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XI. Explain:

1) why the author was dismayed at the thought of sharing a cabin with Mr Kelada;

2) what he found so exasperating about Mr Kelada;

  1. why Mr Kelada was the best hated man in the ship;

what caused heated arguments at the doctor's table;

5) what turn the conversation concerning culture pearls took;

6) what role Mr Kelada played in averting a scandal;

7) what brought about a change in the author's attitude to Mr Kelada;

8) what motives Mr Kelada was guided by in behaving as he did;

9) what is the plot centered around;

10) what is the composition of the story;

11) what is the main character of the story;

12) in what way does the author prepare the reader not to like Mr Kelada;

13) what phrase repeatedly occurs in the story; on what purpose does Maugham do it;

14) what devices does the author use to draw the character-portrayal of Mr Kelada (epithets, emotionally coloured words, irony, direct characterization, indirect (speech and action) characterization). Account for the positive and negative features of Mr Kelada. What effect does the author achieve using them; how do the other people on board the ship treat him;

15. how does a generous, noble act of Mr Kelada strike you; were you prepared for it or was it a thunder bolt?

16. what is your attitude to the main character;

17) interpret the title of the story;

  1. what is the moral of the story.

XII. Give the gist of the story.

XIII. Describe Mr Kelada's appearance and the features of his character as revealed in the story.


I. Read the first part of the story "Flotsam and Jetsam” by S,Maugham.

II. Give English equivalents of the following using an English-Eng­lish dictionary and use as many expressions in one situation as you can.

I. brunch (p.23)

2 at length (p.14)

3.to dive a violent start (p.14)-

4. to get rid of smb (p. 15)

5. as weak as a rat (p.15)

6. to pursuade smb (p.l6)

7. to amuse oneself (p.l6)

8. to seek one's company

9. to have the activity of mind to do smth (p.17)

10. at the longest (p.18)

11. disconcerting (p.18)

  1. to propose to smb (p.19)

to utter a few polite words (p.21)

to all appearance (p.23)

III. Read and give literary translation of the description of the Gran­ges' appearance. Speak of the impression you've got.

IV. Interpret the following sentences:

1. Opposite was a doorway, with a blind down, and this he guessed

led on to a veranda.(p.15)

2. He was probably manager of an estate on a cut salary, and it was not unlikely that the expense of a guest and his servant was unwelcome.(p.16)

  1. Skelton felt that he should tell his host how it had come about that he had been forced to accept a hospitality which he could not but feel was grudgingly offered. (p. 20-21)

If you'd let me have one of your guns you'd pay for your board over and over again.(p.24)

"I'll leave you, gentleman, to your port", she said, both of men got up as she left the room. It was rather absurd, and somehow sinister, to see this social pretense in those poverty-stricken surroundings on a Borneo river.

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