Stacey makes a new friend at school and invites her home for the first time 1 .
1) for the first time:第一次,首次
Stacey excuses herself to fetch her Mom and introduce her new friend. As her friend is standing in the living room next to the fireplace, she picks up the attractive vase on the mantle 1 .
When Stacey returns with her mother, her friend is staring curiously into the vase. "Oh, those are my father's ashes," Stacey informs her new friend. However, this startles 1 her so that she drops the vase with a -- ashes and broken vase scattering all around.
1) startles:(startle) vt.使大吃一惊n.吃惊
After turning three shades of red she stammers 1 out, "Oh, no... I'm, oh!... I, can't... didn't mean to.."
1) stammers:(stammer) vt. 口吃地说n.口吃
"It's OK dear," the mother says. "The vase was just from Wal- Mart 1 ." The new friend catches her breath enough to say, "But... but your husband's ashes..."
1) Mart:n. 集市;买卖;v.经营
"Well," the mother says, "looks like he'll just have to get off his lazy butt and get the ashtray 1 from the kitchen from now on!"