumstances ,FranzBussman(每趟读人名总是好奇)

–a film with an improbable plot

We are less credulous than we used to be. In the nineteenth century, a
novelist would bring his story to a conclusion by presenting his readers
with a series of coincidences — most of them wildly improbable. Readers
happily accepted the fact that an obscure maidservant was really the
hero’s mother. A long-lost brother, who was presumed dead, was really
alive all the time and wickedly plotting to bring about the hero’s
downfall. And so on. Modern readers would find such naive solution
totally unacceptable. Yet, in real life, circumstances do sometimes
conspire to bring about coincidences which anyone but a nineteenth
century novelist would find incredible.

–It also plans to build up its strength in wealth management (for the
truly,wickedly rich).

n. 女仆,女佣

1. credulous/ˈkredʒələs/, always believing what you are told, and
therefore easily deceived =gullible


–a wicked witch


6. plot/plɑːt/, a. a secret plan by a group of people to do
something harmful or illegal. b. STORY/FILM the events that form the
main story of a book, film, or play


–The court heard how she and her lover hatched a plot(=planned a
plot)to kill her husband.

adj. 轻信的

–improbable combinations of colours


10. pour scorn on somebody/something, to say that something or
someone is stupid and not worth considering


–obscure legal phrases

When I was a boy, my grandfather told me how a German taxi driver, Franz
Bussman, found a brother who was thought to have been killed twenty
years before. While on a walking tour with his wife, he stooped to talk
to a workman. After they had gone on, Mrs. Bussman commented on the
workman’s close resemblance to her husband and even suggested that he
might be his brother. Franz poured scorn on the idea, pointing out that
his brother had been killed in action during the war. Though Mrs.
Busssman fully acquainted with this story, she thought that there was a
chance in a million that she might be right. A few days later, she sent
a boy to the workman to ask him if his name was Hans Bussman. Needless
to say, the man’s name was Hans Bussman and he really was Franz’s
long-lost brother. When the brothers were reunited, Hans explained how
it was that he was still alive. After having been wounded towards the
end of the war, he had been sent to hospital and was separated from his
unit. The hospital had been bombed and Hans had made his way back into
Western Germany on foot. Meanwhile, his unit was lost and all records of
him had been destroyed. Hans returned to his family home, but the house
had been bombed and no one in the neighbourhood knew what had become of
the inhabitants. Assuming that his family had been killed during an air
raid, Hans settled down in a village fifty miles away where he had
remained ever since.

*“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires
to help that person to realize his dream.”**

an assassination plot 

–We discover that Jack isn’t as innocent as he seems, as the plot
unfolds(=gradually becomes clearer).

by coincidence

11. be fully acquainted with something, to know about something,
because you have seen it, read it, used it etc.

Whatever became of that nice girl who neighbored
nearby? 住在将近的那位可爱的女孩后来什么了?

plot to do something:a plot to bomb the UN headquarters

7. downfall, a. complete loss of your money, moral standards, social
position etc. or the sudden failure of an organization; b.something that
causes a complete failure or loss

plot against: a plot against the king

–She was well acquainted with classical literature.

conspire against:There was some evidence that he had been conspiring
against the government.

sheer/pure coincidence(=completely by chance)


A novelist would bring his story to a conclusion by presenting his
readers with a series of coincidences–most of them wildly

13. become of
what 或 whatever 连用]:

conspire to do something:Pollution and neglect have conspired to
ruin the city.

What is to become of me if you go away?假设你走的话,作者的结果将是何许呢?

–The details of his life remain obscure.

2. coincidence/koʊˈɪnsɪdəns/, when two things happen at the same
time, in the same place, or to the same people in a way that seems
surprising or unusual→coincide,coincidental

Needless to say, we’re on a very tight budget.

conspire against:Emily felt that everything was conspiring against


8. conspire/kənˈspaɪr/, a. to secretly plan with someone else to do
something illegal=conspiracy; b. if events conspire to do something,
they happen at the same time and make something bad happen.

eg. He charmed credulous investors out of millions of dollars.

–That’s a wicked bike!

We’re in no rush to bring this to a conclusion.

I don’t know what will become of me if my husband divorces


–It seems highly improbable that he had no knowledge of the affair.

conspire (with somebody) to do something:All six men admitted
conspiring to steal cars.

not a coincidence/more than coincidence(=not chance, but deliberate)

I think it is more than coincidence that all the complaints have come
from the same group of people.

By coincidence, John and I both ended up at Yale.

unacceptable /ˌʌnəkˈseptəbəl/连读

–The plot to overthrow the military government was foiled(=prevented
from being successful).

9. bring to a conclusion=jump to conclusions=draw a conclusion

–Jeremy’s honesty had been his downfall.

5. wickedly/ˈwɪkɪdli/, behaving in a way that is morally
wrong=evil; spoken, very good

–His lack of experience had led to his downfall.

The programme poured scorn on the concept of “a new world order.”

–For some obscure reason, the group is very popular.