Hope this helps.Hello!
The following sentences are about an British writier , who once was a promising politician and I have some questions about some of the sentneces.
1. Despite the recent and expensive faiure of his latest West End play, Jeffy Archer is not noticeably down and a considerable distance from out. ( what does it mean by noticealy down.... from out??)
There is an English phrase, "down and out", which means that the person has reached a low point and is an indigent - a tramp who has nothing. The phrase in the text indicates Jeffery Archer's ability to overcome difficulty.
2. It( writing) happens mainly between six and eight in the morning. I like that session. It is the original session. Then I correct from three till five...( what does it mean by original session???)
The first time he has written whatever it is he is writing. He will afterwards amend and improve the writing.
3. The writing has to fit into a political schedule. Still offered several Parliamentay seats a year, which he firmly turns down, he accpects innumerable spekaing engagements ..
He has a schedule of commitments to other matters, such as speaking engagements, family engagements etc, and the writing periods have to be fitted into these.
Also, the followings are from an article titled " Springing hot from the bowels of the earth( what does the title mean exactly? I am not sure how to understnad springing hot...??) . It is about world famous spas and still some of the sentnences are confusing to me.
There are intense pressures and hotspots in the Earth's crust. These pressures force water, steam, rocks and hot mud up through narrow cracks in the surface, so that they spring up into the air like a fountain. The "bowels of the earth" is a poetic way of referring to the depths under the surface.
4. Poaching under the volcano.( what is the meaning of poaching here?)
I think this is a cooking term. Eggs are poached in simmering hot water - it's a slow means of cooking.
5. The secret lies in the Moor, a dark oozing mud found only at Neyharting, a strange area of moorland set amid lakes and gentle green hills.... the focal point of each day is the Moor bath. ( my question: Does the Moor indicate any special area? If not, why M starts with the upper case??)
As it is capitalized, then yes, it is referring to a specific area.
6. Others come to use the mud for cosmetic purposes and it has not been incorporated in a range of beauty products. A variety of walks takes the place of the more sophiscated pursuits available in my spa town)
What is your query about this?
7. While some my be put off by the lack of facilities, others find a raw appeal about the place.
"Be put off" = will not enjoy the lack of facilities and will not want to come
"raw appeal about the place" = others will enjoy the feeling that they are in an unsophisticated or wild place.
Sorry for the long question, but it is really hard for me to get the meaning. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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