Put the sentences in the right order. 1)They were both daughters; one a beautiful creature of nineteen, and the other a child of two or three years old



1)They were both daughters; one a beautiful creature of nineteen, and the other a child of two or three years old.

2) Soon the wife forgot the young husband ten years her junior.

3) Edward's father got acquainted with a retired naval officer, whose wife died and left him with two children.

4) Indifference gave place to dislike, dislike to hate, and hate to loathing, until at last they were separated.

5) The two men became friends, and the oldest daughter and Edward's father fell in love with each other.

6) The marriage of Edward's parents was unhappy.

Agree or disagree.

1)Edward Leeford's father went to Rome and fell in love with a beautiful girl there.

2) The moment the information reached Edward's mother, she went to Rome and carried Edward with her.

3) Edward's father died, leaving his affairs in great confusion, so that the whole his property fell to Edward's mother and Edward.

4) Edward's father destroyed his will on the day he died.

5) Mr. Brownlow wanted Monks to carry the provisions of the will into execution so far as Oliver was concerned.

 

 

4 Fill in prepositions: at, from, into, to, of, with, before, by, in.

1) He told me that he was going to convert his whole property ______ money, give a portion of it ______ your mother and you.

2) When he was rescued ______ me, then, and lay recovering ______ sickness ______ my house, his strong resemblance ______ this picture I have spoken ______, struck me ______ astonishment.

3) Those proofs were destroyed ______ you, and now, ______ your own words ______ your accomplice "the only proofs ______the boy's identity lie ______ the bottom of the river."

4) Will you sign a statement ______truth and facts, and repeat it ______ witnesses?

5) Spies are looking______ him ______ every direction.

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

1)'A word from me, and the alternative has (go) for ever,' (say) the old gentleman.

2) 'Have you (make) up your mind?' (ask) Mr. Brownlow.

3) He (come) to me, and (leave) with me, among some other things, a picture of this poor girl, whom he (can) not carry on his hasty journey.

4) 'But within the last fortnight I have (learn) it all,' (reply) Mr. Brownlow.

5) 'Edward Leeford, you (be) an unworthy son, a coward, a liar!' (cry) the gentleman. 'Shadows on the wall have (catch) your whispers.'

Complete the sentences.

1) Edward's father knelt with Mr. Brownlow beside …

2) Mr. Brownlow was going to treat Monks gently because …

3) Mr. Brownlow's friend was going to convert his whole property into money and then …

4) The existed proofs of Oliver's birth and parentage were …

5) Mr. Brownlow asked Mr. Losberne to …

What do you think?

1)Do you think that Mr. Brownlow was right when he called Monks an unworthy son, a coward, a liar? Why?

2) Why did Mr. Brownlow go to the West Indies?

3) Why did Edward's mother destroy the will?

4) Why do you think Monks agreed to disclose all his secrets and sign the papers?

 

CHAPTER 21

 

The End

 

Fagin and some of his boys were taken at dinner time. That very day the police found Sikes's hiding place. The murderer took a long rope and climbed out onto the roof. He was going to lower himself down to the ground at the back of the house. In a minute he fastened one end of the rope tightly and firmly round a chimney, and with the other made a strong running noose. But at the very instant, when he brought the rope over his head to slip it beneath his arm-pits, he lost his balance and tumbled over the parapet. The noose was on his neck. He fell down thirty five feet. There was a sudden jerk, a terrific convulsion; and there he hung. The murderer swung lifeless against the wall.

Mr. Losberne, followed by Mr. Brownlow and Monks, entered the room. Monks cast a look of hate at the boy and sat down near the door. Mr. Brownlow, who had papers in his hand, walked to a table near which Rose and Oliver were sitting.

'This is a painful task,' said Mr. Brownlow, addressing Monks, 'but we must hear the truth from your own lips before we part, and you know why. This child,' said Mr. Brownlow, drawing Oliver to him, and laying his hand upon his head, 'is your half-brother; the son of your father, my dear friend Edwin Leeford, and poor young Agnes Fleming, who died in giving him birth.'

'Listen then! You!' returned Monks. 'His father fell ill in Rome. He was joined by his wife, my mother. She took me with her. He knew nothing of us, for his senses were gone, and the next day he died. Among the papers in his desk there was his will.'

Monks paused.

'All his property,' said Mr. Brownlow, speaking for him, 'he divided into two equal portions — one for Agnes Fleming, and the other for their child, if it should be born alive, and ever come of age. A girl could inheritthe money unconditionally; but for a boy there was a condition. He could not get his share if he stained his name with any public act of dishonour. In this case the money was to come to you.'

'My mother,' said Monks, in a louder tone, 'burnt this will.'

There was a short silence here, until Monks spoke again.

'My mother died years after this,' he said. 'On her death-bed she told me she thought that the girl was alive and the child, too. She believed that it was a male child and he was alive. I swore to her, if ever he crossed my path, to hunt him down with all the hatred I felt. She was right. He came in my way at last. And I began well!'

'The locket and ring?' said Mr. Brownlow, turning to Monks.

'I bought them from the man and woman I told you of, who stole them from the nurse, who stole them from the corpse,' answered Monks without raising his eyes. 'You know what became of them.'

Mr. Grimwig went out and returned in a moment, pushing in Mrs. Bumble and her husband.

'Oh, is that little Oliver?' cried Mr. Bumble with false enthusiasm, 'Oh, my dear Oliver, how glad I am to —'

'Hold your tongue, fool,' murmured Mrs. Bumble.

'Come, sir,' said Mr. Grimwig, 'suppress your feelings.'

'I will, sir,' replied Mr. Bumble. 'How do you do, sir? I hope you are very well.' This salutation was addressed to Mr. Brownlow, who was within a short distance of the couple. He inquired, as he pointed to Monks, 'Do you know that person?'

'No,' replied Mrs. Bumble flatly.

'Do you know him?' said Mr. Brownlow, addressing her spouse.

'Inever saw him in all my life,' said Mr. Bumble.

'Nor sold him anything, perhaps?'

'No,' replied Mrs. Bumble.

'You never had, perhaps, a certain gold locket and ring?' said Mr. Brownlow.

'Certainly not,' replied Mrs. Bumble. 'Why are we brought here to answer to such nonsense as this?'

Again Mr. Grimwig went out. This time he returned with two very old women.

'You shut the door the night old Sally died,' said one of them, raising her shrivelled hand, 'but you couldn't shut out the sound.'

'No, no,' said the other. 'No, no, no.'

'We heard what she was saying to you, and saw you take a paper from her hand. And the next day you went to the pawnbroker'sshop,' said the first.

'Yes,' added the second, 'and it was a locket and gold ring. We found out that. We were by. Oh! We were by.'

'Would you like to see the pawnbroker himself?' asked Mr. Brownlow with a motion towards the door.

'No,' replied the woman. 'You are right. I sold those things to this man. And now they're where you'll never get them. What then?'

'Nothing,' replied Mr. Brownlow, 'except that it remains for us to take care that neither of you is employed in a situation of trust again. You may leave the room.'

'I hope,' said Mr. Bumble, 'I hope that this unfortunate little circumstance will not deprive me of my porochial office?'

'Indeed it will,' replied Mr. Brownlow.

Mr. Bumble fixed his hat on very tight, and putting his hands in his pockets, followed his wife downstairs.

'Young lady,' said Mr. Brownlow, turning to Rose, 'give me your hand. Do not tremble. You need not fear to hear the few remaining words we have to say.'

'Do you know this young lady?' said Mr. Brownlow to Monks.

'Yes,' replied Monks.

'I never saw you before,' said Rose faintly.

'I have seen you often,' returned Monks.

'The father of the unhappy Agnes had two daughters,' said Mr. Brownlow. 'What was the fate of the other — the child?'

'My mother found her, after a year of cunning search she found the child. The child was taken by some poor people. My mother didn't quite rely, however, on their poverty and the child's unhappiness. So, changing all the details, she told them of her sister's shame, she said that the child came of bad blood, and that she would go wrong at one time or another. And the people believed her words. But then a widow lady saw the girl by chance, pitied her, and took her home.'

'Go on,' said Mr. Brownlow, signing to Mrs. Maylie to approach. 'Go on!'

'In spite of all our efforts she remained there and was happy. I lost sight of her, two or three years ago, and saw her no more until a few months back.'

'Do you see her now?' said Mr. Brownlow.

'Yes. Here she is,' said Monks, pointing to Rose.

'I would not lose her now, for all the treasures of the world,' cried Mrs. Maylie, folding the fainting girl in her arms. 'My dearest child, my sweet companion, my own dear girl! Come, come, my love, remember who this is, who waits to clasp you in his arms, poor child! See here — look, look, my dear,' said Mrs. Maylie, embracing her tenderly.

'Not aunt!' cried Oliver, throwing his arms about Rose's neck; 'I'll never call you aunt! Sister, my own dear sister. Rose, dear, darling Rose!'

Joy and grief were mingled in the cup that evening; but there were no bitter tears.

Monks signed all the papers. The remaining property was equally divided between Monks and Oliver. According to his father's will Oliver was to get all; but Mr. Brownlow and Oliver decided to give Monks a chance to alter. Alas! He once more fell into his old courses and consequently died in prison.

Fagin was tried in court, the jury found him guilty, and for all his crimes he was sent to the gallows.

Mr. Bumble was deprived of his position. Finally he and his wife became paupers in that very same workhouse.

Charley Bates arrived at the conclusionthat an honest life was the best. He turned his back upon the scenes of the past. He struggled hard and suffered much for some time, but he succeeded in the end and became the merriest young herdsmanin all Northamptonshire.

Mr. Brownlow adopted Oliver as his son, removing with the old housekeeper and Oliver to a house in the country, where his dear friends lived. Mr. Brownlow went on, from day to day, filling the mind of his adopted child with stores of knowledge, and becoming attached to him, more and more. And they were truly happy.

 

Helpful Words & Notes

noosen — петля

foot (feet)n — фут; мера длины, составляет одну треть ярда = 30,48 см

inheritv — наследовать

spousen — супруг, супруга

pawnbrokern — ростовщик, ссужающий деньги под залог

I hope that this unfortunate little circumstance will not deprive me of my porochial office?— Надеюсь, это небольшое печальное обстоятельство не лишит меня моей должности в приходе?

arrive at the conclusion— приходить к заключению

herdsmann — скотовод

Northamptonshire— Нортгемптоншир; графство в центральной части Англии

 

Activities

Answer the questions.

1)Why did Sikes climb out onto the roof and what happened then?

2) Who was there in the room?

3) What were the provisions of Edwin Leeford's will?

4) What did Edward's mother do with the will?

5) What did Edward's mother tell her son on her death-bed?

6) What did the two old women say?

7) How did it happen that Oliver met his aunt that evening?

8) How was the remaining property divided?

9) What kind of chance did Mr. Brownlow and Oliver give to Monks? How did he use this chance?

10) What happened finally to Fagin?

11) What did Mr. Bumble and his spouse become?

12) At what conclusion did Charley Bates arrive?

13) Who adopted Oliver?


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