Say whether the statement is true or false. If it is false, give the right variant



OLIVER TWIST

 

CHAPTER 1

 

In the Workhouse

 

Oliver Twist was born in a workhouse.His mother was found lying in the street. Nobody knew where she came from, what her name was or where she was going to. After she gave birth to her child she was very weak, she was dying.

'Doctor, let me see my child, and die,' said the woman. She rose from the pillow, kissed her boy's forehead with her cold white lips and died.

It was Mr. Bumble, the beadle, the man in charge of the workhouse, who gave Oliver his name. When Oliver was ten months old, they sent him to a branch-workhouse where he was brought up by the elderly Mrs. Mann with other twenty or thirty children. They did not have enough food and they were badly clothed. Of course Mrs. Mann got some money from the parish authoritiesand she knew what was good for the children but much better she knew what was good for her, so she used the greater part of the money for her own needs.

Oliver Twist's ninth birthday found him a pale thin child. Soon Mr. Bumble came to take him back to the workhouse where Oliver could be taught a trade. And for the first time a sense of loneliness sank into the child's heart because he was leaving his friends behind.

Mr. Bumble took Oliver into a large white-washed room, where eight or ten fat gentlemen were sitting round a table. At the top of the table was a particularly fat gentleman with a very round, red face.

'What's your name, boy?' said the gentleman.

Oliver was frightened at the sight of so many gentlemen, which made him tremble and he began to cry.

'Boy,' said the gentleman, 'listen to me. You know you're an orphan, I suppose?'

'What's that, sir?' asked poor Oliver.

'The boy is a fool — I thought he was,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat.

'Hush!' said the gentleman who spoke first. 'You know you've got no father or mother, and that you were brought up by the parish, don't you?'

'Yes, sir,' replied Oliver, weeping bitterly.

'I hope you say your prayers every night,' said another gentleman, 'and pray for the people who feed you, and take care of you.'

'Yes, sir,' stammered the boy.

'Well! You have come here to be educated, and taught a useful trade,' said the red-faced gentleman. 'So you'll begin to-morrow morning at six o'clock.'

The life in the workhouse was full of misery. Oliver Twist and his companions were always hungry because all the boys were ever fed was gruel. Their bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with their spoons till they shone again. One day Oliver was so desperate with hunger that he came up to the master, his bowl and spoon in hand, and said:

'Please, sir, I want some more.'

The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. First he looked at Oliver in stupefied astonishment,and then he struck the boy on the head and shrieked for Mr. Bumble. Mr. Bumble locked Oliver in a small dark room, where the boy was crying all day long.

Next morning a note was pasted on the outside of the workhouse gate. Five pounds and Oliver Twist were offered to any man or woman who wanted an apprenticeto any trade.

 

Helpful Words & Notes

workhousen — работный дом в Англии; заведение, куда направлялись немощные бездомные люди

beadlen — бидл; младший приходской служащий, исполнявший различные обязанности, например, обеспечение порядка во время церковной службы или в работном доме

parish authorities— приходские власти

in stupefied astonishment— остолбенев от изумления

apprenticen — ученик, подмастерье

 

Activities

Answer the questions.

1) Where was Oliver born?

2) How did Oliver get his name?

3) Where was Oliver sent at the age of ten months?

4) Did Mrs. Mann take good care of the children?

5) What did Oliver look like at the age of nine?

6) Why did Mr. Bumble take Oliver back to the workhouse?

7) Whom did Oliver see in the big white-washed room?

8) What did the gentlemen ask Oliver about?

9) Why were the boys always hungry?

10) What did Oliver do one day?

11) What was the master's reaction to Oliver's words?

12) What did Mr. Bumble do?

Put the sentences in the right order.

1) Oliver Twist and his companions were always hungry because all the boys were ever fed was gruel.

2) Nobody knew where Oliver's mother came from or what her name was.

3) Mrs. Mann used most of the money for her own needs.

4) First he looked in stupefied astonishment at Oliver, and then he struck the boy on the head.

5) Soon Mr. Bumble came to take him back to the workhouse where Oliver could be taught a trade.

6) One day Oliver was so hungry that he asked the master for some more gruel.

7) When Oliver was ten moths old, they sent him to a branch-workhouse, where Oliver was brought up by the elderly Mrs. Mann with other twenty or thirty children.

8) The children did not have enough food and they were badly clothed.

Say whether the statement is true or false. If it is false, give the right variant.

1) Oliver's mother was a famous woman.

2) Oliver was given his name by his mother.

3) Mrs. Mann used the greater part of the money for the children.

4) Mr. Bumble took Oliver back to the workhouse where Oliver could be taught a trade.

5) The children's bowls always wanted washing.

4 Fill in prepositions: to, at, up, of, with, for, in.

1) It was Mr. Bumble, the man ______ charge ______ the workhouse, who gave Oliver his name.

2) I hope you pray ______ the people who take care ______ you.

3) You'll begin to-morrow morning ______ six o'clock.

4) When Oliver was ten months old, they sent him ______ a branch-workhouse where he was brought ______ by the elderly Mrs. Mann ______ other twenty or thirty children.


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