- It had all seemed so different back home in Adelaide[ˈædəleɪd],
sitting in the garden and reading books about camels.
- His job was to bring camels from the bush[bʊʃ] and to sell
them as meat to Arab countries.
- Everything Robyn learnt would be extremely useful to her when she
was alone in the bush.
- She’s got a bad chest.You’ll have to give her injection[ɪnˈdʒekʃn]s every day.
- Bull[bʊl] camels were not the best, because they were very
strong and could be violent.
- Water – for big containers just for the camels, clothes, ropes ,
raido,cassette[kəˈset] recorder with tapes of the Aboriginal
language Peitjantjra, maps ,compass, rifle[ˈraɪfl], knife – these
were just a few of the supplies that the camels had to carry.
- Fortunately, when she woke up next morning, the camels were still
there and she had not been bitten by a scorpion[ˈskɔːpiən].
- She knew which ones were good to eat, and as a result she became
very healthy and strong.
- Robyn got a muzzle[ˈmʌzl] for Diggity to wear round her
mouth. The local farmers put poison on the ground to kill the dingos, which are Australian wild dogs.
- Robyn gave Zelly forty pills a day, hidden inside an orange.
- Eight men had reached the summit[ˈsʌmɪt] but another nine had
lost their lives on the dangerous mountain.
- One in ten of the people who go there do not come back. Annapurna
was very dangerous because of its avalanches.
- The women enjoyed the easy walking and the stop[stɒp]s at
the villages along the way.
- Then the monsoon[ˌmɒnˈsuːn] rains came. August was the worst
month for rain.
- Arlene knew that on some expeditions all the porters just ran away
in bad weather, and left the climbers with no one to carry their
- They had to reach the summit during a break[breɪk] between
the monsoons and the really bad winter weather, when climbing high would
- We have to cross the glacier[ˈɡlæsiə(r)] and at any moment we
could fall down a crevasse and be lost forever.
- It was called ‘The Dutch[dʌtʃ] Rib’ because it was the
route the Dutch team had taken on their expedition in 1977. The route
was extremely narrow – often only a few centimetres wide – with drop[drɒp]s of hundreds of metres on each side.
- There would be a second team of three more women , but perhaps they
would not get a chance to try for the summit.
- Work at the hairdresser’s salon was boring, and the
women who worked there were so different from her.
- To her surprise, at the end of their talk Rob offered her a job as
deckhand[ˈdekhænd] and cook on the yacht[jɒt].
- Sailing single-handed is the most dangerous way to sail.
- A Sailomat would help with this problem. This was a
piece of equipment which could steer the boat automatically when Naomi
was resting , or doing something else.
- You’ll need at least 60,000 to buy and refit[ˈriːfɪt] a
- She knew that she had to be confident herself if she wanted other
people to have confidence in her.
- Everything on the boat had to be waterproof[ˈwɔːtəpruːf].
- Naomi knew it would only take twenty minutes for a ship to come over
the horizon[həˈraɪzn] and hit her.
- There she found that part of the rudder[ˈrʌdə(r)] on the
Sailomat was broken.
- Naomi was on course[kɔːs] for the Canary Islands.
- I’ve got sunstroke[ˈsʌnstrəʊk]. I spent too long in the hot sun
yesterday when I was on deck repairing the Salilomat.
- This meant putting very heavy ropes over the stern[stɜːn],
or back, of the boat to make it travel slowly, and stop it from leaving
its course. Naomi preferred to ‘stream[striːm] warp[wɔːp]s’.She thought that Express Crusader
could capsize[kæpˈsaɪz] if she tried to ‘lie a-hull[hʌl]’. Capsizing, or turning over completely, was a real
possibility in a very bad storm.
- She knew that there would be danger from storms and icebergs.
- All night Naomi lay on her bed wearing her oilskins,
waiting. At midday the next day, a very big wave broke over the side of
the boat and went into the map room.
- She stayed one day ahead of Sir Francis Chichester[ˈtʃɪtʃəstə(r)]’s
time, and hoped to beat his record.
7 Lord Jim
- He is the first mate[meɪt] on board the Patna, an old ship
taking 800 passengers across the Indian Ocean.
- It is the story of Jim’s search for his lost honour – a journey into
the dark places of the soul, where dreams and fears move like shadows
across the face of the moon…
- When Jim spent a whole summer reading sea stories, his father was
delighted, and decided that Jim would join the merchant[ˈmɜːtʃənt]
navy at once.
- He had arranged to take eight hundred pilgrim[ˈpɪlɡrɪm]s to the
city of Mecca[ˈmekə] in Saudi[ˈsaʊdi] Arabia[əˈreɪbiə].
- The chief and the captain had worked together on many ships, and
people in the Patna’s homeport said that they had been guilty of every
crime you could think of , at one time or another.
- Suddenly the engineer was thrown forward on to his face, and lay
silent on the deck.
- The ship went over whatever it was as easily as oil running over a
- The painful questions they asked him appeared to come from inside
him, like the questioning of his conscience[ˈkɒnʃəns].
- It was usually after dinner in a friend’s house, when men sat
comfortablely in their armchairs on the veranda[vəˈrændə] and
smoked their cigars, that Marlow was asked to talk.
- He could almost imageine himself back in the past, and he often
began with a warning to his listeners.
- A damaged ship full of pilgrims had been found without his officers,
in the Indian Ocean. The whole waterfront[ˈwɔːtəfrʌnt] – boatmen,
natives, officials, clerks – talked of nothing else for two weeks.
- If you English take away my master’s certificate[səˈtɪfɪkət], if
you won’t let me command a ship here, I’ll go.
- The two engineers were now standing in front of their captain, but
he turned away from them and hurried over to a horse and trap.
- The red of his fair, sunburnt skin deepened suddenly from his neck
right up to his hair.
- I am sure that things looked terribly uncertain to him at that
moment, but he did not hesitate, He was young and strong, and there was
something fine in his wild hope that he would survivie.
- The whole miserable business is bitter enough for a man like
- I’ve discovered a guano island among the Walpole['wɔ:lpəul] rocks which is going to make rich.
- He followed me back to the hotel obediently[əˈbiːdiəntli]. I
realized that he had nowhere in the whole world where he could be alone
with his suffering.
- I was no longer young, and I knew that his fate[feɪt], like
mine, was written in large letters on the face of a rock, and nothing he
could do would change it.
- He was tall and thin, with a sympathetic[ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk], intelligent
face, and white hair brushed back from a high forehead.
- He should creep away somewhere and hide.
- We, the famous and the unknown , travel in our thousands all over
the world, earning beyond the seas our good name, our fortune or perhaps
just enough bread for that day.
- I gave him a gun and two boxes of ammunition[ˌæmjuˈnɪʃn], in case
he needed them.
- Between you and me , your friend is already a dead man.
- Behind him were the waves of the sea, endlessly rising and sinking,
and ahead of him were the immovable[ɪˈmuːvəbl] forests, reaching up
towards the sunshine, but as dark and shadowy as life itself.
- The silvery grey houses crowding along the wide shining river seemed
like a line of ghostly animals, pushing forward to drink from the
- He looked with an owner’s eye at the land and its people, but it was
they who owned him, to the last breath in his body.
- I made one last great attempt – and at last felt myself creeping
weakly out of the mud on the other side of the creek[kriːk].
- He seemed to be one of those men who can only be measured by the
greatness of their fame, and his fame[feɪm], remember , was the
greatest thing for many a day’s journey around, even beyond the
- I saw him and spoke to him myself, as he crept around Patusan with
evil in his heart, and lying promises on his lips.
- He realized that the only escape from his loneliness was – in
- He sat with his head bent low on his chest, and did not look up,
perhaps afraid to see what his romantic conscience had written on the
- It is a real adventure, romantic beyond the wildest dream of his
boyhood, but with an ending that seems in some way unavoidable[ˌʌnəˈvɔɪdəb(ə)l].
- Doramin looked at his dead son, and slowly, very slowly, took Jim’s
silver ring off the cold, stiff[stɪf] hand.
8 Lorna Doone
- At either end was a narrow gap in the mountain walls. At the further
end was the waterfall which I had climbed seven years before, and at the
other was what we called the Doone-gate.
- But I was not able to see Lorna again as soon as I had hoped.
- If you will only keep away , out of danger, I will like you even
- With tears still in her eyes, which seemed to come partly from
wanting to love me as much as I loved her, she kissed my head.
- If they attacked us, we knew it could not be with as many men as
they would like.
- As certain as I sit here, that little girl is Lorna Doone!
- He lay along his horse’s neck, to close the wound in his side.
- As for me, I threw my best hat over the hay rick[rɪk]s and
shouted for happiness.
- The sound of a shot rang through the church, and those eyes were
clouded with death.
- He rode straight into a little valley from which I knew there was no
escape – because at the end of it there was only a black , bottomless bog.
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