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Reading Objectives: 进一步理解时间强对比的写法，理解example的功能
You saw the stories of the embarrassment at Encyclopedia Britannica last week as the company's highly advertised free Web site was jammed into nonfunctioning.
句子的主体：the stories of the embarrassment
The stories were of some 10 million hits a day clogging the site, www. britannica. com; of three separate apologies given to would be users of the free reference service; of promises to get the thing up and running, perhaps as early as this week.
More striking, though, is what the stories didn't say: What an extraordinary thing it is that people around the world suddenly have access—free access—to knowledge that would have been the envy of a university professor earlier in my own lifetime.
考点：although, though, even though, in spite of，despite, albeit后面的内容鄙视
What an extraordinary：感叹句，这种奇怪的事情非常值得报道。
have access to=have=be accessible to
6. The author cites the example of Encyclopedia Britannica at the beginning of the passage mainly to show that ________.
(A) its Web site is the target of millions of hackers
(B) the Web site can be repaired soon
(C) it is one of the major signs of knowledge explosion
(D) it is the symbol of the arrival of encyclopedic age
As for ordinary people, I remember how the encyclopedia salesmen would come around with their sample volumes, their memorized spiels and their offers of “easy” terms if you'd only sign up for Compton's or World Book.