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



1)Mr. Brownlow bought a new suit, and a new cap, and a new pair of shoes for Oliver.

2) Mr. Grimwig was dressed in a green coat, striped waistcoat, and a broad-brimmed white hat, with the sides turned down.

3) Oliver gave his old clothes to a servant and asked her to give them to her son.

4) Mr. Brownlow asked Oliver to keep ten shillings change.

5) Deep in his heart Mr. Grimwig liked Oliver's appearance very much, but he had a strong appetite for contradiction, and he just wanted to oppose his friend.

4 Fill in prepositions: under, at, of, in, upon, to, into, on, from.

1) When Oliver came down ______ the housekeeper's room next day, first ______ all, he wanted to look ______ the portrait ______ the beautiful lady.

2) Don't send me back ______ the wretched place I came ______. Have mercy ______ a poor boy, sir!

3) ______ this moment Mrs. Bedwin brought ______ a small parcel ______ books.

4) The boy has a new suit ____ clothes ____ his back, a set ______ valuable books ____ his arm, and a five-pound note ____ his pocket.

Put the verbs, given in brackets, in the right tense form.

1)Why have they (take) it away?

2) He has (have) a fever.

3) In the middle of their conversation the servant (run) upstairs and (announce) Mr. Grimwig.

4) Deep in his heart Mr. Grimwig (like) Oliver's appearance very much, but he (have) a strong appetite for contradiction.

5) You are to say that you have (bring) those books back and that you have (come) to pay the four pound ten Iowe him.

Complete the sentences.

1) Mrs. Bedwin said that they took the picture away because …

2) When Oliver saw that the man put his old clothes in his bag and walked away, he was delighted because …

3) Oliver was alarmed because …

4) Mrs. Bedwin followed Oliver to the street-door because …

5) Mr. Grimwig was sure that Oliver would not come to Mr. Brownlow the next day because …

What do you think?

1)Why did Mr. Brownlow ask Oliver to take books back to the bookstall-keeper?

2) Do you think that Mr. Grimwig didn't like Oliver? Why did he say bad things about the boy?

3) Why did Oliver want to take the books to the bookstall-keeper so much?

4) Why did Mr. Grimwig think that Oliver would not come back?

CHAPTER 8

 

Oliver Puts On His Old Clothes Again

 

Oliver Twist marched on, as quickly as he could, with the books under his arm. He was walking along, thinking how happy he was, when he was startled by a young woman screaming out very loud. 'Oh, my dear brother!' And she threw her arms tight round his neck.

'Let me go!' cried Oliver, struggling. 'Who are you?'

The only reply to this was a great number of loud words from the young woman, who was embracing him, and who had a little basket in her hand.

'Oh, my dear little brother!' said the young woman, 'I have found him! Oh! Oliver! Oliver! Oh you naughty boy! Come home, dear, come. Oh, I've found him!' With these exclamations, the young woman burst into another fit of crying, and got so dreadfully hysterical, that a couple of women who came up at the moment asked a butcher's boy whether he didn't think he had better run for the doctor.

'Oh, no, no, never mind,' said the young woman, grasping Oliver's hand; 'I'm better now. He ran away, near a month ago, from his parents, who are hard-working and respectable people. He almost broke his mother's heart.'

'Young wretch!' said one woman.

'I am not,' replied Oliver, greatly alarmed. 'I don't know her. I haven't any sister, or father and mother either. I'm an orphan; I live at Pentonville.'

'Go home, you little brute,'said the other.

'Why, it's Nancy!' exclaimed Oliver; who now saw her face for the first time.

'You see, he knows me!' cried Nancy, appealing to the bystanders.'Make him come home, or he'll kill his dear mother and father, and break my heart!'

'What's going on?' said a man, bursting out of a beer-shop, with a white dog at his heels; 'young Oliver! Come home to your poor mother, you young dog! Come home directly.'

'I don't know them. Help! Help!' cried Oliver, struggling in the man's powerful hands.

'Help!' repeated the man. 'Yes; I'll help you! What books are these? You've stolen them! Give them here.' With these words, the man torethe volumes from Oliver's hands, and struck him on the head.

'That's right!' cried one of the women. 'That's the only way of bringing him to his senses!'

'It'll do him good!' said the other.

'Oh, yes, it'll do him good!' said the man, giving another blow and seizing Oliver by the collar. 'Come on, you young villain! Here, Bull's-eye,mind him, boy! Mind him!'

Weak with recent illness; stupefied by the blows and the suddenness of the attack; terrified by the fierce growling of the dog, and the brutality of the man; overpowered by the convictionof the bystanders that he really was the hardened little wretch; what could one poor child do! Darkness had set in; no help was near. Oliver saw that resistancewould be of no use.

The gas-lamps were lighted; Mrs. Bedwin was waiting anxiously at the open door. The servant ran up the street twenty times to see if there were any traces of Oliver. And still the two old gentlemen sat in the dark parlour, with the watch between them.

Turning to Oliver, Sikes roughly commanded him to take hold of Nancy's hand.

'Do you hear?' growled Sikes, as Oliver hesitated, and looked round.

They were in a dark corner, quite out of the track of passengers.

The boy held out his hand, which Nancy clasped tight in hers.

'Give me the other,' said Sikes, seizing Oliver's unoccupied hand. 'Here, Bull's-eye!'

The dog looked up, and growled.

'See here, boy!' said Sikes, putting his other hand to Oliver's throat; 'if he utters a word, hold him!'

Bull's-eye growled again and, licking his lips, eyed Oliver attentively.

The night was dark and foggy. The heavy mist thickened every moment. They walked on. At length they turned into a very filthynarrow street full of old-clothes shops.The dog stopped before the door of a shop that was closed. 'All right,' cried Sikes, glancing cautiously about. Oliver heard the sound of a bell. They crossed to the opposite side of the street, and stood for a few moments under a lamp. A noise was heard, and soon afterwards the door softly opened. Bill Sikes seized the terrified boy by the collar, and all three were quickly inside the house.

'Anybody here?' inquired Sikes.

'No,' replied a voice, which seemed familiar to Oliver. The footsteps of the speaker were heard; and, in another minute, the form of Mr. John Dawkins, otherwise the Artful Dodger, appeared. He had a candle in his right hand.

The Dodger did not stop to show any other mark of recognition upon Oliver than a humourous grin. They crossed an empty kitchen; and, opening the door of a low earthy-smelling room, were received with a shout of laughter.

'Oh, here he is!' cried Master Charles Bates. 'Oh, here he is! Oh, Fagin, look at him! Fagin, do look at him! I can't bear it. I can't bear it. Hold me, somebody, while I laugh it out.'

With these words Charley Bates laid himself flat on the floor and kicked convulsively for five minutes.

Then he jumped to his feet and viewed Oliver round and round. 'Delighted to see you looking so well, my dear,' said Fagin, taking off his nightcap, and made a great number of low bows to the bewildered boy.

'The Artful Dodger will give you another suit, my dear, for fear you can spoil that Sunday one. Why didn't you write, my dear, and say you were coming?'

At this, Charley Bates roared again so loud, that even the Dodger smiled. At that instant the Artful drew out the five-pound note from Oliver's pocket.

'Hallo, what's that?' inquired Sikes, stepping forward as the old man seized the note. 'That's mine, Fagin.'

'No, no, my dear, this is not fair,Bill,' said the old man. 'Mine, Bill, mine. You have the books.'

'Fair, or not fair,' retorted Sikes, 'hand over, I tell you! Do you think Nancy and me have got nothing else to do with our precious time but to spend it in scouting and kidnapping? Give it here, you old skeleton, give it here!' With this Sikes plucked the note from between the old man's finger and thumb; and, looking the old man coolly in the face, folded it up small, and tied it in his neckerchief.

'That's for our share of the trouble,' said Sikes; 'You may keep the books, if you're fond of reading. If you are not, sell them.'

'They belong to the old gentleman,' said Oliver; 'to the good, kind, old gentleman who took me into his house, and nursed, when I was dying of the fever. Oh, send them back; send him back the books and money. Keep me here all my life long; but please, please send them back. He'll think I stole them; the old lady: all of them who were so kind to me. They all will think I stole them. Oh, do have mercy upon me, and send them back!'

With these words, which were uttered with all the energy of passionate grief, Oliver fell upon his knees at Fagin's feet.

'The boy's right,' remarked Fagin. 'You're right, Oliver, you're right; they will think you have stolen them. Ha! Ha!' chuckled the old man, rubbing his hands.

Oliver jumped suddenly to his feet, and rushed wildly out of the room: uttering shrieks for help, which made the bare old house echo to the roof.

'Keep back the dog, Bill!' cried Nancy, springing before the door, and closing it. 'Keep back the dog; he'll tear the boy to pieces.'

'It'll serve him right!' cried Sikes. 'Stand off from me, or I'll split your head against the wall.'

'I don't care for that, Bill, I don't care for that,' screamed the girl, struggling violently with the man, 'the child won't be torn to pieces by the dog, unless you kill me first.'

'He won't! I'll soon do that, if you don't keep off.' Sikes pushed the girl from him to the further end of the room, just as Fagin and the two boys returned, dragging Oliver among them.

'What's the matter here!' said Fagin, looking round.

'The girl's gone mad, I think,' replied Sikes, savagely.

'No, she hasn't,' said Nancy, pale and breathless; 'no, she hasn't, Fagin!'

'Then keep quiet, will you?' said the old man with a threatening look.

'So you wanted to get away, my dear, did you?' said Fagin quickly. 'Wanted to get assistance; called for the police; did you?' sneered the old man, catching the boy by the arm. 'We'll cure you of that,my dear,' said Fagin and gave a smart blow on Oliver's shoulders with his club.He was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand. She flung it into the fire, with a force that brought some of the glowing coals whirling out into the room.

'I won't stand by and see it, Fagin,' cried the girl. 'You've got the boy, haven't you?'

The girlstamped her foot violently on the floor and with her lips compressed, and her hands clenched, looked at the old man and the other robber. Her face was quite colourless from the passion of rage.

'Why, Nancy!' said Fagin in a soothing tone. 'Ha! Ha! My dear, you are acting beautifully.'

'Am I?' said the girl. 'Take care I don't overdo it.'

'What do you mean by this?' said Sikes; 'What do you mean by it? Do you know who you are, and what you are?'

'Oh, yes, I know all about it,' replied the girl, laughing hysterically and shaking her head from side to side.

'Well, then, keep quiet,' uttered Sikes, with a growl like that he was accustomed to use when addressing his dog, 'or I'll quiet you for a good long time.'

'Come, come, Sikes,' said the old man. 'We must have civil words; civil words, Bill.'

'Civil words!' cried the girl, whose passion was frightful to see. 'Civil words, you villain! I stole for you when I was a child not half as old as this!' said Nancy, pointing to Oliver.

'Well, well,' replied Fagin; 'and, if you have, it's your living!'

'It is!' returned the girl; not speaking, but pouring out the words in one continuous scream. 'It is my living; and the cold, wet, dirty streets are my home; and you're the wretch that drove me to them long ago, and that'll keep me there, day and night, day and night, till I die!'

The girl said nothing more.

'I suppose he'd better not wear his best clothes tomorrow. Am I right, Fagin?' inquired Charley Bates.

'Certainly not,' replied Fagin.

Charley led Oliver into the kitchen, where there were two or three of the beds; and here, with many uncontrollable bursts of laughter, he gave Oliver his old clothes. It turned out that the man, who bought them, accidentally showed them to Fagin. And that was the clue to Oliver's whereabouts.

Oliver unwillingly put on his old clothes, and Charley Bates, rolling up the new clothes under his arm, went out of the room, leaving Oliver in the dark, and locking the door behind him.

Poor Oliver was sick and weary; and he soon fell asleep.

 

Helpful Words & Notes

bruten — грубиян, жестокий человек

appealing to the bystanders— взывая к стоящим рядом

tearv (tore, torn)— рвать

Bull's-eye— кличка собаки (букв, бычий глаз)

convictionn — убежденность, твердая вера

resistancen — сопротивление

filthyadj — отвратительный, мерзкий

old-clothes shop— магазин старьёвщика

fairadj — справедливый

We'll cure you of that— Мы тебя от этого вылечим

clubn — дубинка

Take care I don't overdo it.— Берегитесь, как бы я не переиграла.

whereaboutsn — местонахождение

 

 

Activities

Answer the questions.

1)What was Oliver startled by?

2) What did the young woman do and say?

3) What did Oliver try to do?

4) Did the bystanders help Oliver?

5) Who was the young girl?

6) What did Bill Sikes do?

7) What did Sikes order Bull's-eye to do?

8) Whom did Oliver meet inside the house and how did they greet the boy?

9) What did Nancy do when Oliver rushed out of the room?

10) How did Fagin try 'to cure' Oliver?

11) How did it happen that Oliver got his old clothes again?


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