IV. Questions and Topics for Discussion. - to pull oneself together (12)



Part 1

Chapters (I-XI) pp.


I. Active Vocabulary.


- to pull oneself together (12)

- to get round sb (15)

- to count on sb (15)

- to resist a temptation (16)

- to be (un)faithful to sb (17)

- to reconcile oneself to (18)

- to reproach sb for sth (19)

- to stand by sb (21)

- a solicitor

- to despise (23)

- to stand for parliament (23)

- constituency (23)

- to conceal sth (24)

- to justify sb/sth

- to set ones hopes on sb (25)

- to frustrate ones hopes (25)

- to encourage


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



II. Paraphrase:


1. were in for it (p.12).

2. Do you feel up to going out (p.13)?

3. there was no reason for her to put on airs (p.18).

4. My advice to you is to sit tight.

5. She nagged him without mercy (p. 23).

6. money for odds and ends (p. 25).

7. to whom small talk didnt come easily (p. 25).

8. she expected to make up for all the disappointments of her career (p. 26).

9. who would jump at the chance (p. 27).

10. to give Kitty a piece of her very unpleasant mind (p. 28).

11. she got her off her hands.



III. Comment or explain:


1. How unfortunate to be called Dorothy! It dated you (p. 17).

2. as the wife of the government bacteriologist she was of no particular consequence (p. 19).

3. From a social standpoint the man of science does not exist (p. 19).

4. he was not such a fool as to put up the back of the Assistant Colonial Secretary (p. 20).

5. He had said that he would stand by her, and if the worst come to the worst

6. It (photo) had been done when he took silk and it represented him in a wig and gown. (p. 22)

7. A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush (p.24).

8. Mrs. Garstin did not mince her words in the domestic circle and she warned her daughter that she would miss her market (p. 27).

9. Kitty spoke with her tongue in her cheek, (p. 33)


IV. Questions and Topics for discussion.


1. Where is the scene laid?

2. Speak of Kitty and Charless reaction to the incident.

3. How did Kitty regard the situation she found herself in? How did Charles behave in the predicament? What did Kitty find attractive in Townsend?

4. Speak about Kittys social background.

a) Kittys mother

What kind of woman was Mrs. Garstin? What were her ambitions? Why did she set her hopes on her daughters? Why was her influence on Kitty so great?

b) Kittys father

Speak on Mr. Garstins character and his position in society. What were the relations between Mr. Garstin and his wife? What was Kittys attitude to her father? Why did he have so little influence?

5. Speak on Walter Fane, his character, his social standing, accomplishments. Where did Walter meet Kitty? What impression did she make on him? Did Walter judge Kitty accurately?

6. What motives made Kitty marry Walter? Was he a match for her? Why was their marriage a mistake? Who was to blame for it?

7. Does this mistake justify Kittys unfaithfulness?

8. Say what you think of faithfulness as a human value.


Part 2

Chapters XII-XXII (pp. 36 58)


I. Active Vocabulary.


- to gratify ones wish (37)

- to do sb a favour (37)

- to offend sb (37)

- considerate (37)

- casual (37)

- to disconcert sb (38)

- Assistant Colonial Secretary (40)

- feel at ease (40)

- to exasperate (42)

- to tease sb (44)

- to (mis) judge sb (45)

- to do sth by stealth (47)

- do sb justice (48)

- repulsive (50)

- be fed up with

- to speak at length (51)

- to make (kick) a row (55)

- to let sb down (58)


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



II. Paraphrase:


1. the government bacteriologist was no great fry (39).

2. He put her off with a jest (39).

3. Kitty was on the defensive (40).

4. He was always ready to do anyone a good turn (42).

5. the Townsends had private means (43).

6. He never let red tape interfere (42).

7. He took pains to keep it (46).

8. ladies trying to indulge in small talk (59).

9. if Walter put his back up (60).



III. Comment or explain:


1. He (Charles) plays a winning hand very well, but when he has bad cards he goes all to pieces (41).

2. that Walter knew the truth, and if he didnt it was better perhaps to leave well alone (47).

3. If he (Walter) wanted to make a scene, it was his lookout; he must not be surprised if he got more than he bargained (49).

4. He danced rottenly, he was a wet blanket at a party (50).

5. a fellow whod care to wash a lot of dirty linen in public (55).

6. its to Walters interest to keep on the right side of me (56).

7. Charlie was right when he suggested that Walter knew which side his bread was buttered.



IV. Questions and Topics for Discussion.


1. Speak about Walter Fane as seen by Kitty. What qualities exasperated Kitty? What was his social standing? Why wasnt he popular in the colony?

2. Speak of Kittys acquaintance with Charles Townsend. What attracted Kitty to him? Why did she make so much of Townsends accomplishments? What were Charlies plans for the future as far as his career was concerned? What was Charlies attitude towards his wife and what held them together? What hopes did Kitty set on Charlie?

3. Discuss how Townsend regarded the situation and its possible outcome? Why was he sure that Walter would make no row? Why did Charlie try to persuade Kitty to leave things as they were?

4. How did Walter take the shock? What was his state of mind?

5. What surprised and puzzled Kitty most in the circumstances?

6. In what way was Kittys love affair predetermined by her upbringing?


Part 3

Chapters XXII-XXVII (pp. 60 84)


I. Active Vocabulary.


- epidemic of cholera (62)

- a convent (62)

- of ones own free will (63)

- to mock sb (64)

- on sbs account (65)

- commonplace (67)

- second-rate (67)

- marry sb for convenience (67)]

- to cope with sth (68)

- confidence (70)

- to gossip (70)

- to deceive (71)

- to give sb away (72)

- to bring charges against (72)

- to make a condition (74)

- get infected (81)

- to expose sb to sth (82)


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



II. Paraphrase:


1. I should be frightened out of my wits (64).

2. She was recovering her nerve (65).

3. Did he tell you that in so many words (66)

4. But she kept her temper in check (68).

5. We shall be able to square your husband somehow (73).

6. I should make a clean breast of it to Dorothy (76).

7. she could persuade him to hold his tongue (76).

8. when theres been cholera and I havent turned a hair (80).

9. I cant make head or tail out of what you are saying (80).

10. the best way to understand a man is to put yourself in his shoes (80).

11. there is no reason to get the wind up about it (81).

12. he could not make her out (83).



III. Comment or explain:


1. I shall immediately file my petition (64).

2. Townsend will marry you only if he is co-respondent (65).

3. They say there is no time like the present (69).

4. You didnt commit yourself, did you (71).

5. we cant take it lying down (73).

6. I know that every man has his price (74).

7. If Walter has made up his mind to bring an action (74)

8. and its a damned soft job to be a Colonial Governor (77).

9. Women are always unfair and they generally manage to put a man in the wrong (83).




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