Katherine Mansfield's biography  

1. Katherine Mansfield took a great interest in Russian literature, particularly in the works of Chekhov. 2. She is the author of a number of excellent short stories which deal with human natureand psychology. 3. Katherine Mansfield, an outstanding English short-story writer of the 20th century, was born in New Zealand in 1888 and died in 1923. 4. Her first short stories appeared in Melbourne in 1907, but literary fame came to her in London after the publication of a collection of short stories called “In a German pension”. 5. At the age of eighteen she she decided to become a professional writer. 6. In fact, she considered herself to be a pupil of the great Russian writer.  




                                                                                                    A cup of tea



1. Even if one is rich... 2. They were rich, really rich, not just comfortably well-off, so if Rosemary wanted to shop, she would go to Paris as you and I would go to Bond Street. 3. The lady could certainly afford a high price. 4. But how much would he charge her for it? 5. Madam, may I speak to you a moment? 6. There was something simple, sincere in that voice; it couldn't be the voice of a beggar. 7. Then you have no money at all? asked Rosemary. 8.At that very moment a young girl, thin, dark, appeared at Rosemary's elbow and a voice, like a sigh, breathed9. For a moment the shopman did not seem to hear. 10. He had shown it to nobody as yet so that she might be the first to see it. 11. He would be willing of course, to keep it for her for ever. 12. Outside rain was falling, there was a cold, bitter taste in the air, and the newly lighted lamps looked sad. 13. I simply took her home with me. 14. What would happen? It would be thrilling. 15. There was pain in her voice. 16. And suddenly it seemed to her such an adventure. 17. You look so terribly cold. 18. Supposing she took the girl home? 19.There was a whisper that sounded like “Very good, madam,” and the worn hat was taken off. 20. I really an't stand it. 21. I'm very sorry, madam, but I'm going to faint. 22. I'll arrange something. 23. The maid was gone and the girl almost burst into tears. 24. “Good heavens, how thoughtless I am!” Rosemary rushed to the bell. 25. You won't have to. 26. She forgot to be shy, forgot everythingexcept that they were both women, and cried out: “I can't go on any longer like this.” 27. At that moment the door-handle turned. 28. Do stop crying. Please. 29. I'll look after you. 30. And really the effect of that slight meal was amazing. 31. I'll arrange something. 32. I wish I were dead. 33. When the tea-table was carried away, a new girl, a light creature with dark lips and deep eyeslay back in the big chair. 34. “Rosemary, can I come in?” It was Philip, her husband. 35. We are going to have a little chat. 36. Philip smiled his charming smile. 37. This is my friend, Miss... 38. Will Miss Smith excuse us? 39. “As a matter of fact,” he said, “I wanted you to come into the library for a moment. 40. Rosemary, laughing, leaned against the door and said: “I picked her up in the street.” 41. “Oh, I'm so sorry,” he said, as if apologizing, and stopped and stared. 42. The bif eyes were raised to him , but Rosemary answered for her: “Of course she will”, and they went out of the room together. 43. She asked me for a price of a cup of tea and I brought her home with me. 44. Explain, who is she? What does it all mean? 45. But what on earth are you going to do with her? 46. We haven't talked yet. 47. “Congratulations!” Philip sounded as though he were joking. 48. I don't know how. 49. “Pretty?” Rosemary was so surprised that she blushed. 50. She can't be more than twenty. 51. But let me know if Miss Smith is going to dine with us. 52. “But,” said Philip slowly, and he cut the end of a cigar, “she's so extremely pretty.” 53. Just show her – treat her – make her feel -. 54. Look again, my child. 55. Her heart beat like a heavy bell. 56. Do you think so? I – I hadn't thought about it. 57. She opened a drawer, took out five pound noteslooked at them, put two back, and holding the three in her hand, went back to her bedroom. 58. Rosemary came over and sat down on his knee. 59. It cost twenty-eight guineas. 60. “I only wanted to tell you,” said she, and she leaned against the door again, “Miss Smith won't dine with us tonight.” 61. I saw a wonderful little box today. 62. Half an hour later Philip was still in the library, when Rosemary came in. 63. “Philip,” she whispered, “am I pretty?” 64. “You can, little wasteful one,” said he. 65. Philip put down the paper. 66. I couldn't keep her against her will, could I? she added softly. 67. Oh, what's happened? Previous engagement? 68. She went to her writing-room and sat down at her desk. 69. “She insisted on going,” she said, “ so I gave the poor little thing a present of money.” 70. There was a pause. 



                                                                                                       The last leaf


1. In November a cold, unseen sranger, whom the doctors called Pneumonia, went from place to place in the district where they lived, touching people here and there with his icy fingers. 2. At the top of an old brick house in New York two young painters Sue and Johnsy had their studio. 3. Some time later they found a roomthat was suitable for a studio and began to live even more economically than before. 4. After examining Johnsy one morning the doctor called Sue out of the room and gave her a prescription, saying: “I don't want to frighten you, but at present she has one chance in, let us say, ten, and that chance is for her to want to live. 5. Mr. Pneumonia was not what you would call a kind old gentleman. 6. They had met in a cheap restaurant and soon descovered that though their characters differed, their views on life and art were the same. 7. It was hardly fair of him to pick out a litle woman like Johnsy who was obviously unfit to stand the strain of the suffering, but he did, and she lay on her narrow bed, with no strength to move, looking at the next brick house. 8. If you could somehow get her to ask one question about the new winter styles in hats, I would promise you a one-in-five chance for her. 9. As soon as she could manage to check her tears, she walked gaily back into the room, whistling a merry tune. 10. But your little lady has made up her mind that she isn't going to get well, and if a patient loses interest in life, it takes away 50 per cent from the power of medecine. 11. What was there to count? 12. Sue looked out of the window. 13. She was looking out of the window and counting – counting backward. 14. Johnsy lay with her eyes towards the window. 15. An old grape-vine climbed half way up the brick wall16She went quickly to the bedside. 17. There was only the blank side of the brick house twenty feet away. 18. «Six”, said Johnsy almost in a whisper. 19. The cold autumn winds had blown off its leaves until it was almost bare. 20. She arranged her drawing board and began working. 21. They're falling faster now, I can hardly keep up with them. 22. Soon she heard a low sound, several time repeated. 23. “What is it, dear?” asked Sue. 24. There are only five left now. 25. Didn't the doctor tell you? 26. When the last one goes, I must go too. 27. Thinking that Johnsy was asleep, Sue stopped whistling. 28. After the doctor had gone, Sue went out into the hall and cried. 29. There goes another one. 30. I've known that for three days. 31. How can the doctor have told me such nonsense? 32. “You needn't buy any more wine,” said Johnsy with her eyes still on the window. 33. I'm tired of waiting. 34. I must go and call Behrman to be my model. 35. However, he wasn't disappointed, and hoped he would some day paint a masterpiece. 36. He sincerely thought it his duty to protect the two girls upstairs. 37. I want to see the last one fall before it gets dark. 38. Meantime he earned his living by doing various jobs, often serving as a model to those young painters who could not pay the price of a professional. 39. Will you promise me to keep your eyes closed and not look at those leaves until I come back? 40. He was past sixty and had been a painter for forty years, but he hadn't achieved anything in art. 41. «Johnsy, dear,” said Sue, bending over her. 42. Old Behrman was a painter who lived on the ground floor below them. 43. I can't keep her from looking at those leaves! 44. Who said I wouldn't pose for you? 45. This isn't a place for Miss Johnsy to be ill in! 46. And I can't draw the curtains in the daytime. 47. “What!” the old man shouted. 48. Sue found Behrman in his poorly-lighted room and told him of Johnsy's fancy, and that she didn't know how to handle the situation. 49. And she walked towards the door with her chin in the air. 50. But I think you're a nasty old – old -. 51. I need the light for my work! 52. I wish I hadn't asked you. 53. No, I won't pose for you! 54. “Very well, Mr Behrman,” Sue said, “If you don't want to pose for me, you needn't”. 55. Then they looked ateach other without speaking. 56. Some day I'll paint a masterpiece, and we'll all go away! 57. A cold rain was falling, mixed with snow. 58. Sue and Behrman looked out of the window at the grape-vine. 59. “Open the curtains; I want to see!” she commanded in a whisper. 60. Johnsy was asleep when they went upstairs. 61. The rain was beating against the windows and a strong wind was blowing, but one leaf still stood out against the brick wall. 62. When it was light enough, Johnsy ordered Sue to open the curtains. 63. It was the last on the vine. 64. And then with the coming of the night the north wind blew again with with greater forse, and the rain still beat against the windows. 65. The vine leaf was still there. 66. A cold rain was falling, mixed with snow. 67. It hung bravely from a branch about twenty feet above the ground. 68. The day wore away, and even through the twilight they could see the lonely leaf on its branch against the wall. 69. I've been a bad girl, Sue.70. The doctor came in the afternoon and said Johnsy was out of danger. 71. His name's Behrman – some kind of artist, I believe. 72. You may bring me a little soup now and some milk with a little port wine in it, and – no, bring me a hand-mirror first and pack some pillows about me, I want to sit and watch you cook. 73. Something has made that last leaf stay there to show me how wicked I was when I wanted to die. 74. “And now I must see another patient downstairs,” he added. 75. Johnsy lay for a long time looking at it and then said. 76. He's a weak old man and there's obviously no hope for him. 77. Ah, darling, it's Behrman's masterpiece – he painted it there the night the last leaf fell. 78. “I've something to tell you, white mouse,” she said. 79. The janitor found him in the morning of the first day in his room helpless with pain. 80. Didn't you wonder why it never moved when the wind blew? 81. He was only ill two days, so he didn't suffer long. 82. I got a note this morning. 83. They couldn't imagine where he had been on such a terrible night. 84. Mr. Behrman died of pneumonia in hospital. 85. His shoes and clothes were wet through and icy cold. 86. And then they found a lantern still lighted, and a ladder that had been taken from its place, and some brushes lying here and there, and green and yellow paint, and – look out of the window, dear, at the last leaf on the wall. 87. Next day Sue came to the bed where Johnsy lay and put one arm around her. 



                                                                                              A custom house incident


1. He is the author of several novels, stories and screen-scripts. 2. I think we may have changed half a dozen words at dinner, when passing one another the sugar or the bread. 3. I am quite sure that had she been an even slightly attractive woman, I should not have gone up to her, but she was so ugly, and looked so helpless that I approached her, and said. 4. And then our acquaintance really began, and it began entirely on my initiative. 5. Would you like him to put your cases on it too? 6. The porters were passing her by. 7. I only noticed her when passing down the corridor, because of her really remarkable plainness. 8. She was rather a large, awkward woman of about thirty-five with a big, red nose, and large spectacles. 9. My porter has a barrow. 10. There were plenty of porters, and I called one without difficulty from the window of the train. 11. Nigel Balchin, a modern English writer, was born in 1908. 12. Among the passengers travelling home by train from Florence there was a certain Miss Bradley. 13. Later on, when I went to the dining-car, Miss Bradley was already seated, and the attendant placed me opposite her. 14. But they were certainly all we exchanged, and after we left the dining-car, I did not see Miss Bradley again until we reached Calais Maritime. 15. But as I got off, I saw Miss Bradley standing on the platform with two large very old suit-cases. 16. Miss Bradley turned and looked at me. 17. She had never been out of England before. 18. Miss Bradley was travelling by the ordinary boat train, so this would mean that we should part at Dover. 19. I learned that she had been in Italy a fortnight, visiting her sister who was married to an Italian. 20. Before the boat had been under way for ten minutes, I realized that Miss Bradley was a remarkable bore. 21. When the boy asked if we were going on the Golden Arrow, I hesitated and then said “Yes”. 22. Shyly and hesitantly she kept on talking about nothing, and made no remark worth taking notice of. 23. It is very kind of you. 24. I did not look forward to travelling to London with her for another four hours, so excusing myself I went along to the booking-office on board the boat and booked myself a seat on the Golden Arrow. 25. It was too difficult to explain that one of us was and and one of us wasn't, and then it would get Miss Bradley through the customs quickly. 26. This is all yours? 27. The boy, of course, had put our suit-cases together on the counter, and Miss Bradley and I went and stood before them. 28. I was not quite sure whether he was speaking to me, or me and Miss Bradley. 29. But are you travelling together? 30. We're just sharing a porter. 31. So I replied, “Well – mine and this lady's. 32. As we went towards the Customs Hall, I explained carefully to her that my train left before hers, but that I would see her through the customs;the boy would then take the luggage to our trains, and she could sit comfortably in hers till it left. 33. At Dover I hired one of the crew to carry our luggage. 34. When the boy asked if we were going on the Golden Arrow, I hesitated and then said “Yes”. 35. Normally, passengers for the Golden Arrow are dealt with by the customs first, as the train leaves twenty minutes before the ordinary boat train. 36. “For the moment,” I said rather foolishly, smiling at Miss Bradley. 37. Well, no. Not exactly. We're just sharing a porter. 38. Is this your joint luggage? 39. I hesitated for a moment, but then decided it was no use waiting for Miss Bradley since we were about to part, so I said. 40. We shook hands and I left. 41. Well, I'll say good-bye now, and go and find my train. 42. I found my seat in the Golden Arrow and began to read. 43. Oh... good-bye and thank you so much. 44. I asked him rather what he had been doing. 45. Well, they'd found forty watches when I came away, and that was only the start, so I thought maybe you wouldn't want me to wait. 46. I pointed my cases out. 47. I expect the examiner'll come back and do you next. 48. It must have been about twenty minutes later that I suddenly realized the train was due to leave in twenty minutes and that the porter had not yet brought my luggage. 49. Without asking me to open them, the examiner chalked the cases and then, instead of moving to my left and dealing with Miss Bradley, moved to the right, and began X-raying somebody else's luggage. 50. They are going through her things properly. 51. Looking back, I think she must have chosen me. 52. “The lady is still there,” said the boy, “and will be for some time, I think”. 53. The porter will stay and bring our luggage up to the trains when you're through. 54. I am quite sure she never made the slightest effort to make my acquaintance. 55. I have often wondered whether, when Miss Bradley stood so helplessly on the platform at Calais, she had already chosen me as the person to come to her rescue, or whether she was just sure that somebody would. 56. I was just going to look for him when he appeared, breathing heavily, with my suit-cases. 57. I had nothing to declare and declared it.


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