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"My aunt will come soon, Mr. Nuttel," said a very self-sure young lady of fifteen. "Do you know many people here?" asked the niece. "Hardly anybody," said Mr. Nuttel. "My sister was staying here some four years ago, and she recommended me to come here to have a rest." "Then you know nothing about my aunt? " continued the girl. "Only her name and address," answered Mr. Nuttel. "Her great tragedy happened just 3 years ago," said die child. "Her tragedy?" asked Mr. Nuttel. "You may wonder why we keep that window wide open on an October afternoon," said the niece. "Out through that window three years ago my aunt's husband and her two young brothers went hunting. They never came back. They drowned in the marsh. Poor aunt always thinks that they will come back some day, they and the little brown spaniel that was lost with them, too."
It was a relief for Mr. Nuttel when the aunt hurried into the room with many apologies for being late. "I hope you don't mind the open window," the aunt said, "my husband and brothers will soon come back from hunting and they always come through this window."
She talked cheerfully about hunting, to Mr. Nuttel it was all horrible. He announced that doctors advised him a complete rest in a quiet country place and that he should avoid any excitement.
"Here they are at last," cried the aunt. Mr. Nuttel shivered slightly and looked through the window. Three figures were walking across the lawn, they all carried guns, a tired brown spaniel followed them. Mr. Nuttel took his stick and hat and rushed out quickly.
"Here we are, my dear," said the aunt's husband. "Who was that man who rushed out as we came up?"
"A most strange man," said the aunt. "He could speak only about his illness, and that he came to have a rest here, and ran away without saying good-bye, as if he had seen a ghost."
"I think it was the spaniel," said the niece calmly, "he told me he had a horror of dogs. Once in India he was hunted by wild dogs and he had to spend a night in a newly dug grave."
Her hobby was making up tales.
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. an aunt - tante -
2. self-sure - paðpârliecinâts -
3. a niece - krustmeita -
4. hardly - tikko -
5. to wonder - ieinteresçt -
6. to keep - turçt -
7. through - caur (pâri) -
8. to hunt - medît -
9. to drown - noslîkt -
10. marsh - purvs -
11. to lose (lost) - zaudçt (pazaudçt) -
12. relief - atvieglojums -
13. to hurry - steigties -
14. apology - atvainoðanâs -
15. you don't mind - jûs neiebilstat -
16. cheerfully - jautri -
17. horrible - ðausmîgs -
18. to announce - paziòot -
19. to advise - dot padomu -
20. a complete rest - pilnîgs miers -
21. quiet - mierîgs -
22. to avoid - izvairîties -
23. excitement - uztraukums -
24. at last - beidzot -
25. to shiver - nodrebçt -
26. slightly - viegli -
27. lawn - zâlâjs, mauriòð -
28. to rush - steigties (mesties) -
29. illness - slimîba -
30. as if - it kâ -
31. a ghost - spoks -
32. calmly - mierîgi -
33. wild - savvaïas -
34. a grave - kaps -
II Answer the questions.
1. Where did Mr. Nuttel go?
2. Why did he go there?
3. Who met him?
4. What did he know about the lady he went to visit?
5. What was her tragedy?
6. What did poor aunt always think about?
7. What did the aunt say when she came?
8. What did Mr. Nuttel speak all the time about?
9. Who was coming across the lawn?
10. What did Mr. Nuttel do when he saw the coming men?
11. What did the aunt think about Mr. Nuttel?
12. How did the niece explain his rushing out of the house?
13. What was the niece's hobby?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
N. Good morning, Miss!
G. Hi! Come in, please!
N. I've come to have a rest in this place.
G. Wait a little, please. My aunt will come soon. Do you know many people here?
N. Hardly anybody. My sister was staying here some 4 years ago. She recommended me to come here for a rest.
G. Then you know nothing about my aunt, do you?
N. Only her name and address.
G. She had a great tragedy 3 years ago.
N. A great tragedy?
G. You may wonder why we keep that window wide open on an October afternoon. Three years ago my aunt's husband and two of her young brothers went hunting and never came back.
N. What happened to them?
G. They drowned in the marsh. But my poor aunt always thinks that they will come back some day.
N. Such a pity. That's horrible!
A. Good morning, Sir!
N. Good morning!
A. What can I do for you?
N. I am here to have a rest. My doctor advised me to go to a quiet country-place.
A. I hope you don't mind the open window, my husband and brothers will soon come back from hunting and they always come through this window.
N. My doctor advised me to avoid excitement, it's very important to me.
A. Here they are at last.
H. Here we are, my dear! Who was that who rushed out as we came up?
A. A most strange man. He could speak only about his illness and when he saw you coming, he ran away without saying good-bye, as if he had seen a ghost.
N. I think he was frightened by your dog. He told me that once, when he was in India, wild dogs hunted him, and he had to spend a night in a newly dug grave.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. To have a rest, wait a little, hardly anybody, a great tragedy, you may wonder, to keep wide open, went hunting, to happen to, to drown in the marsh, such a pity.
2. To have a rest, to advise, a quiet country place, I hope you don't mind, to come back, to avoid excitement, at fast, to rush out, a most strange man, to run away, as if he had seen a ghost.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. The girl had a rich imagination.
2. Mr. Nuttel concentrated on his illness.
3. Mr. Nuttel's sister recommended him to have a rest in that country place.
4. Mr. Nuttel seemed strange to the aunt and her husband.
5. It was a warm October day.
6. The aunt was a merry lady.
7. Mr. Nuttel was ill.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Mr. Nuttel came to an unknown place.
2. His doctor advised him to have a rest in a quiet country place.
3. Mr. Nuttel was met by a young girl of fifteen.
4. The girl told him a story about her aunt's tragedy.
5. Mr. Nuttel rushed away from the house, when he saw the hunters coming back.
6. The niece made up another story to explain his rush.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. What have you learned about the niece, Mr. Nuttle and the aunt?
2. How do you like the idea of going to strange places to have a rest?
3. Continue the story.
4. Change the end of the story.
5. How would you explain Mr. Nuttel's rush from the house?
6. How would you entertain Mr. Nuttel?
7. How do you like to amuse people?
8. Whom did you like best in the story? Why?
9. Make up a story in groups of 4 or 5.
10. Dramatize the story.