Notes on the text课文注释
1 beyond doubt，确凿无疑。
2 however wise or eminent，不管他们是多么精明、多么杰出。
however 为连接副词，作“不管……如何”解，所引导的让步状语从句中经常可以省略某些词，此处省略了they are。
3 quite independent of human interference，完全不受人的干预。 be independent of，不受。
4 it serves him right，他罪有应得。
5 in part，部分地，在某种程度上。
6 of its own accord，自愿地，自动地。
7 impossible to resist the temptation to say…，情不自禁地说……。
Multiple choice questions多项选择题
Choose the correct answers to the following questions.
1 In what circumstances may justice take effect outside the courts of law?
a.When a judge has proved neither eminent nor wise.
b.When it has not been possible to prove a man's guilt beyond any doubt.
c.When justice has been done without the interference of a human agent.
d.When, for example, a man is caught and handed over to the police.
2 Why did the manager ring up the fire brigade?
a.He thought that one of the chimneys was on fire.
b.He expected them to be of most help in the circumstances.
c.He had not realized there was a criminal on the premises.
d.He thought whoever was stuck might be a member of the fire brigade.
3 The fire fighters ascertained which chimney the man was in by ______ .
a.deciding which of the many cries came from the right chimney
b.listening for the man's response to their taps on the walls
c.chipping through a wall which was eighteen inches thick
d.cutting a huge hole in the wall