新世纪英专本科生系列(修订版):听力教程(第三版)第1册 Unit 04 Historic Homes

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This small house in Winchester, Virginia,

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opened its doors to the public in August.

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It was home to singer Patsy Cline,

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who died at the age of 30.

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 Judy Sue Huyett- Kempf is director
of the Pasty Cline Historic House.

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“When she moved here, she was singing in local talent contests,

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church functions, anything that she could find at that point.”

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“That piano she got when she was eight years old.”

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Patsy’s first cousin, Patricia Brannon,

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shows the house to visitors.

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Patricia was six years younger than Patsy

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and often visited her as a child.

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“Her mom, and her sister, and her brother and herself,

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was four of them. There was not a whole lot of money.

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Like everybody else was hard time.”

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Brannon’s childhood memories helped return the house 

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to the condition it was in in the late 1940s.

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She is pleased that Winchester is finally honoring her cousin,

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nearly 50 years after she died in a plane crash.

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“They all said that she was born on the wrong side of town.

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But when they purchased the house and they restored it,

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I think that it was one of the best things that happened.”

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Huyett-Kempf says many people had been waiting for this recognition.

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“I mean this is where she lived.

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Where she walked, where she ate, where she slept.

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We can only allow 20 people at a time in

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the house because the house is very small.

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And in the first five days we did over 600 people.”

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Babe Ruth is considered one of
the greatest baseball players in history.

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He was born in this house in Baltimore, Maryland.

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“Ruth was born here in 1895, February 6.”

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Mike Gibbons is Executive Director of

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the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.

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He says Ruth was the first sports superstar.

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“He is the first guy who ever had a sports agent.

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He is the first guy who ever was used to promote retail goods.”

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Ruth’s birthplace was supposed to be destroyed in the 1960s.

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The building was rescued by people in Baltimore,

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and has been opened to the public for almost 40 years.

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“With his house we give them plenty of opportunities

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to touch where Babe Ruth, you know, walked around.

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Now he did not live here,
but this was his grandparents’ house,

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so he was in and out of this house
for the first seven years of his life.”

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Baltimore was also home to the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe.

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He is best known for his scary poems and stories.

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Poe’s house is now the oldest in the city.

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Jeff Jerome is curator of the building.

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“We believe he lived here 1832 to 1835.

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He was around 25 years old at that time when

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he lived here and he shared
this small house with his two cousins,

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Henry and Virginia, his aunt Maria Clemm, and his grandmother.”

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Poe’s attic bedroom looks much like historians

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believe it did when the writer lived there.

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“He probably, of course, had a bed,

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very similar to the one that we have. He had a chair,

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a washstand and maybe a small table.”

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Edgar Allan Poe is buried in Baltimore.

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Jerome says people travel from all around the world

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to visit Poe’s house and his burial place.

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“We had a young lady, 16 years old,

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that came here from China with her father

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and she said she was a poet.

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I allowed her to sit in a chair

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that belonged to Edgar Allan Poe,
and she started crying saying,‘I’m not worthy.

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I’m not worthy to sit in his chair.’”

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The house could close to the public in twenty-twelve

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because of financial problems.

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Jerome hopes that does not happen.

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He wants others like the young lady from China

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to get a chance to experience the house.

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