Practicing Essay Writing

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their dials to find out whether there would be anything better on radio. Thy had no inkling that a play was progress. The radio announcer then said" Ladies and gentleman, I have a special announcement to make.The strange object which fell at Grover's Mill, New Jersey, this evening was not a meteorite. Incredible as it seems, it contained strange beings who are believed to be an army from the planet Mars" Soft music followed -a subtle touch to get people anxious , and frightened. What was going on?

inkling: a slight knowledge or suspicion,hint暗示
twiddling:move
subtle: so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe.微妙
delicate :精巧

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The announcer broke in again. There was a nervous,panicky tone to his voice. " Martians hideous, leathery-skinned creatures, are spreading out. New Jersey police are racing to intercept them." There was more music, more feverish announcement, chilling to listen to. Across the whole of America, people were beginning to panic. Then the announcer spluttered on air Gin, " We take you now to Washington for a special broadcast on the national emergency by the Secretary of the Interior."

A solemn voice was heard urging people not to panic - but in the same breath telling them that Martian landing was not restricted to New Jersey. Space vehicles were falling to earth across the states.

feverish: symptoms of having fever
solemn: formal and serious 莊嚴

There were interviews played bu the actor, Joseph Cotte. The witnesses recounted how they had seen fiery objects land, and how death rays had wiped out thousands. One of Welles' actors even impersonated the President of United States. The show ended with an announcer screaming. His feverish commentary trailed of in a strangled scream.

strangled: squeeze or constrict the neck of (a person or animal), especially so as to cause death.

impersonated: pretend to be (another person) for entertainment or fraud.
trail: 拖, or more commonly used as a track, scent, or other indication used in following someone or hunting an animal.

feverish: displaying a frenetic excitement or energy

frenetic: fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way.

commentary : broadcast