Read the story and get a general idea.
A man fell ill, and the doctor was sent for. The doctor came, and when he found out what the matter was he asked for pen, ink and paper, so that he might write a prescription. But there were no such things in the house; so the man's wife went out to borrow them from somebody. She did not come back a long time and the doctor grew tired of waiting. He took a piece of coal and the prescription was written with it on the door. Then he went away. The thing was that nobody in the house could read or write Latin. So the door was taken off its hinges, carried to the chemist's shop and in this way the medicine was got.
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. to fall ill - saslimt -
2. to send for the doctor - sûtît pçc ârsta -
3. to find out - atklât -
4. a prescription - recepte -
5. to borrow - aizòemties -
6. to grow tired - nogurt -
7. a piece of coal - ogles gabaliòð -
8. the thing is - lieta tâda, ka -
9. to take off - noòemt -
10. a hinge - durvju eòìes -
11. a chemist's shop - aptieka -
II Answer the questions.
1. Why was the doctor sent for?
2. What did the doctor ask for?
3. Why did he ask for a pen, ink and paper?
4. Why did the man's wife go out to her neighbours?
5. Who didn't come back a long time?
6. Did the doctor like it?
7. Could the doctor wait for the man's wife?
8. Did he write the prescription?
9. How did the doctor write the prescription?
10. Who could read in the house?
11. Why was the door taken off its hinges?
12. Was the medicine got?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
D. Good morning! What's the matter?
W. Good morning, doctor! Come in, please. My husband is having a bad headache.
D. I'll examine him right away, and take his temperature.
W. So, is there anything serious, doctor?
D. He is running a high temperature too.
W. What can we do for him, doctor?
D. I'll prescribe some medicine for him. Will you, please, give me a pen and some paper.
W. I'm sorry, doctor, but we have no such things at home. I'll go and borrow them from some of our neighbours. Wait a little, please!
D. O.K. I'll wait a little.
W. Oh, where is the doctor?
D. He has gone away, mother.
W. But what can we do without a prescription?
D. He has written it on the door, mother!
W. How could he do it?
D. With a piece of coal.
W. Who will read it, I wonder?
D. Nobody, of course. Let's take the door off its hinges and take it to the chemist's shop.
W. Oh, how clever you are, my dear! We'll certainly do it tin's way.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. What's the matter?, to have a bad headache, to examine somebody, to take temperature, to be running a high temperature, to prescribe medicine, to borrow from somebody.
2. To go away, a prescription, a piece of coal, I wonder, let's take the door off its hinges, the chemist's shop, how clever you are!
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. A man fell ill.
2. The doctor was clever and experienced.
3. The house was not rich.
4. The wife took much care of her husband.
5. The wife was too talkative.
6. The doctor was inventive.
7. The wife was inventive too.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. A man fell ill.
2. The doctor was sent for.
3. There was no pen in die house.
4. The wife went out to borrow a pen and some paper from their neighbours.
5. The doctor grew tired and wrote the prescription on the door.
6. Nobody in the house could read.
7. The door was taken off the hinges and carried to the chemist's shop.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Why, do you think, the wife didn't come back so long?
2. Did the doctor have a good sense of responsibility?
3. Do you have pens, ink and paper at home?
4. Is it convenient to live without pens and paper?
5. How do you like the story?
6. What would you do in the doctor's place?
7. Continue the story (how could events develop).
8. Do you take care of your home people when they are ill?
9. Who usually calls for the doctor in your family?
10. Do you like to go for medicine to the chemist's shop?
11. Do you like to take medicine?