- All my life I had lived in the quiet little village of Essendean, in the Lowlands of Scotland[ˈskɒtlənd], where my father had been the dominie, or schoolteacher.
- With my plaid[plæd] over my shoulder, I walked fast up the
hill away from the village.
- On the table was a bowl of porridge[ˈpɒrɪdʒ] and a glass of
water, in front of the only chair. Around the walls were several locked
chest[tʃest]s. There was no other furniture.
- He was a secretive[ˈsiːkrətɪv] man, Alexander[ˌælɪɡˈzɑːndə(r); ˌælɪɡˈzændə(r)] was.
Perhaps he didn’t talk much about me?
- That was lucky for me, because it showed me that the steps were uneven[ʌnˈiːvn], and that I could easily fall to my death.
- Sending a stranger up those stairs in the dark was sending him
straight to his death.
- What can I bring ye back from my travels? A friend of Mr Balfour’s is a friend of mine!
- The lad’s seriously ill. We must take him out of this
unhealthy hole at once.
- It was a large room, with a table , a bench[bentʃ] and
- When he took off his long coat, I could see that he had a pair of pistol[ˈpɪstl]s and was wearing a sword at his side.
- He was wearing a hat with feathers, a blue coat with silver buttons,
and expensive-looking lace[leɪs] round his neck.
- I must tell you that I’m one of those honest High Landers who were
proud to fight for their homes, their clan[klæn] and their
country in 1745, aganist the English King.
- I was able to wade[weɪd] through it easily, and reached
Mull with a happy shout. How stupid of me not to realize that it was
possible to get to Mull, twice a day, at low tide[taɪd].
- The lawyer was shouting to a large number of redcoated soldiers, who
had just joined the men around Campbell[ˈkæmb(ə)l]’s dead
- We fell down in the heather[ˈheðə(r)], and lay without moving
for a long time.
- I know that you hate their clan, Alan, but taking a
life in cold blood is a terrible thing to do.
- You can choose – either live in the headther with me, or die at the
hands of the Campbells.
- I’ll have to accuse you of killing that Campbell. I’ll have to! If I
don’t , they’ll accuse me ! I have to think of myself and my family! Do
you see that?
- I didn’t remember that you’re just a bairn[beən], I
couldn’t see that you were dying on your feet…
- I had heard of you, Mr David, from your friends in Essendean, who wrote to me when they had no word from
- Now he could meet Alan, a man wanted for murder, and if the soldiers
asked him later for information he could say that he never saw Alan
clearly and could not possibly recognize him.
- When I returned to the Highlands to help his clansman, James, I
found that my adventures with the Stewarts were far from
finished … but that is another story.
- The screaming was high and loud and terrible. It didn’t sound
- The Queen’s coach was broken into a thousand pieces, and there were
bit[bɪt]s of wood and clothes and bodies everywhere.
- He had taught her to climb mountains, win judo[ˈdʒuːdəʊ]
fights, ride horses, sail boats – he was a great father.
- We have saved your fater’s life. But I am afraid … He hesitate[ˈhezɪteɪt]d
- He’ll get an artificial[ˌɑːtɪˈfɪʃl] leg. He’ll learn to use
- What harm[hɑːm] had they ever done to do the Irish, or to
anyone? Why did the Irish have to kill them with their bloody bomb?
- I hope they catch those murdering Irish bastards, I really do.
- Jane walked quickly away from the ticket office, down the escalator[ˈeskəleɪtə(r)] towards the platform and the trains.
- The policewoman listened in to her radio and passed the information
8 Chemical Secret
- Neither acid[ˈæsɪd] nor salt water could damage it, and cars
came back from both the Arctic and the Sahara[səˈhɑːrə] looking
- John spilt some of the waste products on his
- But I’m afraid the skin there will stay red for a year or two.
They’re nasty[ˈnɑːsti] chemicals.
- Christine[krɪˈstiːn] was angry with her because she tidied up
- These ten rats have had the waste products in their drinking water
for two weeks now. I gave them a lot – five part[pɑːt]s per
- He lifted some of the baby rats out of the box and looked at them
through a magnifying['mægnɪfaɪɪŋ] glass.
- A shadow crossed his face. His eyes looked at hers, then away, out
of the window.
- We borrowed ten million pounds last year, and employed four hundred
more people. Think how much means to a small town like this!
- His head was bald now, and he was beginning to look
like an old man.
- That sewage[ˈsuːɪdʒ; ˈsjuːɪdʒ] works is putting a lot of nasty things
into the river.
- He had agreed to hide many bad things before, so one more didn’t
make any difference.
- We’ve tested them very carefully for many years, and if they are dilute[daɪˈluːt; daɪˈljuːt]d in water, they are not dangerous at all.
- What are they going to live on, when the factory’s closed because of
Simon’s stupid articles.
- The bags were small but very heavy, because they were filled with
- It caught the sail and sent it quickly from one side of the boat to
- John Duncan shivered, and turned his coat collar[ˈkɒlə(r)]
- How long have you been an air hostess[ˈhəʊstəs; həʊˈstes]?
- The voice on the telephone explained carefully. Helen groan[ɡrəʊn]ed again, and sat up.
- Very carefully, Harald put the passport on his tray[treɪ] and poured the coffee onto it.
- There was a large plane on the tarmac[ˈtɑːmæk] about two
hundred metres away.
- What nationalities are they?
- Secondly, they say we must refuel[ˌriːˈfjuːəl] the plane because
they want to fly to another country.
- They looked at passports and then started to walk down the aisle[aɪl] , pointing their guns at the passengers.
- We must attack the plane! We are commando[kəˈmɑːndəʊ]s; we know
how to do it!
- It was then that Harald moved. He got out of his seat, bent low, and
ran very fast along the aisle towards the front of the plane. The young
man and the girl did not see him coming and he caught them both around
their legs and knocked them onto the floor.
- Then handcuff[ˈhændkʌf] him to the door. He will be the next
- They wanted military base[beɪs]s for their soldiers in her
country and she did not want them.
- She pressed her forehead[ˈfɔːhed; ˈfɒrɪd] against the cool glass and
for two minutes she did not move.
- Helen bang[bæŋ]ed her fist[fɪst] on the table.
“We’ve got four minutes left.”
- He put several grenade[ɡrəˈneɪd]s in the coat pocket, and a
machine gun into a long pocket inside the coat.
- Through the window, Carl saw the fuel tanker[ˈtæŋkə(r)] drive towards the plane.
- In the departure lounge[laʊndʒ] there was a crowd of
passengers waiting to get on other planes, and also a lot of doctors,
police, and newspaper journalists.
10 The Card
- It’s lucky that Mrs Codleyn has an argument with
Denry’s employer, but how does Denry become Mrs
Coldeyn’s rent[rent] collector? and it’s very lucky indeed for
Denry when the Hjalmar goes down in the sea off Llandudno - but how does Denry make a thousand pounds out
- Edward[ˈedwəd] Henry[ˈhenri] Machin[mə'tʃi:n]
first saw daylight on the 27th of May, 1867 in Brougham[ˈbruːəm]
Street in Bursley, the oldest of the Five Towns.Brougham
Street goes down a hill to the canal, and contatins a number of potbanks
or pottery factories as well as some small houses. The rent for one of
these houses was not high - only about twenty-three pence a week.
- She did not often laugh, and if you tried to argue with her, you
never got very far. She was a woman of few words, and saved time every
day by calling her son Denry, instead of Edward Henry.
- As he walked around the examination room, he came to the teacher’s
desk , where he saw a list of names with the marks for the first day of
the examination. The highest possible mark was thirty, but next to his
name he saw the number 7.
- Is Mr Duncalf in? No, madam, He’s at the Town Hall.
Well, just tell him I called.
- The invitations must go out on Wednesday.
- He walked up the beautiful double staircase[ˈsteəkeɪs] into the
ballroom and looked for Ruth[ruːθ].
- It’s the first time I’ve ever danced, except in a lesson.Really? You
pick things up easily, I suppose.
- Who invited you to the ball? I did,sir. Why? I thought perhaps you’d
- “I suppose you think you’re a really fine fellow after your dance
with the Countess[ˈkaʊntəs; ˈkaʊntes]?” “Yes,Do you?”He had not meant to say
- Mrs Codlyen was late by accident and also because she was fat. Denry
was late because he had planned it that way.
- It was a very small house, not much more than one room downstairs
and one room upstairs.
- He had taken Duncalf’s rent-collecting, and then introduced the idea
of collecting rents and lend[lend]ing money at the same
- Denry was now a property[ˈprɒpəti] owner.
- Fearns would make her a present of the house!
- He told himself that he was here on business.
- Ruth has introduced Denry to dancing , and now she introduced him to
- A large furniture van was moving down the street all
on its own; there were no horses.
- He had to climb over the roof of the van to get to the back. The van
was black inside, and the floor was under fifty centimetres of water.
- I’m on a table. It’s the only thing the men put in the van before
they went to have their supper.
- Denry thought to himself that few engagement[ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt]s had
begun as strangely as theirs.
- What could this fine young lady see in him.
- Something had to happen, he thought. He didn’t know what it was, but
three months of engagement with Ruth[ruːθ] Earp was going to leave him penniless[ˈpeniləs].
- Denry and the girls went onto the pier[pɪə(r)], and Denry
even got his feet wet helping one or two of the Norwegian[nɔːˈwiːdʒən]
sailors from the lifeboat onto the pier.
- Mr Machin[mə'tʃi:n]. It’s now or never. It’s twenty-five pounds
if you can pay today.
- The bookshop also had a lot of souvenir[ˌsuːvəˈnɪə(r)]s of
Llandudno. Ruth wanted a glass plate with a picture of Great Orme Head on it, but the man in the shop said that they had
- It’s the moonlight I’m afraid of.
- She picked up the hat-box, opened it, and screamed. It fell on the
floor with a crash and Mrs Machin was standing up to her ankle[ˈæŋkl]s in money.
- He also bought a mule[mjuːl] and a cart. He said he needed
them for his work.
- Denry’s idea was for a saving club for every shop in the Five Towns.
It was a fantastic[fænˈtæstɪk] idea.
- Then he had an idea. He could ask the Countess of Chell to be the patron of his club.
- Indeed, a week or two later, Denry saw a chance to make something
out of his adventure.
- The recent robbery at Sneyd Hall gives us a reason
to remember the beautiful paintings and furniture which it contains and
which, happily, were not stolen.
- Denry called one day at the house of Mrs Kemp[kemp] in Brougham[ˈbruːəm] Street. Mrs Kemp was the mother of Jock, Denry’s
old friend and carriage-driver to the Countness.
- The mule dash[dæʃ]ed off, but away from the Police
- She invited Denry to the Club opening, where she told the five mayors and all the important people of the Five Towns how
Denry had rescue[ˈreskjuː]d her.
- These days he was a great man in the Five Towns, but his greatness[ˈɡreɪtnəs] was nothing in Brougham Street.
- He was the youngest Councillor[ˈkaʊnsələ(r)] in the town, and one
of the richest men in the Five Towns, but Councillor Cotterill still called him ‘young man’.
- “I suppose I’ve come to visit you once a fortnight[ˈfɔːtnaɪt].”answered Denry.”Perhaps two hundred and fifty
times in ten years. That’s eight pounds a visit, Cotterill. That’s more
expensive than the most fashionable doctor in England!”
- He felt as he had never felt before in his life. He wondered what
was happening to his legs.
- He left Bursley when he was nineteen to play for Liverpool.
11 The Mysterious Death
of Charles Bravo
- A married woman had to obey her husband in everything; she could not
decide things for herself.Only a man could do that for her.
- Five months later, Charles Bravo[ˌbrɑːˈvəʊ] was
dead, killed by antimony[ˈæntɪməni] poisoning.
- Dr Royes Bell, a doctor and cousin to Charles Bravo.
- At the enquiry[ɪnˈkwaɪəri], the police told their story, and so
did Charles Bravo’s friends, and the servants in his house.
- It does’t matter what a man looks like - what matters is how he behave[bɪˈheɪv]s.
- What will people say if I marry a man more than twice as old as
- Often, married women walked past me in the street, with their noses
in the air.
- I was her companion[kəmˈpænjən] - my job was to talk to her and
help her with the servants.
- I thought he was young, clever, handsome, amusing - just the right
sort of husband for Florence[ˈflɒrəns].
- Well, Charles didn’t like servants to argue with him, So he decided
to get rid of George[dʒɔːdʒ] Griffiths as
- George Griffiths was putting some white powder in water for the
- He leaned out of the window and vomit[ˈvɒmɪt]ed onto the
kitchen roof below.
- When she came back, Jane Cox told her to put the mustard[ˈmʌstəd] into the hot water and lift Charles’s feet into
- “Go and send the groom[ɡruːm] to fetch Dr Harrison[ˈhærɪs(ə)n]”, Mrs Cox told Mary Ann.”And then go and fetch
some camphor[ˈkæmfə(r)] from my room.”
- During Charles Bravo’s illness, he was seen by no fewer than five
- Mr Bravo has been sick[sɪk] several times, I think he has
poisoned himself with chloroform[ˈklɒrəfɔːm].
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