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1. Reproduce the situations from the chapters where these lexical items are used.

2. Comment on or paraphrase the following sentences from the chapters.

  • Fabian moved from place to place in waves of welcome;

  • I felt the wrong age, in the wrong place;

  • I doubted that I could ever get rid of Scranton;

  • They skied with a devoted British recklessness;

  • She looked at me challengingly, as though daring me to comment on this;

  • Education. Hah! How to grow up useless in three languages. And expensive;

  • Didi Wales’s remark about my natural habitat had had its effect;

  • I owe something to my reputation as a gentleman;

  • I felt the power of Miles Fabian’s arguments in favour of wealth;

  • I hesitated to talk fearing that I somehow would betray my outsiderness;

  • One must learn the rules of the game.

3. Answer the questions.

  • Why didn’t Grimes want to see St. Moritz again?

  • Who did Grimes come across in Gstaad (in the bar)?

  • What happened to the Wales family?

  • What kind of doubts did Grimes have about his marrying Eunice? Were they groundless?

  • What made Grimes so worried while skiing?

  • What brought Didi Wales to Gstaad?

  • How do you account for Didi Wales’s dream of becoming an archaeologist?

  • What shocked Didi Wales about Grimes being surrounded by Fabian and the ladies?

  • What kind of philosophy did Fabian have?

  • What attracted Fabian in real estate business?

  • Who unexpectedly appeared in Gstaad one evening?

  • Describe the usual routine of ski resorts as they are depicted in the book;

  • What subjects were brought up for discussing in the course of the party?

  • Why did Grimes feel ill at ease at the party?

4. Do you agree or disagree with the following? Quote the text to prove that.

  • Grimes was nostalgic about his home country;

  • Grimes was amazed to meet somebody from the USA in Gstaad;

  • Didi Wales was on good terms with her friends;

  • Grimes had a rich imagination;

  • Didi Wales had had a crush on Grimes since her childhood;

  • So many business deals made Grimes dizzy;

  • Such parties were not Grimes’s cup of tea;

  • Grimes was a decent man of principle.

5. Topics for developing argumentation and rhetorical speech skills. Dwell on the following subjects.

  • Live your own life – you can bring a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink;

  • Speak about ‘small talk’ as a peculiar characteristic of polite well-bred people (any tips);

  • Luck and risk – their contribution to people’s wealth;

  • Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident. – M. Twain

  • Luck never gives; it only lends. – Swedish Proverb

  • Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves. – L. King

  • Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. –R.W. Emerson

  • If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul. – D. Barrymore

  • To win you have to risk loss. – J.-C. Killy

6. Insert the right prepositions.

  • Fabian had not brought ………………… the subject of Eunice again on the trip from Bern, and I was grateful………….. him ……………… it.

  • The economy of the planet is suffering …………………. overpopulation, fright, wars, a bad conscience, and an overabundance of available cash.

  • I refrained………………… telling her that when she reached my age she would find everybody didn’t get what they wanted.

  • ……… this weather and ……….. this time of day, the town looked magical.

  • My mother is recovering …………her heartbreak in Palm Beach. And I'm stashed ………… here.

  • You never showed ………., like the rest of the boys.

  • I doubted that I could ever get rid ……… Scranton and pretend to be anything but what I was - a man trained as a kind of superior technician, dependent …….. a payroll.

  • Fabian could educate me ………. a degree, but there were limits.

  • It's a tribute ………. our beauty.

  • The chair mounted silently and we got a view ………. the whole town spread ………. ……… the sunlight.

  • I saw them ……. . the stores the day they came, buying ……… everything ………… sight.

  • I think you're being a little harsh ……… them.

  • ………. the end of the afternoon we had made an offer ……. a six-month option ………. a hilly stretch of ground ………. the road, about five miles ……….. Gstaad.

  • Fabian merely looked quietly pleased ……….. the day's work.

  • Bill Sloane had not contributed ………. my finest hours in Europe.

  • Assembled for celebration, the guests were a joyous company of equal friends, secure ………… disaster, ……….. petty care.

  • The subject of politics came ……….. with the dessert.

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