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EXERCISES. I. Find in the text the English for:

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I. Find in the text the English for:

Кольцо с бриллиантом; мерка; примерить; размер; под­дельные; оправа для камня; подходить по размеру; заменить; этикетка.

II. Think of several sentences with the word-combinations:

In that case, just in case, that way, any other way.

III. Answer the following questions:

1. Why did the jeweller guess that his customer wanted an engagement ring? 2. What did he mean saying, "It's usual"? 3. Why did Bart's question, "Are they dinkum?" strike the jeweller as naive? 4. Was the jeweller decent to Bart? 5. Could Bart carry out his threat and 'break the man's neck'? Give your reasons. 6. Do you think the jeweller met Bart half way out of mere professional politeness? Or did some sympathy with the young man come in here too?

IV. Compare the situation in the text with that described in the following dialogue. Learn the dialogue by heart:

mr. dobson: Will you show me some rings, please?

shopkeeper: Certainly, sir. What sort of rings do you want to see?

mr. d.: Wedding-rings, please.

shopkeeper: The lady isn't with you, is she? Do you know the size of her ring-finger?

mr. d.: Yes, I thought about that. Here's my pen. A ring that will go easily on this pen will be the right size for her ring-finger.

V. (a) Dramatize the dia­logue between the young people before they came to the shop.

(b) Dramatize the dialogue between the young man and the shopkeeper before the beginning of the scene.

B. Together they went over to the shop window and stood pressed against it. It contained but one object — a double row of great, even pearls clasped by a deep emerald around a little pink velvet throat.

"What do you suppose they cost?" Annabel ['aenabel] said.

"Gee, I don't know," Midge said. "Plenty, I guess."

"Like a thousand dollars?" Annabel said.

"Oh, I guess like more," Midge said. "On account of the emerald."

"Well, like ten thousand dollars?" Annabel said.

"Gee, I wouldn't even know," Midge said.

The devil nudged Annabel in the ribs. "Dare you to go in and price them?" she said.

"Like fun!" Midge said.

"Dare you," Annabel said.

"Why, a store like this wouldn't even be open this af­ternoon," Midge said.

"Yes, it is so, too," Annabel said. "People just came out. And there's a doorman on. Dare you."

"Well," Midge said. "But you've got to come too."

They tendered thanks, icily, to the doorman for usher­ing them into the shop. It was cool and quiet, a broad, gracious room with panelled walls and soft carpet. But the girls wore expressions of bitter disdain, as if they stood in a sty.

A slim, immaculate clerk came to them and bowed. His neat face showed no astonishment at their appearance.

"Good afternoon," he said. He implied that he would never forget it if they would grant him the favour of ac­cepting his soft-spoken greeting.

"Good afternoon," Annabel and Midge said together, and in like freezing accents.

"Is there something —?" the clerk asked.

"Oh, we're just looking," Annabel said. It was as if she flung the words down from a dais.

The clerk bowed.

"My friend and myself merely happened to be passing," Midge said, and stopped, seeming to listen to the phrase. "My friend here and myself," she went on, "merely hap­pened to be wondering how much are those pearls you've got in your window."

"Ah, yes," the clerk said. "The double rope. That is two.hundred and fifty thousand dollars, madam."

"I see," Midge said.

The clerk bowed. "An exceptionally beautiful necklace," he said. "Would you care to look at it?"

"No, thank you," Annabel said.

"My friend and myself merely happened to be passing,"

Midge said.

They turned to go; to go, from their manner, where the tumbrel awaited them. The clerk sprang ahead and opened the door. He bowed as they swept by him.

(D. Parker. The Standard of Living)


1 Annabel and Midge are stenographers. They live in New York and earn less than twenty dollars a week. Half of this money goes to support their families.


I. (a) Learn by heart this part of the girls' conversation and translate it into Russian paying special attention to the translation of the word.yes:

— Why, a store like this would not even be open this afternoon.

— Yes, it is so, too.

(b) Express your disagreement with the following:

1. The moon doesn't shine at night. 2. John's watch didn't cost half of this price. 3. Smith isn't a man to pay through the nose. 4. I don't think Mary has ever worn pearls.

II. Answer the following questions:

1. What object in the shop window riveted the girls' atten­tion? 2. Why did Annabel and Midge hesitate before they entered the shop? 3. Why did they put on a proud front while passing the doorman and speaking to the shop-assistant? (Find in the text all that is said about the manner they assumed in the shop.)

4. How did the shop-assistant behave to the girls? Was he decent to them or did he snub them? (Prove your answer by quotations.)

5. Why didn't the girls care to look at that exceptionally beautiful necklace? 6. What was the end of the girls' shopping?

III. Describe (1) the' shop; (2) the shop-assistant (his appearance andmanners); speak of his professional efficiency.

IV.Retell the text in a few sentences.

V. (a) Dramatize from memory the dialogue between the girls and the conversation in the shop.

(b) Dramatize the following into dialogues. (Consult the text as much as possible.)

1. After Midge and Annabel have left, the clerk and the doorman discuss the girls' manners making fun of their sham gentility. 2. A millionaire's daughter comes into the shop and prices the same pearls. The clerk lays himself out to ingra­tiate himself with her.


Rosemary had been married two years... And her husband absolutely adored her. They were rich, really rich, not just comfortably off, which is odious and stuffy and sounds like one's grandparents. But if Rosemary wanted to shop she would go to Paris as you and I would go to Bond Street.' If she wanted to buy flowers, the car pulled up at the perfect shop in Regent Street,2 and Rose­mary inside the shop just gazed in her dazzled, rather exotic way, and said: "/ want those and those and those. Give me four bunches of those. And that jar of roses. Yes, I'll have all the roses in the jar. No, no lilac. I hate lilac. It's got no shape." The attendant bowed and put the lilac out of sight as though this was only too true, lilac was dreadfully shapeless. "Give me those stumpy little tulips. Those red and white ones." And she was followed to the car by a thin shop-girl staggering under an immense white paper armful that looked like a baby in long clothes.

One winter afternoon she had been buying something in a little antique shop in Curzon Street.8 It was a shop she liked. For one thing, one usually had it to oneself. And then the man who kept it was ridiculously fond of serving her. He beamed whenever she came in. He clasped his hands; he was so gratified he could scarcely speak. Flattery of course. All the same, there was something... [...]

To-day it was a little box. He had been keeping it for her. He had shown it to nobody as yet. An exquisite little enamel box with a glaze so fine it looked as though it had been baked in cream. On the lid a minute [mai'nju:t] creature stood under a flowery tree, and a more minute creature still had her arms round his neck. Her hat, really no bigger than a geranium petal, hung from a branch; it had green ribbons. And there was a pink cloud like a watchful cherub floating above their heads. Rosemary took her hands out of her long gloves. She al­ways took off her gloves to examine such things. Yes, she liked it very much. She loved it; it was a great duck. She must have it. [...] But what was the price? For a moment the shopman did not seem to hear. Then a mur­mur reached her. "Twenty-eight guineas, madam."

"Twenty-eight guineas." Rosemary gave no sign. She laid the little box down; she buttoned her gloves again.

Twenty-eight guineas. Even if one is rich... She looked vague. [...] "Well, keep it for me —will you? I'll..."

But the shopman had already bowed as though keeping it for her was all any human being could ask. He would be willing, of course, to keep it for her for ever.

(K. Mansfield. A Cup of Tea)


1 Bond Street is situated near Piccadilly and is famous for many shops (notably jewellers').

s Regent Street is one of the central streets of London, also a famous shopping-area.

3 Curzon Street is situated very near Regent Street and Bond Street.



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