( )1.The envelope was thin and heavy.
( )2.the address was written in emerald-green ink.
( )3.Turning the envelope over,Harry saw a green wax seal bearing a coat of arms.
( )4.Turning the envelope over,Harry saw a snake surrounding a small letter H.
( )5.Harry went back to the kitchen, still staring at his letter.
This was why Harry spent as ___1___ time as possible out of the house, wandering around and ___2___ about the end of the holidays, where he could see a tiny ray of hope. When September came he would be going off to secondary school and, ___3___ the first time in his life, he wouldn’t be with Dudley. Dudley had been accepted at Uncle Vernon’s old private school, Smeltings. Piers Polkiss was going there too. Harry, on the ___4____ hand, was going to Stonewall High, the local public school. Dudley thought this was very ___5____.
As he looked ___1___ Dudley in his new knickerbockers, Uncle Vernon said gruffly that it was the ___2___moment of his life. Aunt Petunia burst ___3___ tears and said she couldn’t believe it was her ickle dudleykins, he looked ___4___ handsome and grown-up. Harry didn’t trust himself to speak. He thought two of his ribs might already ___5___ cracked from ___6____ not to laugh.
There was ___7____ horrible smell in the kitchen the next morning when Harry went in for breakfast. It seemed to be ___8_____ from a large metal tub in the sink. He went to have a ___9___ . The tub was full ___10___ what looked like dirty rags swimming in gray water.
( )1.A.into B.for C.at
( )2.A.prouder B.proudest C.proudly
( )3.A.out B.into C.in
( )4.A.so B.such C.at
( )5.A.has B.have C.having
( )6.A.try B.trying C.tried
( )7.A.an B.a C.the
( )8.A.come B.coming C.came
( )9.A.see B.look C.watch
( )10.A.of B.with C.from
Uncle Vernon’s rations turned out to be a bag of chips each and four bananas. He tried to start a fire but the empty chip bags just smoked and shriveled up.
“Could do with some of those letters now, eh?” he said cheerfully.
He was in a very good mood. Obviously he thought nobody stood a chance of reaching them here in a storm to deliver mail. Harry privately agreed, though the thought didn’t cheer him up at all.
As night fell, the promised storm blew up around them. Spray from the high waves splattered the walls of the hut and a fierce wind rattled the filthy windows. Aunt Petunia found a few moldy blankets in the second room and made up a bed for Dudley on the moth-eaten sofa. She and Uncle Vernon went off to the lumpy bed next door, and Harry was left to find the softest bit of floor he could and to curl up under the thinnest, most ragged blanket.
The storm raged more and more ferociously as the night went on. Harry couldn’t sleep. He shivered and turned over, trying to get comfortable, his stomach rumbling with hunger. Dudley’s snores were drowned by the low rolls of thunder that started near midnight. The lighted dial of Dudley’s watch, which was dangling over the edge of the sofa on his fat wrist, told Harry he’d be eleven in ten minutes’ time. He lay and watched his birthday tick nearer, wondering if the Dursleys would remember at all, wondering where the letter writer was now.
( )1.Uncle Vernon’s rations turned out to be a bag of chips and four bananas.
( )2.Harry was in a very good mood.
( )3.Uncle Vernon thought nobody stood a chance of reaching them here in a storm to deliver mail.
( )4.The storm raged more and more ferociously as the night went on. Harry couldn’t help sleeping.
( )5.Harry would be eleven in ten minutes’ time.
“It’s Monday,” he told his mother. “The Great Humberto’s on tonight. I want to stay somewhere with a television.”
Monday. This reminded Harry of something. If it was Monday — and you could usually count on Dudley to know the days of the week, because of television — then tomorrow, Tuesday, was Harry’s eleventh birthday. Of course, his birthdays were never exactly fun — last year, the Dursleys had given him a coat hanger and a pair of Uncle Vernon’s old socks. Still, you weren’t eleven every day.
Uncle Vernon was back and he was smiling. He was also carrying a long, thin package and didn’t answer Aunt Petunia when she asked what he’d bought.
One day ___1___ July, Aunt Petunia took Dudley ___2___ London to buy his Smeltings uniform, leaving Harry at Mrs. Figg’s. Mrs. Figg wasn’t as bad ___3___ usual. It turned out she’d broken her leg tripping over one of her cats, and she didn’t seem quite as fond ___4___ them as before. She let Harry ___5___(watch) television and gave him a bit of chocolate cake that tasted as though she’d had it for several years.
That evening, Dudley ___6____(parade) around the living room for the family in his brand-new uniform. Smeltings boys ___7____(wear) maroon tailcoats, orange knickerbockers, and flat straw hats ___8___(call) boaters. They also carried knobbly sticks, used for ___9___(hit) each other while the teachers weren’t looking. This was supposed ___10___ be good training for later life.
1.Why doesn't Uncle let Harry read the letter？
2.Who would knock at the door?Why did that person come?