What was it aboutsnails that made the writer collect them for his friend on that day inparticular？
1、People become quiteillogical when they try to decide what can be eaten and what cannot be eaten.
come to 涉及， 谈及(常和 when 连用) When it come to sth When it cometo doing sth
-- When it comes to politics I know nothing. 谈到政治，我一无所知。
-- He never complains when it comes tohelping his wife with the house work. 当谈及到帮妻子做家务活这件事的时候， 他从来不抱怨。
2、If you lived in theMediterranean， for instance，you would consider octopus a great delicacy.
for instance = for example adv.例如
consider sth (to be) sth
3、You would not beable to understand why some people find it repulsive.
4、On the other hand， your stomach would turn at the idea of frying potatoes in animalFat-- --the normally accepted practice in many northern countries.
On the other hand 在另一方面(转折连词)
一些 at 介词短语表示：当…就… 一…就…
at the idea of = at the thought of 一想到就…
at the sight of 一看到就…，
at the mention of 一提到就…，
at the news of 一听到什么的消息就
at the touch of 一碰到就…，
at the sound of 一听到什么的声音就…
-- I was glad at thought of getting somethingto eat.
-- I always love at the mention of ghoststory.
-- It is now quite common practice formarried women not to take their husband’s second name.
-- the practice of closing shops on Sunday
-- My practice to studying English is to readevery day.
-- Early to bed and early to rise is a goodhabit. 早睡早起是个好习惯。
-- the custom of giving present at Christmas
-- Social custom vary greatly form country tocountry. 不同的国家有不同的社会习俗。
5、The sad truth isthat most of us have been brought up to eat certain foods and we stick to themall our lives.
That 引导表语从句， 说明 truth的内容。
bring up v.抚养， 教育， 培养(常用被动语态，表示自小到大)
-- Joe is born in England， but brought up in France.
-- She was brought up to believe that moneyis the most/great important thing in life.
-- I’ve been broughtup to eat fish， just because my mother is fond of fishas well.
-- He has been brought up to eat fryingpotatoes just because his parents are fond of that.
-- He gave much attention to bring up hischildren. Stick to = keep to = not give up stick to the decision / stick to theidea / stick to the plan
-- We decided to stick to our previous plan.
-- I made my decision and I am going to stickto it. Insist on doing sth. = Persist in doing sth. 坚持做某事
6、No creature hasreceived more praise and abuse than the common garden snail.
= The common garden snail often receives morepraise and abuse than other creature. 比较级表达高级：
-- Nobody is more beautiful than you.
-- He is more intelligent than anyone else inmy class.
7、Cooked in wine， snails are a great luxury in various parts of the world.
cooked 过去分词做定语， 与snail 构成被动关系。
8、There are countlesspeople who， ever since their early years， have learned to associate snails with food.
Countless(adj.无数的， 数不尽的)= numerous(adj.众多的， 许多的， 无数的)
Associate sth with sth 把某物和某物联系在一起
9、My friend， Robert， lives in a country where snails aredespised.
People there don’tconsider snails to be a great delicacy
10、As his flat is ina large town， he has no garden of his own.
Has no garden of his own 没有自己的庭院
11、For years he hasbeen asking me to collect snails from my garden and take them to him.
12、The idea neverappealed to me very much， but one day， after a heavy shower， I happened to bewalking in my garden when I noticed a huge number of snails taking a stroll onsome of my prize plants.
The idea never appealed to me very much. =The idea never interested me very much.
happen to do 偶然， 碰巧
-- I happened to out when he called.
-- We both happened to be traveling on thesame plane. happen / chance
-- It happened that I was out when he called.= It happened that I was out when he called.
-- He was having a bath when the telephonesuddenly rang.
-- We were about to start when it rained.taking a stroll 现在分词做定语修饰 snail snails taking a stroll= snails that were taking a stroll
13、Acting on a suddenimpulse， I collected several dozen， put them in a paper bag， and took them toRobert.
on a sudden impulse 一时的冲动
-- Acting on a sudden impulse， she went shopping to buy several dresses.
14、Robert wasdelighted to see me and equally pleased with my little gift.
= Robert was not only delighted to see me butalso pleased with my little gift.
Be delighted to do
Be pleased with sth
15、I left the bag inthe hall and Robert and I went into the living room where we talked for acouple of hours.
I had forgotten all about the snails whenRobert suddenly said that I must stay to dinner. Snails would， of course， be the main dish.
16、I did not fancythe idea and I reluctantly followed Robert out of the room.
Reluctant(adj.不愿意的， 勉强的)= unwillingly(adv.不愿意地， 不情愿地)
To our dismay， we sawthat there were snails everywhere： they had escapedfrom the paper bag and had taken complete possession of the hall！
Dismay n.灰心， 沮丧； 惊愕
to our dismay 使我们惊愕的是
take possession of v.占有， 占领
-- The solider take possession of enemies’ fort.(fort n.堡垒， 要塞)
-- The terrorists took possession of theembassy.
17、I have never beenable to look at a snail since then.