Read the story and get a general idea.
Haris made much trouble for himself one summer while he was cycling with wife through Holland. His wife sat on the tandem behind him. The roads were stony and the machine jumped a good deal.
"Sit tight," said Harris without turning his head. But Mrs. Harris thought he said "Jump off." Why she thought he had said "Jump off when he said "Sit tight" neither of them can explain. She did jump off, while Harris pedalled away, thinking she was still behind him. Having jumped off, she thought he was riding up the hill merely to show off, and that he would get off on the top of the hill and wait for her.
But nothing of the kind happened. Harris disappeared down the other side of the hill. He continued his ride with much enjoyment. He talked to what he thought was his wife. He told her not to be afraid and he would show her how fast he could go. The bicycle jumped over the road. Old people stood and looked at him, the children cheered him. Having gone on in this way for about five miles he began to feel that something was wrong. Stretching out his hand behind him he felt there was nothing behind him but space. He jumped, or rather fell off, and looked back up the road, nobody was there. Having got on the bicycle again and rode back up the hill, he asked people he met on the road if they had seen his wife. They had not seen her. One man suggested that he should ride to the police station at the next town. The police gave him a paper, and told him to write down a full description of his wife, together with details of when and where he had lost her. He did not know when or where he had lost her, and he said so.
The police looked suspicious. However, they promised to look for her, and in the evening they brought her to him. The meeting of Harris with his wife was not a tender one. As she was not a good actress, Mrs. Harris always had great difficulty in controlling her feelings. But at that time, she frankly admitted that she made no attempt to hide them.
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. to make trouble - iekïût nepatikðanâs -
2. through - pa -
3. stony - akmeòains -
4. to jump - lçkt -
5. a good deal - daudz -
6. sit tight - turies cieði -
7. to jump off - nolçkt -
8. to explain - paskaidrot -
9. to ride - braukt ar velosipçdu -
10. to cycle - braukt ar velosipçdu -
11. to show off - diþoties -
12. to disappear - pazust -
13. enjoyment - prieks -
14. fast - âtri -
15. to cheer - sveicinât -
16. to be wrong - nebût kârtîbâ -
17. to stretch - izvilkt -
18. space - tukðums -
19. to fall off - nokrist -
20. to suggest - piedâvât -
21. to lose - zaudçt -
22. to look suspicious - izskatîties pçc tâda, kas neuzticas -
23. to promise - solît -
24. to look for - meklçt -
25. to bring - atvest, atnest -
26. tender - maigs -
27. to control one's feelings - neizrâdît savas jûtas -
28. to admit frankly - vaïsirdîgi atzîties -
II Answer the questions.
1. When did Harris make much trouble for himself?
2. What words did Mrs. Harris take for "Jump off?
3. Why did Harris pedal away, when his wife jumped off?
4. Why didn't his wife shout to him?
5. How did he continue his ride?
6. How soon did he understand that there was something wrong?
7. How did Harris look for his wife?
8. Why did the police look suspicious?
9. Why wasn't the meeting of Harris with his wife tender?
10. What great difficulty did Mrs. Harris always have?
11. Did Mrs. Harris try to hide her feelings?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
H. Sit tight, honey!
W. Jump off?
H. Sit tight, the road is stony.
W. It must be hard to pedal up the hill.
H. Don't be afraid, dear!
H. Now we'll go still faster. It's down die hill.
H. Look at this flower bed, I'll plant the same for you, my love.
H. Wonderful, isn't it?
H. There are so many people to look at us, I wonder, why?
H. Oh, where are you, honey?
H. Hello! Excuse me please! Didn't you see a young beautiful woman here on the road, some time ago?
M. No, there was nobody here at all.
M. You should ride to the police station at the next town.
M. Sure. They'll help you, if you lost your wife.
H. Excuse me, captain. But my wife has disappeared.
C. Will you please write down the description of your wife. And also don't forget to give details of when and where you lost her.
H. But I've no idea of where and when it could be.
C. How can it be? You rode together and didn't notice how your wife disappeared!
H. Strange as it is, but nothing doing.
C. O.K. We'll try to investigate the case.
H. Thank you, captain.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. Sit tight, honey, jump off, stony, to pedal, to be afraid, to go still faster, a flower bed, to plant, the same, my love, I wonder.
2. Excuse me, please, you should ride, on the road, some time ago, sure, to lose, to disappear, description, to give details, I' ve no idea, to notice, strange as it is, to investigate the case.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. Harris made much trouble for himself one summer.
2. Harris's wife sat on the tandem behind him.
3. He told her to sit tight, but she thought he said "Jump off".
4. The wife was sure Harris would return from the top of the hill.
5. Harris was sure that his wife was still sitting and riding with him.
6. Harris began to feel that something was wrong.
7. He had no idea where and when he lost his wife.
8. The police looked suspicious.
9. The meeting of Harris with his wife was not a tender one.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Harris and his wife were cycling through Holland one summer.
2. Harris said "Sit tight!", but his wife thought "Jump off".
3. Harris pedalled away thinking she was still behind him.
4. He continued his ride with much enjoyment.
5. He talked to what he thought was his wife.
6. Old people stood and looked at Harris, the children cheered him.
7. Stretching out his hand behind him he felt that there was no wife there.
8. He asked people on the road if they had seen his wife.
9. He rode to the police station at the next town.
10. Harris couldn't say where and when he lost his wife.
11. The police looked suspicious.
12. The meeting of Harris with his wife was not a tender one.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Why did Mrs. Harris misunderstand her husband?
2. Why did Harris continue his ride with much enjoyment?
3. What did he say to what he thought was his wife?
4. Reproduce the talk of Harris and his wife when the police brought her to him in the evening.
5. What do you know about Harris?
6. What did you learn about Mrs. Harris?
7. Describe the part of the country they were cycling through.
8. Do you like to cycle?
9. Would you like to travel by bicycle?
10. What are the advantages of travelling by bicycle?
11. What are bad points in travelling by bicycle?
12. What are the best means of travelling?