IV. Questions and Topics for Discussion. 1. What news did Walter bring?
1. What news did Walter bring? What kind of place was Mei-tan-fu? What was Kitty’s first thought when she heard the news? What were the motives of Kitty’s refusal to accompany Walter?
2. Why did Walter bring the subject of Mei-tan-fu before mentioning their divorce? Why had Walter, as he said himself, married Kitty?
3. Speak of Kitty’s visit to Townsend’s office. Explain his reaction to her coming and for his inconsistent behaviour. What worried him in the situation? What steps was he prepared to take against Walter? Why didn’t Charlie want to divorce his wife? What proves that the mess Townsend got into was not the first in his life.
4. Discuss the drama Kitty had to live through within one day. What offended her most of all during the conversation with Townsend? What price did she have to pay for her illusions?
5. Do you think Walter had any right to expose his wife to such danger?
Chapters XXVIII-XXXVIII (pp. 84 – 104)
I. Active Vocabulary.
- to be conscious of sth (86)
- to make a fool of oneself (86)
- to deserve (86)
- to sacrifice (88)
- Deputy Commissioner (90)
- a missionary (91)
- sober (91)
- a martyr (91)
- to inoculate (92)
- to take precautions (92)
- to be on leave (93)
- to boast (93)
- panic-stricken (97)
- funeral (97)
- a well-bread woman (100)
- to do a service (99)
- infatuation (101)
- be infatuated with sb
- complacency (101)
a) Reproduce the situation and the sentences with these words.
1. She had been taken anawares. (86)
2. … she allowed herself to give way. (86)
3. … it had a significance which she felt but could not put into
4. … it became evident that he was far from sober. (93)
5. He is the sort that gets on. (93)
6. … when a man in a rather high position puts on no frills…
III. Comment or explain.
1. It was a trick which accorded very well with his sardonic
2. Many waters could not quench love. (88)
3. … if the city was not given over to riot and arson it was due to his determination. (97)
4. … her mother would make her see very plainly that having married her off, she counted on being rid of her. (98)
5. That is his stock in trade. (98)
6. He knows all the official ropes. (99)
7. She says she’d like to be able to make friends of the poor little things who fall to Charlie. (100)
IV. Questions and Topics for Discussion.
1. What was Kitty’s state of mind while she was travelling to Mei-tan-fu? What questions did she ask herself? Did she have answers to them? Why did she think that “she was finished with life”?
2. Speak of the epidemic and the state of things in Mei-tan-fu. What were her feelings when she was looking at the town? What impression did their new home make on her? What was Kitty busy with all days long? What about Walter’s working day? What did Kitty know about Walter’s work? Why had Walter been unpopular in Hong Kong? Why was it different in Mei-tan-fu?
3. Speak about Waddington, his character, his social position, the way he treated life, people at large and the situation in Mei-tan-fu. Why did Kitty find Waddington’s company refreshing? What drew them together? What conclusions did Waddington make concerning the relationship between Kitty and Walter?
4. Discuss the change in Kitty’s attitude to Townsend. Did Waddington guess why Kitty started talking about Charles? What was his opinion of Charles? What words hurt Kitty most? Why?
Chapters XXXIX-XLIX (pp. 104 – 138)
I. Active Vocabulary.
- malice (114)
- a confirmed drunkard (114)
- to come to one’s rescue (114)
- an infirmary (115)
- an orphan (115)
- charity (115)
- repulsive (117)
- to be short of smth (118)
- to fall a victim to smth (119)
- to baptize (120)
- from curiosity (121)
- to praise smb/smth (122)
- contempt (122)
- to ascribe some qualities to smb
- to commit adultery (129)
- to supervise smb/smth (134)
- to cope with (135)
a) Reproduce the situations and the sentences with these words.
1. You could have knocked me down with a feather. (106)
2. … he never hesitated to speak his mind. (107)
3. … otherwise they will not take the trouble, but do away with
4. I suppose I shouldn’t have been taken in by him … (126)
5. They are very shorthanded … (127)
6. He must have suggested it only to frighten her and to get back on Charlie. (128)
7. It’s like reproaching someone who has no ear for music … (129)
8. No, it is out of the question. (134)
III. Comment or explain.
1. … we English have no strong attachment to the soil, we can make ourselves at home in any part of the world. (111)
2. But to all that moving experience there had been a shadow (a dark lining to the silver cloud) …, which disconcerted her. (124)
3. They spoke a different language, not only of the tongue but of the heart. (124)
4. If I were you I’d leave well alone, Kitty. (126)
5. He told her nothing of his work, but even in the old days he had been reticent on this; he was not by nature expansive. (127)
6. It was all make-believe that he had lived on. (129)
7. … but the Mother Superior paid no attention to her entreaties and Kitty stood sufficiently in awe of her not to be importunate. (136)