Read the story and get a general idea.
Mr. Brown got to a hotel late in the evening after a long journey. He asked the hall-porter whether there were any vacant rooms in the hotel. At the moment another traveller came to the hotel and asked the hall- porter for a room, too. The only vacant room was a double room, that is, a room with two beds in it.
"Do you mind if you spend the night in that room together?" the hall-porter asked. "It'll be less expensive for you, you'll each pay half."
At first the travellers didn't like the idea, but just then it began raining bard, and they were too tired to go to another hotel, so they changed their minds. They spoke to each other and then told the porter that they agreed to spend the night in die same room. Their things were carried in, and soon the two men went to sleep to the accompaniment of the rain. Suddenly Mr. Brown was woken up by a loud noise. It was quite dark.
"What's the matter?" Mr. Brown asked in surprise. "Is anything the matter?"
In a weak voice the second traveller answered, "I'm sorry, but I had to wake you up. I've got asthma. I feel very bad. In addition I've got a terrible headache. If you don't want me to die, open the window quickly."
Mr. Brown jumped out of bed and began looking for his matches, but he couldn't find them in the dark, and the sick man went on moaning, "Air, air... I want fresh air. I'm dying."
Mr. Brown still couldn't find the matches, so he tried to find the window. It took him some time, and at last he thought he had found it. But he was unable to open it. As the voice of the traveller grew weaker and weaker, Mr. Brown in horror took a chair and broke the window with it. The sick man immediately stopped moaning and said that he was very grateful and felt much better now. Then the two of them slept peacefully until morning.
When they woke up next morning, they were surprised to see that the only window in the room was still closed, but the large looking-glass was broken to pieces.
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. a journey - ceïojums -
2. a hall-porter - portjç -
3. a vacant room - brîva istaba -
4. a hotel - viesnîca -
5. a traveller - ceïotâjs -
6. a double room - divvietîga istaba -
7. do you mind ... - vai tu neesi pret -
8. less expensive - lçtâk -
9. to pay half - samaksât pusi -
10. at first - sâkumâ -
11. it began raining hard - sâkâs stiprs lietus -
12. to change one's mind - pârdomât -
13. to agree - piekrist -
14. to wake up - modinât -
15. a loud noise - skaïð troksnis -
16. What's the matter? - kas noticis? -
17. in surprise - pârsteigumâ -
18. asthma - astma -
19. in addition - bez tam -
20. to die - nomirt -
21. to jump out of bed - izlekt no gultas -
22. matches - sçrkociòi -
23. in horror - ðausmâs -
24. to moan - vaidçt -
25. to grow weaker - kïût klusâkam -
26. to be grateful - bût pateicîgam -
27. a looking-glass - spogulis -
28. to break to pieces - salauzt gabalos -
II Answer the questions.
1. When did Mr. Brown get to a hotel?
2. Were there many vacant rooms in the hotel?
3. What did the hall-porter ask the men?
4. Why did the men agree to take a double room?
5. Why did Mr. Brown wake up at night?
6. What was the matter?
7. What did the man ask Mr. Brown to do?
8. Could Mr. Brown open the window?
9. Why did he hurry to open the window?
10. What did Mr. Brown do with the window?
11. Did it help the sick man?
12. What did Mr. Brown break?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
B. Do you have vacant rooms?
P. There is a single vacant room and it is a double room.
S. I'd like a room for the night too.
P. Will you please, gentlemen, share this double room, because we haven't got anything else tonight.
B. Perhaps it'll be not quite convenient.
P. Why? It'll be quite all right! Besides, it'll be less expensive for you, you'll each pay half.
B. So, what do you think of this, sir?
S. It's raining hard outside. I don't feel like going to any other place in this weather.
B. Settled then. Let's spend the night in that room together.
S. Nothing doing. Let's.
B. What's the matter? What is this noise about?
S. I'm sorry, but I had to wake you up.
B. What is wrong with you?
S. I've got asthma. I feel very bad. In addition I've got a terrible headache.
B. What can I do for you?
S. If you don't want me to die, open the window quickly.
B. Oh, but I can't find my matches.
S. Air, air, I want fresh air. I'm dying.
B. Yes, I've found the window, but I can't open it.
S. Break it, air, air!
B. O.K. I'll break it! There is nothing else to do. Are you better now?
S. Sure, thank you very much. I'm much better now, much better.
B. Then sleep quietly!
S. Thank you, my friend you've saved me.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. A vacant room, tonight, convenient, besides, less expensive, to play half, I don't feel like going to ..., settled, nothing doing.
2. What's the matter, to wake somebody up, to feel bad, a terrible headache, to die, fresh air, I'm dying, to break, to be better, to save.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. There was a single vacant room in the hotel.
2. It was raining.
3. The men had to pay less for their stay at the hotel than they could.
4. At first the travellers didn't like the idea of spending the night together in one room.
5. A loud noise woke up Mr. Brown at night.
6. Mr. Brown couldn't find the window.
7. He wanted to help the sick man very much.
8. The sick man asked Mr. Brown to help him.
9. He felt very bad.
10. Mr. Brown helped him.
11. The sick man had a strong power of imagination.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Mr. Brown came to a hotel after a long journey.
2. There came another man to ask for a room.
3. There was a single vacant room in the hotel.
4. The men agreed to spend the night in one room together.
5. Mr. Brown was woken up by a loud noise at night.
6. His roommate cried bitterly, he was ill.
7. He asked Mr. Brown to open the window.
8. Mr. Brown couldn't find his matches and couldn't find the only window in the room.
9. He broke the window.
10. The roommate got better and fell asleep peacefully.
11. In the morning the two men saw that the only window in the room was still closed, but the large looking-glass was broken to pieces.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Have you travelled a lot?
2. Is it convenient to share rooms with strange people?
3. Do you like to live in hotels?
4. Do you have a strong power of imagination?
5. Is it nice to have a strong power of imagination?
6. What do you like to imagine?