A Life with Birds
For nearly 17 years David Cope has worked as one of the Tower of London's yeoman warders, __1__ known to tourists as beefeaters. David, 64, lives in a three-bedroomed flat right at the __2__ of the Byward Tower, one of the gatehouses. "__3__ our bedroom we have a marvellous view of Tower Bridge and the Thames, " says David.
The Tower of London is famous __4__ its ravens, the large black birds which have lived there for over three centuries. David was immediately fascinated by the birds and when he was __5__ the post of Raven Master eight years ago he had no __6__ in accepting it. "The birds have now become my life and I'm always __7__ of the fact that I am __8__ a tradition. The legend says that if the ravens leave the Tower, England will fall to enemies, and it's my job to __9__ sure this doesn't happen!"
David_10_about four hours a day to the care of the ravens. He has grown to love them and the _11__ that he lives right next to them is ideal. "I can _12__ a close eye on them all the time, and not just when I'm working." __13__, David's wife Mo was not __14__ on the idea of life in the Tower, but she too will be sad to leave when he retires next year. "When we look out of our windows, we see history __15__ around us, and we are taking it in and storing it up for our future memories."
marvellous /'mɑ:vil?s/a.奇妙的，不可思议的fascinate / 'fæsmeIt / v. 着迷，吸引
raven /'reiv?n/ n. 乌鸦，黑色的鸟legend / 'led3;lnd / n. 传奇，传说
1. ...from our bedroom we have a marvellous view of ... :从我们的卧室看去，有一个奇妙的角度。。。
2. ... keen on the idea of life in the Tower..: 热衷于塔里的生活
1. A. more B. better C. sooner D. very
2. A. height B. summit C. peak D. top
3. A. Since B. Out C. From D. Through
4. A. for B. because C. of D. by
5. A. award B. applied C. presented D. offered