Notes on the text
1 much-travelled world，经常有游客往来的世界。
2 be inaccessible to…，是……难以到达的。
3 be cut off from…，与……隔绝。
5 descend on，突然到来。
6 taking a path which led out of the town是现在分词短语作时间状语，which引导定语从句修饰path。意即“走上了一条出镇的小路”。
7 (be) fast asleep，熟睡，此处作定语，修饰boatman。
8 the only sign of life being an ugly-looking black goat，这是一个由名词和分词组成的独立主格结构，作状语，说明seemed deserted。
9 by shy of…，作“对……畏缩”，“害怕……”解。
10 come to life，苏醒过来，活跃起来。
Multiple choice questions
Choose the correct answers to the following questions.
1 On the last day of their visit to a Balkan town, the writer and his wife ______ .
a．followed a path which they found to their surprise led them into a wood
b．went exploring for churches further afield, having seen those nearby
c．decided to visit a small village some distance away from the town
d．discovered their own countrymen to be hostile when they are cut off
2 The village looked forbidding in that ______ .
a．the road leading up to it was so steep and rough
b．it had a deserted and gloomy appearance
c．the mountain threw its shadow over the small brick houses
d．there was nobody in the village
3 What made the writer and his wife feel they were unwelcome visitors?
a．Apart from the children, no one had come out to greet them.
b．When they had first gone through the village, the people had hidden.
c．Nobody said a single word as they watched them walk down the street.
d．The men were too shy to speak to them and the women too shy to come out.
4 ______ that the path continued on the other side, we wondered how we could get across the stream. (11. 14-15)
a．Being able to see
b．It could be seen
c．At the sight of
5 Though he was reluctant to ______ at first, we…(1. 17)
a．ferry us across
c．take to the other side
6 ----unmade road ______ small houses lining it on either side. (11. 18-19)
7 ______ of all was that not a sound could be heard. (1. 29)
a．It frightened us most
b．The thing that most frightened us
c．What frightened us most
d．We were most frightened by
8 ----where we hoped the boatman was waiting and ______ us back. (11. 30-31)
9 In it there was a boatman ______ asleep. (1. 16)
10 The fence the writer and his wife sat down on was ______ … (1. 22)
a．no longer in use
b．sheltered by trees
c．in a state of disrepair
d．made of very hard timber
11 All at once, I noticed that my wife ______ to be filled with alarm. (1. 23)
12 Men stood outside their houses and ______ angrily at us. (11. 27-28)