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Message in a bottle tossed into sea 23 YEARS AGO finally found

--漂流瓶海中漂流23年后收到回信

难度: 四级  |  词数: 387  |  更新日期: 2014-01-06  |  文章来源: dailymail.co.uk
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More than two decades ago, a 10-year-old schoolgirl threw a bottle into the sea off the coast of Hull as she embarked on a family holiday, hoping to get a response from a stranger in a faraway land.

Inside the bottle was a scrawled letter from Zoe Lemon, a youngster with a love of ballet, playing the flute and the piano, who had just boarded a ferry bound for a holiday in Germany.

She told her prospective recipients of her pet hamster and fish, both called Sparkle, and her parents who were both teachers.

Miss Lemon, of Salford, Greater Manchester, soon forgot about her act of whimsy, eventually marrying and having a child herself.

But this Christmas she was staggered to receive a reply after 23 years.

The bottle was discovered more than 350 miles away in the Netherlands by a man walking his dog, who wrote back.

The mother -- whose surname is now Averianov -- was amazed when her parents called for Christmas and said they had post from Europe.

It turned out to be a reply to her letter from Piet and Jacqueline Lateur from near Rotterdam.

Mr Lateur was walking his dog in the Oosterschelde dykes, near where he and his wife live in Serooskerke, when he found the bottle with Zoe's letter inside.

Mrs Averianov, 33, who works in a jewellery shop, said: 'It's been a bit crazy really. My parents came to visit on Christmas day and they had this letter from Europe addressed to my maiden name, Lemon.

'The first thing I saw was my handwriting as a child and my little letter saying who I was and about my pets and my hobbies. It made me a bit emotional.'

Since receiving the letter, Mrs Averianov has been in contact with Mr Lateur via email and asked to see photographs of where the bottle was found.

He told her: 'I am keeping your little letter on my piano. I know you are no longer a little girl but you asked me to write you so I have.'

Mrs Averianov, who lived in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, when she was growing up, said:' It's amazing it was still undamaged. My dad has been looking at pictures of the area where it was found online and it looks as though there is a cove, so it could have been bobbing around there for years.

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词组意思:

  • more than 超过, 不只
  • embark on... 从事, 着手, 开始
  • be bound for... 准备去...
  • tell sb of sth 告诉某人某事
  • forget about... 忘记...
  • the Netherlands 荷兰
  • write back 写回信
  • call for... 1) 需要... 2) 要求...
  • turn out to be 结果是, 结果证明是, 结果原来是
  • a bit 一点
  • Christmas Day 圣诞节
  • maiden name (女子的)娘家姓
  • ask to do sth 请求(允许), 要求(准许)
  • no longer 不再
  • ask sb to do sth 叫某人去做某事
  • grow up 1) 长大,成熟 2) 发展,形成
  • look at... 1) 看,瞧 2) 看待 3) 考虑, 研究, 检查
  • as though 好像, 就像, 彷佛
  • for years 好几年, 多年, 几年来

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