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III. Comment or explain. 1. The moment they arrived they began to save the poor little unwanted girls from the baby-tower (141)

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1. The moment they arrived they began to save the poor little unwanted girls from the baby-tower… (141)

2. ‘I have no experience of the plural’, he replied. ‘Mine is only in the singular.’ (149)

3. “It doesn’t seem to be a long way to Harrington Garden,” she smiled. (149)

4. She could count on him never to throw the past in her teeth. (156)

5. Surely what troubled him most was the wound to his
vanity… (162)

6. I shouldn’t have thought you were the sort of person to put yourself out for a few stuffy nuns and a parcel of Chinese
brats. (163)


IV. Questions and Topics for Discussion.


1. Speak about Sister St. Joseph. What made her different from nuns? What did Kitty and Sister St. Joseph mostly talk about? What did Kitty learn from her about the Mother Superior? Why did she feel a wall between herself and the nuns? In what way did Kitty’s work in the Convent help her find a new sense in life?

2. Compare what Sister St. Joseph told Kitty about Waddington’s private life with what he told Kitty himself. How does it characterize him?

3. Speak on Kitty’s reaction to finding that she was at last free from Townsend. What helped her to regain her heart? Why did she think that Walter would never forgive her?

4. What made Kitty realize that she was with child? What was her reaction? Compare it with what the nuns felt about it. How did Walter take the news? What were the signs indicating that Walter’s attitude to her somehow changed after the talk? Why did Walter insist on Kitty’s leaving Mei-tan-fu?

5. What did Walter tell Kitty about his aim in having brought her to Mei-tan-fu? Do you think him vindictive? Prove your point.

6. Discuss the change in Kitty’s personality brought about by her life in Mei-tan-fu. Find proof that the change wasn’t profound.



Part 7

Chapters LVIII-LXIII (pp. 164 – 187)


I. Active Vocabulary.


- to shake hands (164)

- to have affection for smb (167)

- at all costs (170)

- to be content (172)

- to bid farewell (173)

- to repent (173)

- to be detained (175)

- to survive (176)

- to make amends for smth (177)

- to overwork (180)

- to resist

- resistance

- to have mercy on smb (186)

- delirium (186)


a) Find the sentences with these words and reproduce the situations.


II. Paraphrase.


1. She … had an elegance which made Kitty feel all thumbs. (166)

2. The Manchu laughed but once. (167)

3. …I don’t know the first thing about you. (167)

4. …she felt that this alone could give him peace of mind. (170)

5. …some unexpected occurrence might throw him off his
. (171)

6. …for Walter coming home late, in order not to disturb her, took pains to be quiet. (178)

7. Try and keep a tight hold on your nerves. (181)

8. This is a pretty kettle of fish… (183)


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