Bernard Shaw's biography
1. After a few unsuccessful attempts at writing novels, Shaw turned to plays. 2. Bernard Shaw died in 1950 at the age of ninety-four. 3. He was born in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in 1856, and was proud of being an Irishman. 4. Later on he wrote a large number of plays, all of which are known for their brilliant dialogue and sharp political satire. 5. In 1931 Shaw visited the Soviet Union. 6. George Bernard Shaw, the famous English playwright, came from a middle class family. 7. In 1876 he left his home town for London, where he became a journalist. 8. The famous playwright was always a true friend to the first Socialist State.
The serenade. Part 1
1. As I approached, Porcharlester rose, saying, “I'm going behind the stage if you don't mind.” 2. I hated to hear her mention the name, so I said, “He tries to sing it.” 3. The best seat was occupied by the beautiful Linda Fitznightingale. 4. As Linda loved music, Porsharlester's talent gave him in her eyes an advantage over older and cleverer men. 5. I celebrated my fortieth birthday by putting on one of the amateur theatrical performances for which my house at Beckenham is famous. 6. After I had seen that everything was all right for the performance, I hurried to Linda's side with an apology for my long absence. 7. I've lived on it for the last three days. 8. I tried to avoid a straight answer. 9. I ran back to the hall promising myself to have him shot for not obeying my orders. 10. For the next three months I studied horn-blowing. 11. The signal was given a third time. 12. I saw but one way to save the play from failure. 13. What were you thinking of playing to your friend? 14. You blow to hard, and it spoils the impression. 15. I'll tell you the truth: it would be beyond your ability. 16. I did not like my teacher and hated to hear him always saying that the horn was more like the human voice than any other instument. 17. My ears were deafened, the windows shook, the hats of my visitors rained from their pegs, and as I pressed my hands to my head, the horn player came out, shaky on his feet, and looked at the guests, who began to appear on the stairs... 18. He stared at me, and shook his head. 19. But he was clever, and I worked hard without a word of complaint. 20. The first time I play it through without a mistake, I'll give you five pounds. 21. I took up the instrument, put the smaller end into my mouth and blew. 22. “It isn't written for the instrument, sir,” he said, “you'll never play it.” 23. Something that you must teach me, Schubert's serenade. 24. Then I took the horn again, put it to my lips and blew as hard as I could. 25. Had he mixed up the time? 26. Before him were five bottles, empty. 27. I hurried to the dining-room. 28. Ah, here is Mr Porcharlester, I'll make him promise to sing it to us. 29. I don't wish to bother you, but the man who is to play the horn hasn't turned up. 30. But the man was nowhere to be seen. 31. I hope to hear you sing it when the play's over. 32. “Dear me,” I said, “I ordered him at exactly half-past seven. 33. There at the table he sat, fast asleep. 34. It's something like this, I think... 35. “Boys will be boys,” I said when he had gone. 36. After I had seen that everything was all right for the performance, I hurried to Linda's side with an apology for my long absence. 37. I decided to break up their conversation as soon as I could. 38. The next chair, which I had intended for myself, had been taken by Mr Porcharlester, a young man of some musical talent. 39. As I approached, Porcharlester rose, saying, “I'm going behind the stage if you don't mind.” 40. I celebrated my fortieth birthday by putting on one the mateur theatrical performances for which my house at Beckenham is famous. 41. He was to place himself, not on the stage, but downstairs in the hall so as to make it sound distant. 42. The play, written by myself, was in three acts, and an important feature was the sound of a horn in the second act. 43. What were you thinking of playing to your friend? 44. So the man gave in.
The Serenade. Part 2
1. I didn't take this advice, though I now see that he was right. 2. I did not want him to ask me where I was going, so I thought it best to ask him first. 3. I'm quite sure it can't be your voice. 4. But at that time I intended to serenade Linda. 5. If I could be sure that it is myself and not my voice that she likes, I should be the happiest man in England. 6. “I'll make an attempt,” I thought, and at nine o'clock I took up my horn and drove to Marble Arch, where I got out and walked to her house. 7. Do you know I've never had the courage to sing that serenade since she told me she loved it? 8. Her house was situated at the northern end of Park Lane, and I had already bribed a servant to let me into the small garden between the house and the street. 9. Doesn't she like the way you sing it? 10. We parted, and I saw him enter Linda's hpuse. 11. Did she think it was he who had serenaded her? 12. I felt that to send this letter to Porcharlester would only pain him uselessly. 13. Linda is now my wife. 14. I don't think I'll be able to receive you again this season. 15. I shall not have the pleisure of meeting you at Mrs Locksley Hall's tomorrow. 16. I am sorry that you respect my love to Schubert's serenade so little as to make fun of it. 17. I ran all the way to Hamilton Place, where I got into a taxi. 18. I heard him say as I came out of the shadow. 19. A minute later the door of the house opened, and the servant whom I had bribed came towards me with a letter in his hand. 20. But you are not to open it, if you please, until you get home. 21. The instrument was like ice, and my lips were stiff. 22. “Miss Linda told me to give you this,” he held out the letter. 23. But in spite of all that, I succeeded fairly well. 24. When he was gone, she came to the window and looked out at the stars. 25. My heart beat as I saw it. 26. If you want to give me a surprise, I'll forgive you. 27. I've played it three times for you. 28. I'll see you at Mrs Locksley Hall's tomorrow, I hope. 29. Don't be angry with me. 30. “Yes,” she said , “it's time for you to go. 31. I took out the horn. 32. A few minutes later I was in the garden, looking up at them from my place in the shadow of a big tree as they sat near the open window. 33. I did not know that a human throat could produce such sounds. 34. I have only one more word to say: Good-bye. 35. Ten minutes later I was in my study opening the letter. 36. She was writing now. 37. I thought he would never go. 38. Had I not heard her playing the piano, I should never have held out. 39. I never dare sing it before her , but I am going to surprise her with it tomorrow at Mrs Locksley Hall's. 40. She told me last night that she would be all alone this evening.
Archibald Joseph Cronin's biography
1. The opportunity to write came when his medical practice was interrupted by an illness. 2. “A thing of beauty” was published in 1955. 3. After that he practised medicine for over ten years and gained a lot of experience of life. 4. It was followed by a number of other novels. 5. In 1919 he graduated from Glasgow University where he took a medical course. 6. His first novel, “Hutters' Castle”, came out in 1931. 7. Though Cronin was an excellent doctor, he hoped some time to take up a literary career.
At the restaurant
1. Against his father's will he left England to study painting in France. 2. Outside Chester offered his hand. 3. At one o'clock a bell rang. 4. Suddenly he heard a pleasant voice behind him. 5. They started off together along the street. 6. Immediately a cry went up from everywhere and all around the students began crowding towards the door, pushing Stephen forward against his will. 7. How about lunching with me? 8. She stopped arguing and offered the menu-card for their inspection. 9. The extract given below is an account of his meeting with other students from England. 10. You're English, aren't you? I noticed you come in. 11. I hope you don't mind my speaking to you? 12. On arriving in Paris he entered professor Dupret's Art School. 13. When Stephen had introduced himself Chester paused for a moment, then exclaimed. 14.Immediately a stout red-faced woman in black ran out of the kitchen in protest. 15. The restaurant they went to was quite near, a narrow, low-ceilinged room, opening into a dark little kitchen. 16. Madame Chobert was not pleased; she tried to argue, but in the end Harry Chester's manner was too much for her. 17. He had been in Paris eighteen months. 18. After a few more remarks about Philip Lambert, Harry Chester suddenly sat up. 19. I should have gone to Cambridge myself … if I hadn't given it up for art. 20. You never know when he'll turn up. 21. “Your friend Lambert doesn't seem to be coming,” Stephen said at last, to break the silence. 22. When he came over, he began taking off a lemon-yellow glove, meanwhile looking at Chester with amusement. 23. People were beginning to leave. 24. Lambert took a look at Stephen, then he bowed politely as if appreciating the young man's tactful silence. 25. His habits are quite irregular. 26. Holding out a small hand to Stephen, he said, “I am happy to met you.” 27. The bill, quickly produced by Madame Chobert, now lay on the table. 28. “Stephen Desmonde only came down from Oxford last term,” Chester added quickly. 29. Look here I'd like you to met Desmonde. 30. I'm expecting a guest at two o'clock. 31. Thank you for keeping my table, dear boy. 32. I can easily find another table. 33. They had finished their coffee. 34. But now you must be off. 35. I myself was at the House. 36. Following Chester's look, Stephen saw a slim man of about thirty entering the restaurant. 37. Naturally she spoiled him by giving him too much money. 38. He went on to say, with a smile, that his father had been a well-known tea-planter in Ceylon. 39. “Do not get excited, Madame Chobert,” Chester smiled. 40. At Chester's suggestion they ordered tomato soup , steak and cheese.