Read the story and get a general idea.
"If you were a gentleman, you would stop smoking when a lady got into the carriage."
"If you were a lady," replied the Englishman, "you would't get into a smoking-carriage."
"If you were my husband," said the American lady angrily, "I would give you poison."
The Englishman looked at her for a moment or two.
"Well," he said at last, "if I were your husband, I would take it."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. a compartment - kupeja -
2. a smoking-carriage - smçíçtâju vagons -
3. a pipe - pîpe -
4. quietly - mierîgi -
5. to expect - gaidît -
6. to cough - klepot -
7. to sneeze - ðíaudît -
8. to try - mçìinât -
9. to object to - iebilst kaut ko -
10. to take no notice - nepamanît -
11. to put out - nodzçst -
12. to reply - piezîmçt -
13. angrily - dusmîgi -
14. poison - inde -
II Answer the questions.
1. Who travelled in England some years ago?
2. What carriage did the lady travel in?
3. Whom did she see in the compartment?
4. Did the lady sit quietly for a long time?
5. Why did the lady sit quietly at first?
6. Why did she begin to cough and sneeze then?
7. Did the smoking gentleman understand her at once?
8. What did the lady tell him then?
9. Did the gentleman agree to stop smoking?
10. Did the lady become angry?
11. What did the lady say?
12. Why would the gentleman agree to take her poison?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
L. Good morning, Sir!
G. Good morning, Miss!
L. Where are you going?
G. To London.
L. How long will it take us to get to London?
G. 5 hours, I guess.
L. Oh, so long. How to stand it?
G. It's O.K. We shall smoke and spend time nicely.
L. But I don't have that bad habit. I don't smoke.
L. You are smoking too much, I'm afraid.
G. But this is a smoking-carriage, Madam!
L. But you see there is a lady beside you!
G. If you were a lady, you wouldn't get into a smoking-carriage.
L. If you were my husband, I would give you poison.
G. Well, if I were your husband, I would take it.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. Where are you going, how long will it take, I guess, how to stand it, spend the time, a bad habit.
2. To smoke too much, I'm afraid, if you were a lady, I would give you poison, I would take it.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. That was a smoking-carriage.
2. The lady was a good psychologist.
3. The lady was not tolerant.
4. The gentleman was ill-bred.
5. The gentleman was quick witted.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. An American lady, travelling in England, got into a compartment of a smoking-carriage.
2. An English gentleman was smoking a pipe in the compartment.
3. The lady was waiting for him to stop smoking.
4. The gentleman was not going to stop smoking.
5. He was ill-bred, but quick witted.
6. The lady made a mistake, travelling in a smoking-carriage.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Was the lady right?
2. Was the English gentleman really a gentleman?
3. What would you do if you were the lady?
4. What would you do if you were the gentleman?
5. Do you like to smoke?
6. Why is smoking called a bad habit?
7. Whom did you like best: the lady or the gentleman?
8. Are there smoking-carriages in our trains?
9. Which carriages did you travel in?
10. Did you have any unpleasant incidents when travelling?
11. Do you know quick witted people? What are they? What is necessary to do to be quick witted?