Read the story and get a general idea.
Once a rich merchant arranged dinner for poor people ex-soldiers. Mr. Lebeau was among the guests. After dinner Grandin, the host, showed his guests a large gold coin. Each man examined it with interest as it passed around the long table. However, talking and drinking the men soon forgot all about the coin. Later on the guests were about to leave house. Grandin thought of the coin and asked for it. But the coin was gone. The village lawyer being one of the guests suggested that everybody should be searched. All agreed at once but Lebeau. His friends looked at him with surprise. "I cannot allow it," he said. "I did not steal the coin. I will not allow anybody to search me," he repeated. One by one the rest turned out their pockets but the coin was not found. Lebeau would not turn out his pockets though his friends were persuading him to. It seemed suspicious to everybody. From that day on nobody respected Lebeau.
A few years passed. When this episode had become almost legendary, Grandin decided to rebuild his house. A workman found the gold coin between two planks of the floor of the room in which the dinner had taken place.
Grandin hurried to Lebeau's poor home and told him that he had found the coin and apologized for having suspected him. "But why did you not allow us to search you if you had not taken the coin?" he asked.
Lebeau answered: "Because I was a thief all the same. For weeks my family and I had not enough to eat and my pockets were full of food that I had taken from the table to carry home for my wife and hungry children."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. merchant - tirgonis -
2. to arrange - organizçt -
3. a guest - viesis -
4. a host - saimnieks -
5. a coin - monçta -
6. to pass around - dot pa apli -
7. however - neskatoties uz to -
8. to drink (drank) - dzert -
9. to forget (forgot) - aizmirst -
10. to be about to do smth - gatavoties kaut ko darît -
11. to leave (left) - atstât -
12. to think (thought) - domât -
13. to be gone - bût pazaudçtam -
14. a lawyer - jurists -
15. to suggest - ierosinât -
16. to search - pârmeklçt -
17. at once - uzreiz -
18. to agree - piekrist -
19. with surprise - ar izbrînu -
20. to allow - atïaut -
21. to steal (stole) - nozagt -
22. one by one - viens pçc otra -
23. to turn out - izgriezt (kabatas) -
24. to persuade - pârliecinât -
25. suspicious - aizdomîgs -
26. to respect - cienît -
27. to rebuild - pârbûvçt -
28. a plank - dçlis -
29. to apologize - atvainoties -
30. to suspect - turçt aizdomâs -
31. a thief - zaglis -
32. all the same - vienalga -
33. enough - diezgan, pietiekoði -
34. hungry - izsalcis -
II Answer the questions.
1. What dinner did a rich merchant arrange once?
2. What did the host show to the people after dinner?
3. What happened to the coin?
4. Did all the guests agree to be searched?
5. When was the coin found?
6. Where did Grandin hurry when he found coin?
7. Why didn't Lebeau allow to be searched?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
P.M. Hello, Mr. Grandin!
G. Hello, my dear people! Come in! You are my guests today.
P.M. Thank you very much!
P.M. It is very kind of you!
P.M. It is so nice of you to invite us.
G. Take your seats and feel free and enjoy yourselves.
P.M. Thank you, we feel very comfortable here.
G. Look at this gold coin! It is our family treasure.
P.M. How beautiful it is!
P.M. And how large!
P.M. Pass it to me to have a close look.
G. Here it is. Pass it around, so that everybody can see it. (in some time)
G. Will you return me the coin, please?
P.M. But where is it? I don't have it.
P.M. I don't know where it is.
P.M. It must be lost somewhere.
G. Such a pity! I'm sorry but, I'll have to search you, my dear people!
L. I haven't stolen the coin. So I don't want to be searched.
G. All right. There is no coin. Nothing doing!
G. Hello, Lebeau! You know I have very good news!
L. Yes? What is it?
G. I decided to rebuild my house and found the gold coin between two planks of the floor.
L. Really? I'm glad to hear it.
G. Lebeau, but why did you not allow us to search you then. You were not a thief.
L. No. I'm sorry to say, I was a thief all the same.
G. How could it be?
L. For weeks my family and I had not enough to eat and my pockets were full of food that I had taken from the table. I wanted to cany it home for my wife and hungry children.
G. I am very sorry! Excuse me, please!
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. A guest, it's very kind of you, to invite, to feel free, to enjoy, to feel comfortable, a family treasure, how large, to have a close look, to return, it must be lost, to search, all right, nothing doing.
2. Very good news, to rebuild, between two planks, I am glad to hear it, to allow to search, I'm sorry, a thief, enough to eat, a pocket, full of food, to carry, hungry, I am very sorry.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. The merchant was rich.
2. He was kind.
3. He wanted not only to feed the poor people but also entertain them.
4. The coin was beautiful.
5. The coin was lost.
6. Not everybody was searched.
7. Lebeau didn't steal the coin.
8. Lebeau was a thief all the same.
9. His family suffered from hunger.
10. Lebeau loved his family.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Grandin was a rich and kind man.
2. He loved people.
3. A large gold coin was lost at dinner.
4. Lebeau didn't allow to be searched.
5. The coin was found later on.
6. Lebeau's family suffered from hunger.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. How did you like the merchant?
2. What else could be done in the situation?
3. What would you do in the same situation?
4. Do you approve of Lebeau's deed?
5. Would you like to be searched?
6. Did you like the story? Why?
7. Continue the story.
8. Change the end of the story.
9. Give another title to the story.