More about What to Read
Since it is with a view to1 learning composition that you read, and since it is in present-day English prose that you ought to learn to express yourself, what you read must be present-day English prose. Expressions in common use a hundred years ago may not be so at the present day. Likewise, expressions in common use in verse2 may not be so in prose.
The term “present-day English prose”, however, requires qualification3 here. Since it is in standard English that you ought to learn to express yourself, what you read must not contain too much slang, whatever significance one may attach to the word. Again, since it is things in everday life that you ought to learn to write about, what you read must not be of a technical character4.
One limitation more5. What you read must be fairly easy6 for you; too much time and energy spent in reading between the lines7 and finding out all kinds of references and allusions8 would very likely distract your mind from your purpose9, which is to learn English composition.
- with a view to 以……为目的(后面通常接动名词)
- verse 诗歌体
- qualification 限制
- of a technical character 一种专门性的
- One limitation more 还有一个限制
- fairly easy 相当容易的
- reading between the lines 揣摩言外之意
- references and allusions 出处和引典
- distract your mind from your purpose 使你从你的目的中分心