1 William Shakespeare
- He was also the best playwright[ˈpleɪraɪt], the best poet[ˈpəʊɪt], that ever lived in the England.
- Farmer Nash[næʃ] wasn’t at the market, and a few minutes
later we saw his angry red face above[əˈbʌv] the wall on the far
side of the field.
- John Shakespeare[ˈʃeɪkspɪə] was a glove[ɡlʌv]-maker,
and he had other business too, like buying and selling sheep.
- In the summer months companies[ˈkɔmpəniz] of players often came
to small towns, and in 1587 five different companies came. Will and I
always went to see the plays.
- His eyes were bright and excited. He was full of plans , and poem[ˈpəʊɪm]s , and a love of life
- Down the river was the Tower[ˈtaʊə(r)] of London. Enemies of
the Queen went into the Tower through the river gate, and mostly came
out without their heads.
- “Costume[kɒstjuːm]s,” I said,“And properties['prɒpətɪz]. I
had a talk with John Heminges, and he said they need a
new man to help with all the clothes and the other things.”
- I learnt[lɜːnt] how to make shoes out of brown paper. How to clean the actors’ hats with a bit of bread.
- We had rehearsal[rɪˈhɜːsl]s in the morning , and by lunch-time
people were already coming across the river to get their places for the
- “And the City Council[ˈkaʊnsl],” said another man, “wants to
close all the theatre[ˈθɪətə(r)]s. They always do that when the plague[pleɪɡ] comes to London. There’ll be no work for any of us
- But the players can go on tour[tʊə(r); tɔː(r)], surely?
- One day , when we were back in London, I was reading some of his
latest sonnet[ˈsɒnɪt]s. Will was out somewhere, and I was at home
in our lodging[ˈlɒdʒɪŋ]s in Bishopsgate.
- For I have sworn[swɔːn] thee[ðiː] fair, and
thought thee bright, Who art[ɑːt] as black as hell, as dark as
- But she liked the money, and the new house, and the new dresses——and
the six fields of apple trees and the big farm north of Stratford['strætfəd] that came a few years later.
- But I know he thought about his son a lot; his grief[ɡriːf]
was very deep inside him.
- Will put his pile[paɪl] of papers on the table and sat
- When we were in London, we often went in the evenings to the Mermaid[ˈmɜːmeɪd] Tavern in Cheapside
- You’re the first to shout if you haven’t got any money.
- Will was very friendly with the landlord[ˈlændlɔːd] John Davenant and his wife Jane.
- “Jane’s a nice-looking woman.”I looked at him out of the corner of
my eye. “Isn’t she?”
- Not marble[ˈmɑːbl], nor the gilded[ˈɡɪldɪd] monument[ˈmɒnjumənt]s of princes shall outlive[ˌaʊtˈlɪv] this powerful rhyme[raɪm]…
2 Grace Darling
- We build walls against the sea, and the sea washes them away. We
build ships to sail on the sea, and the sea breaks them in two, like a
child breaking a toy. When the sea wears its angry face, it is like a
wild animal - that wants only to kill.
- Daniel looked down at the big paddle[ˈpædl]
wheel on the side of the ship.
- Then he looked up at the black smoke which came from the Forfarshire’s funnel[ˈfʌnl].
- Grace put oil in the big lantern[ˈlæntən] in the middle of the
room, and William lit[lɪt] it. When the lantern was burning,
the big silver mirrors began to move slowly around it.
- The strom will wreck[rek] any ship that comes near them
- In the black night outside, the wind scream[skriːm]ed, and
the big waves crash[kræʃ]ed against the rocks, again and again
- In the boathouse, she helped her father tie the boat down to the
rock. They tied down the oar[ɔː(r)]s, too, so that nothing could
- The wind screamed and shook[ʃʊk] the glass.
- The oars were up, out of the water. For a second the boat began to
turn on its side, then the oars went down into the water and the boat
came down the side of the wave.
- The wind and waves were against them now , and the four men had to
3 The Piano
- He had a lot of straight[streɪt], silvery[ˈsɪlvəri]
hair. He looked just like his picture on the wall of the theatre[ˈθɪətə(r)].
- As he spoke, pictures came into my mind.I saw a little boy called Tony[ˈtəʊni] Evans['evənz], playing football with an old tin[tɪn].
- “I’ve never seen a real cow.”he said to himself. He watched them
moving very slowly through the long, green grass[ɡrɑːs].
- “What shall we do with the rubbish?”“Get rid of it”
- He saw brightly-coloured birds, flowers and leaves. They shone[ʃɒn] like stars in the dark, dirty building.
- He took the empty bottle and went into the school garden. There was
a tap[tæp] there and he turned it. No water came out.
- He looked at the little black note[nəʊt]s and the five thin
black lines on the pages of the book
- Two weeks to go before the competition[ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃn].
- The programme[ˈprəʊɡræm] was big and beautiful and
- He turned round and looked at the sea of faces.
4 The Murders in the Rue
- He took a close interest in the horrible murders in the Rue Morgue[mɔːɡ], because there were no answers
to the mystery.
- Why were the murders so brutal[ˈbruːtl]
- When morning came, we closed all the shutter[ˈʃʌtə(r)]s on our
windows, and in this half-light we spent the day reading, writing, or
talking, until the true darkness came.
- Then we went out into the streets, and walked for hours among the wild[waɪld] lights and shadows of the crowded city.
- He cannot write tragedy[ˈtrædʒədi], that’s true. He’s much
better at writing his funny piece[piːs]s for the
- It was, everybody in Paris agreed, a very bad book.
- He didn’t see you, and you had to jump out of his way.
- The famous Racine['rɑ'si:n], who wrote a play about Phaedra in 1677, was a better writter than Chantilly[ʃæn'tili] will ever be.
- In front of the fireplace on the floor was a razor[ˈreɪzə(r)],
with blood on it, and some long grey hair, with blood on the end.
- Also on the floor were three large silver spoons, and two bags,
which contained nealy four thounsand frances in gold.
- A small strong-box was found under the mattress[ˈmætrəs]. It
was open, with the key in the lock, and contained only a few old
- There were deep cuts on the face, and around the neck there were
dark bruise[bruːz]s and the marks of fingers.
- I have lived all my life in this quarter[ˈkwɔːtə(r)].
- One was a deep voice, the other high and shrill[ʃrɪl] – a
very strange voice.
- They can’t see the wood for the trees.
- Did you see anything peculiar[pɪˈkjuːliə(r)] in that house in the
- The police are puzzle[ˈpʌzl]d by all the questions which
they cannot answer.
- “I am now waiting,”he went on,“for a person who is probably not the
murderer himself, but who certainly knows something about the murders.
He will arrive here – in this room – at any moment”
- We can see all of the window on the left, you remember, but only the
top half of the window on the right, because the head of the bed is
pushed up next to the window.
- So I was sure there was a hidden spring[sprɪŋ] somewhere,
and after a while I found it.
- And you saw , didn’t you, the lightning[ˈlaɪtnɪŋ]-rod[rɒd] that went up the back wall of the building?
- The lightning-rod on the wall is less than two metres from the
window by the head of the bed.
- Then, a strong and agile[ˈædʒaɪl] – very agile – person could
take hold of the latticed shutter with both hands, push
his feet against the wall, and swing[swɪŋ] himself and the
shutter across the window.
- Remember what the room looked like – broken chairs and tables
everywhere, the mattress on the floor, nothing in its place.
- But even madmen do not have as peculiar a voice as the one heard on
- But I found this small piece of ribbon[ˈrɪbən] on the ground
at the bottom of the lightning-rod.
- He was a sailor, clearly – a tall, strong man, with a sunburnt['sʌnbɜːnt] face.
- On the ship home I always used a whip[wɪp] to keep the
animal quiet, so I went to find my whip now.
- The orang-outang took hold of Madame L’Espanaye by the hair, with the razor still in its other
hand. The daughter faint[feɪnt]ed at once, and lay still and
white on the floor. The old lady tried to get away, but the animal
pulled out handful[ˈhændfʊl]s of her hair.
- Just before the neighbours broke down the door of the room, the
orang-outang went out through the window, which dropped down behind
- He talked a lot about people who tried to do the job of the police
but who didn’t understand police work.
The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Cursoe
- For about ten or twelve days we sailed on south , down the coast[kəʊst] of Africa.
- Just then two big wild cats came down to the shore from the
mountains. I think they were leopard[ˈlepəd]s.
- The back of the ship was high out of the water, and I was very
thankful for this because all the ship’s food was there.
- But I knew that my island was somewhere off[ɒf] the coast
of South America.
- The roof of my cave fell in, and nearly killed me!
- But I wanted very much to make a harder, stronger pot[pɒt]
- a pot that would not break in a fire.
- From there I could see the other islands, and I could also see a
boat, far out to sea.
- I was a rich man now, but what use was money to me?
- He helped me with the goats and with the work in the cornfield[ˈkɔːnfiːld]s,and soon we were good friends.
- My two nephew[ˈnefjuː; ˈnevjuː]s came to live with me.
6 Alice’s Adventures in
- What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?
- But then the Rabbit took a watch out of its pocket, looked at it,
and hurried on.
- I’ve never before seen a rabbit with either a pocket, or a watch to
take out of it
- Alice['ælɪs] could not stop herself falling, and down she
- What nonsense[ˈnɒnsns] I’m talking!
- He was hurring down the long room, with some white gloves in one
hand and large fan[fæn] in the other hand.
- Then she saw a large mushroom[ˈmʌʃrʊm; ˈmʌʃruːm] near her. It was as
tall as she was. She walked across to look at it, and there , on top of
the mushroom, was a large caterpillar[ˈkætəpɪlə(r)], smoking a
- Alice felt a little cross[krɒs] and decided to walk
- For a while the Caterpillar smoked its pipe. Then it shook itself,
got down off the mushroom, and moved slowly away into the grass[ɡrɑːs].
- At last she broke off a piece in each hand from opposite sides of
- Alice brought up her right hand through the leaves and ate a little
from the other piece of mushroom.
- There was a very angry cook[kʊk] by the fire, and in the
middle of the room sat the Duchess, holding a screaming baby.
- There was also a large cat, which was sitting on a chair and grin[ɡrɪn]ing from ear to ear.
- The Queue has invited me to play croquet[ˈkrəʊkeɪ], and I must
go and get ready.
- “To the left,”the Cat said,“lives a Hatter[ˈhætə(r)]. And to
the right , lives a March Hare[heə(r)]. You can visit either of
them. They’re both mad”
- “Do you think,”she said politely[pəˈlaɪtli], “that you could
come and go more slowly?”,“All right,”said the Cat, And this time it vanish[ˈvænɪʃ]ed very slowly.
- Alice looked all round the table, but she could only see a teapot[ˈtiːpɒt].
- “The Queue!”said the second gardener suddenly, and at once, the
three gardeners lay down flat[flæt] on their faces.
- It was the strangest game of croquet in Alice’s life! The balls were
hedgehog[ˈhedʒhɒɡ]s, and the mallet[ˈmælɪt]s were flamingo[fləˈmɪŋɡəʊ]es. And the hoop[huːp]s were made by
soldiers, who turned over and stood on their hands and feet.
- You can cut the head off from anything that’s got a head
- The Mock Turtle was in the middle of a very sad song when they all
heard a shout a long way away:“It’s beginning!”
- The King and Queen of Hearts were sitting on their throne[θrəʊn]s when Alice and the Gryphon[ˈɡrɪfən]
- Soliders stood all around the Knave[neɪv] of Hearts, and
near the King was the White Rabbit, with a trumpet[ˈtrʌmpɪt] in one
- In the middle of the room there was a table, with a large plate of
tart[tɑːt]s on it.
- Then the White Rabbit blew his trumpet three times, and called out,
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