Lesson 4 Seeing hands
by ERIC DE MAUNY
from The Listener
4-1. Several cases have been reported in Russia recently of people who can read and detect colours with their fingers, and even see through solid doors and walls.
of people who can…walls作定语修饰cases，这部分较长，所以被移到谓语部分后，这样句子就不会头重脚轻。句中的of意为“关于”。
detect：察觉，发觉（to notice or discover something, especially something that is not easy to see, hear etc.）。
4-2. One case concerns an eleven-year-old schoolgirl, Vera Petrova, who has normal vision but who can also perceive things with different parts of her skin, and through solid walls.
and through solid walls与with different parts of her skin并列作状语，修饰perceive。
perceive：感觉，感知（to notice, see, or recognize something）。
4-3. This ability was first noticed by her father.
this ability指上句中perceive things with different parts of her skin, and through solid walls。
4-4. One day she came into his office and happened to put her hands on the door of a locked safe.
happened to do something：碰巧做某事（if you happen to do something, you do it by chance），
I happened to look in that direction and caught him in the act of doing it.
safe:保险柜（a strong metal box or cupboard with special locks where you keep money and valuable things）。
4-5. Suddenly she asked her father why he kept so many old newspapers locked away there, and even described the way they were done up in bundles.
locked away there作kept的宾语补足语。lock sth. away意为“把某物锁起来”。there指locked safe。they were done up in bundles作定语修饰way，意为“报纸是怎样捆着的”。they指newspaper。
do up：捆，包（to fasten something，or to be fastened in a particular way）。