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IV. Interpret the following sentences:

1) His interior, which was so hearty and English, seemed to have little relation to the man within, you could not resist the suspicion that it masked a very sinister being. (26)

2) Now that things are looking up perhaps you'll be able to take a trip to Eng­land. (28)

3) And as far as Norman was concerned, well, the eye didn't see, the heart did not grieve over. (35)

  1. Sh. would have given anything to get away, but with that nervous affliction she had no ghost of a chance any longer of earning a living. (38)

  1. Answer the following questions:

1. What sort of books did Norman's library represent? Why did Skelton say: “But it looked as though he had learned from them neither charity nor loving kindness, it looked as though their beauty had left him unmoved”?

2. What compelled them to live together though they hated each other?

3. Can the bits of conversation presented in the story prove that they had a grudge against each other? (e.g. “Shut up and do as I tell you”)

4. What do you think was the turning point in their life?

5. How did the accident of killing Jack characterize Norman? Who do you side with? Give your grounds.

6. Why did Norman's explanation of Jack's death seem fishy to the District Officer?

7. Why did Skelton heave a great sigh of relief as he had left that dreadful house and those two unhappy and yet repellent people as he called them?

VI. Answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the narrator of the story?

2. Where and when do the events occur?

3. What is the exposition of the story? Does the author use hints – in the dialogue, description, attitudes and reactions of the characters – to suggest events that will occur late in the story? Identify the type of conflict in the story.

4. How is the story organized? Is the reader given flashbacks to what happened in the past?

5. Describe the main characters of the story: their appearance, social status, their thoughts and feelings. Which methods of presenting the characters prevail: direct or indirect? Are the characters round (=complex) or flat?

6. Comment on the style. Choice of words: colloquial, informal, formal; denotative or connotative. Are there figures of speech and symbols? Examine the sentence length and patterns.

7. What are the themes?

8. What is the tone and mood?

9. Comment on the title of the story.


I. Give English equivalents of the following words and word-combinations. Make up a situation using as many of them as you сan.

mislead (40)

to meet smb halfway (41)

to cower (43)

to know smth like the palm of one's hand (43)

come to terms (48)

be like smb in .many ways ( 48)

derision (49)

to ingratiate oneself with smb. (49)

to shake the life out of smb (48)

to come round (48)

to go to rack and ruin (49)

to buy for a song (50)

II. Be ready to discuss the character-sketch of Hans. Write out the sentences … and comment on them.

a) describing his appearance;

b) showing his attitude to the French army and French people;

c) his courting to Annette;

d) showing Hans' ways and attempts to make amends for Annette.e family. Was he sincere in his intentions?

e) express your own attitude to the character

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