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Дом IV. Make up disjunctive questions or wrong statements covering the contents of the story and ask your comrades to respond to them (see Unit One, Ex. IV, p. 22).
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I. Translate the following sentences or parts of sentences from the text:)

1. Not that the lust to kill had suddenly descended on her, or that she felt she would leave India safer and more wholesome than she had found it, with one wild beast less per million inhabitants. 2. ... only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of press photographs could successfully counter that sort of thing. 3. ... with a tiger-

skin rug occupying most of the foreground and all of the conversation. 4. ... and it so happened that a neighbouring village could boast of being the favoured rendezvous of an animal which had been driven by old age to abandon game-killing and confine its appetite to the smaller domestic animals. 5. A goat, gifted with a particularly persistent bleat such as even a partially deaf tiger might be reasonably expected to hear on a still night, was tied to a stake at the correct distance. 6. With an accurately sighted rifle and a thumb-nail pack of the sportswomen awaited the appearance of the tiger. 7. "Hush!" said Mrs. Packletide, and at that moment the tiger commenced ambling towards his victim. 8. "Now, now!" urged Miss Mebbin with some excitement. 9. The rifle .flashed out with a loud report, and the great tawny beast sprang to one side and then rolled over in the stillness of death. 10. ... the villagers, anxious for their thousand rupees, gladly connived at the fiction that she had shot the beast. 11. ... and it seemed a fitting and appropriate thing when Mrs. Packletide went to the County Costume Ball in the character of Diana. 12. ... said Miss Mebbin with her disagreeably pleasant smile.

II. Find English equivalents in the text for the following Russian word combinations, phrases and sentences:

она только об этом и говорила; подарить кому-л. брошь из тигрового когтя; дать обед в честь кого-л.; ... чтобы он довольствовался этим местом охоты; в тихую ночь; быть в опасности; беспокоясь за свои деньги; а что касается кого-л.; костюмированный бал; она отказалась от заманчивого предложения (она не пошла на это); перепугать кого-л. до смерти; она побледнела; выдавать кого-л.; это очень дешево, почти даром!; перестать охотиться на крупного зверя; непредвиденные расходы

III. Reproduce situations from the text using the following word combinations:

1. to be governed by dislike of smb, to be carried eleven miles (in an aeroplane), to talk of nothing-else; 2. to give lunch in smb's honour, a tiger-skin rug, a tiger-claw brooch; 3. to offer a thousand rupees, to shoot a tiger without overmuch risk or exertion, to boast of smth, to be driven by old age, to abandon big-game killing; 4. the prospect of earning (a lot of money), to arouse smb's interest, on the outskirts of, to keep smb satisfied with smth, to die of old age, the date appointed for the shooting party; 5. moonlit and cloudless, on a still night, to be in danger, to be cut short, to catch sight of, to snatch a short rest, a loud (sudden) report; 6. to come running, to take up, to draw (smb's) attention to, to find no trace of smth, the wrong animal, to die of heart failure; 7. to be annoyed at smth, at any rate, to be anxious for, to connive at the fiction that, to spread far and wide, as for; 8. to fall in with a suggestion, a dance party, to be amused, to frighten smb to death, the colour left her face, to give smb away; 9. I'd rather buy ..., quite a bargain, to manage to do smth; 10. to give up big-game shooting, incidental expenses, to confide smth to smb

V. Answer the following questions:

1. Where is the scene set at the beginning (at the end) of the story? 2. Why did Mrs. Packletide wish to kill a tiger? 3. Why do you think she made up her mind to give a party in Loona Bimberton's honour? What did she intend to give Loona on her birthday? 4. How was the shooting party arranged? What kind of tiger was chosen for the purpose? In what way did the villagers help Mrs. Packletide shoot the tiger? 5. Who was Miss Mebbin? Was she really devoted to Mrs. Packletide? How did she behave during the shooting party? 6. Was Mrs. Packletide a good shot? What happened when she fired at the tiger? 7. Why did Miss Mebbin draw Mrs. Packle-tide's attention to the fact that the wrong animal had been killed by the rifle shot? How did the latter take the news? Did the villagers notice what had really happened? 8. Do you think Mrs. Packletide succeeded in revenging Loona Bimberton's achievements? 9. What suggestion was made to Mrs. Packletide a few days after the County Costume Ball? Why do you think Mrs. Packletide refused to fall in with the suggestion? 10. How did Miss Mebbin manage to get a week-end cottage? Why did she plant so many tiger lilies in her garden? 11. Why did Mrs. Packletide give up big-game shooting? 12. What is the author's attitude towards his characters? What traits of human nature does the author ridicule in the story?

VI. Find evidence in the text to support the following statements:

1. Mrs. Packletide was not a sportswoman, she had other reasons to go big-game shooting in India. 2. It was a stroke of luck for the villagers to have a wealthy lady shooting in the local jungle. 3. Mrs. Packletide's ambition was realized. 4. Miss Mebbin knew how to take advantage of Mrs. Packletide's confidence in her.

VII. Make up stories as they might have been told by:

a) Miss Mebbin: "How 1 helped Mrs. Packletide become popular." Suggested circumstances: Miss Mebbin doesn't like Mrs. Packletide and never misses a chance to make the most of her position as a paid companion.

b) The headman of the village: "We were lucky to get a chance to earn easy money."

Suggested circumstances: The headman of the village knows Mrs. Packletide is very rich and he is glad to get a chance to earn easy money. Besides he is sure there will be a lot of fun during the shooting party. Mrs. Packletide is no shot. He has to arrange everything so that she couldn't help but kill the tiger.

c) Mrs. Packletide: "My popularity was bought at too great a price."

Suggested circumstances: Mrs. Packletide is jealous of Loona's popularity and goes out of her way to surpass that lady's achievements. She does so but she has to pay too high a price for it.

VIII. Make up dialogues between:

1. Mrs. Packletide and the headman of the village. (They arrange for a shooting-party.)

2. Mrs. Packletide and her paid companion. (Miss Mebbin takes full advantage of Mrs. Packletide's mistake.)

3. Loona Bimberton and a lady-friend of hers. (Mrs. Packletide's success makes Loona furious.)