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3. Reproduce the situations in which the phrases from the list occur.

4. a) Write out of the text all the adjectives and adverbs describing:

1) appearance;

2) smile.

b) Find in the text sentences with the verbs:

walk, saunter, stroll, wander; step, tiptoe.

Look up these verbs in the dictionary and explain the difference in their meaning.

B. Speech Exercises 1. Explain what is meant by the following sentences and comment on them:

1. Its rather flattering. You know, its a most extraordinary thing 2. I dont know whats coming to the English. The British Empire! 3. It was the beginning of a new adventure.

4. Its a cast-iron part. She cant really go wrong in it.

5. I want to get down to brass tacks.

6. You dont know the difference between truth and make-believe.

7. My greatest wish in the world is that you should be happy You must seek your own salvation, I see that. 2. Find the following allusions in the text and say what you know about them:

Connaught Square; the Edgware Road, Oxford Street; Cockney; Charlie Chaplin; St.

Malo; Cambridge.

3. Explain the meaning of the proverb let bygones be bygones and comment on how it is used in the text.

4. Make-up key-questions that will cover the contents of the chapters under study.

5. Points for discussion:

1. Julias talk with Evie;

2. Julias attempt to be picked up;

3. Julia and rehearsals:

a) Julias attitude to rehearsals;

b) The impression the way Avice acted her part made on Michael;

c) Julias reasons for wishing to keep Avice in the cast.

4. Describe the events of Nowadays. What was it about 5. Discuss Rogers arrival from Austria and the conversation between him and his mother:

a) the subject that Michael had invited Julia to discuss with Roger;

b) Rogers attitude to his mother and father;

c) the state Roger was in when he, a fourteen-year-old boy was standing one night in the wings watching Julias act. What happened after that d) Roger said that acting was second nature to Julia. What did he mean by that e) the impression Rogers words made on Julia;

f) Roger and his parents belonged to different generations. Do you think there was a generation gap between them Is there a generation gap between you and your parents Unit 10: Chapters 28-Vocabulary notes:

1. knack n a skill or an ability to do smth lazily or well 2. breeze n a light gentle wind breeze vi infml to move or go quickly and in a carelessly confident way 3. puberty n the stage in a persons life when they develop from a child into a adult because of changes in their body that make them able to have children 4. nonchalant adj behaving in a calm manner; nonchalance n 5. mew vi, n (to make) the soft crying sound of a cat mews a building which was used in the past for keeping horses and is now used as a house 6. rattle vt to worry or make nervous 7. chaff [ta:f] v old-fash infml to make fun of (someone) in a friendly way 8. irrevocable [revkbl] adj that cannot be changed once it has been started or made 9. embrace v to take and hold someone in the arms as a sign of love 10. dote v dote on/upon smb to show great fondness for, esp. in a way that seems foolish 11. stroke vt to move a hand, another part of the body gently over smth 12. hop v to make small jumps on one or two feet 13. denouement [denu:ma:] n the end of a story, or the end result of a situation 14. conjurer [knr] n a person, esp. a professional entertainer who does conjuring tricks to amuse others 15. odious adj fml extremely unpleasant, causing and deserving hate 16. naughty adj (esp. of children) behaving badly and not being obedient 17. conceited adj having too high an opinion of oneself; extremely proud of oneself 18. subtlety [stlt] n a small but important detail 19. rejoice vi fml or literary to feel or show great happiness about smth 20. elation n the state of being filled with excited pride and joy A. Training Exercises 1. Find in the text English equivalents for the following words and expressions and reproduce the contexts in which they occur:

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2. Explain the meaning of the following phrases:

to break into; to get/have smbs knife into/in someone; to wipe the floor with smb; to look/feel like a million dollars; to put a spoke in someones wheel.

3. Reproduce the situations in which the phrases from the list occur.

4. Put the verb in brackets in the right form, infinitive with or without -to:

1. Julia was not really sorry to see him _ (go).

2. It make her _ (feel) very uncomfortable.

3. What would you advise me _ (do) 4. I have heard actors _ (speak) it so that it was indistinguishable from prose.

5. I should hate him _ (be) an actor if thats what you mean.

6. She had expected him _ (be) more sympathetic.

7. It was enchanting to be alone and allow her mind _ (wander).

8. Ring up the Berkeley and tell them _ (keep) a table for one in the little room.

9. Nothing. Let him _ (be). Thats probably the greatest kindness you can do him.

10. He had asked her _ (lunch) with him.

11. She wanted Roger _ (be) proud of her.

12. Michael had invited her _ (discuss) with Roger this problem.

13. He had urged her _ (put) before him the advantages of the Foreign Office.

B. Speech Exercises 1. Find reference in the text to the following names and say what you know about them:

Sardou; DAnnuzio; the Queen of Scots.

2. Discuss the following:

1. Why couldnt Julia dismiss from her mind the curious conversation she had had with Roger What made her feel very uncomfortable Who did she want to speak to about Roger Why 2. Describe the way Julia studied her part.

3. What was the dress-rehearsal like 4. What was the first thing Julia asked Charles when they were sitting in the Grill Room of the Savoy 5. Describe Julias talk with Charles about Roger. What did Julia tell him about her son What did Charles think of Roger and the young Do you agree with him or not 6. What did Rogers parents want him to do Why What and who influenced your choice of carrier 7. What effect did Charles words have on Julia 8. Describe the state Julia was in before a first night.

9. Who did Julia meet going home What was he like 10.What impression did Toms room make on Julia 11. Why did Julia change her attitude to Tom 12. Speak about Julias acting. What did she do What happened to Avice 13. Who came to congratulate Julia Why do you think Julia decided to be alone that evening Where did she go How did she feel What did she eat 14. Give a detailed account of Julias thoughts in the restaurant.

15. Comment upon Julias words:

a) All the worlds stage, and all the men and women merely players.

b) Its we, the actors, who are the realityThey are our raw material.

Do you agree with her What kind of woman do you think Julia was Suggested Topics for the Panel Discussion of the Book (or a Written Composition) 1. W.S. Maugham, his life and literary career.

2. Comment on the title connecting it with the contents of the novel.

3. Give a character sketch of Julia Lambert:

a) Julia and her family:

b) Julia and Tom;

c) Julia and Dolly;

d) Julia and Charles;

e) Julia as an actress and as a person.

4. Give a character sketch of Michael.

5. Give a character sketch of Tom Fennel.

6. Give a character sketch of Roger.

7. Speak about Dolly de Vries and Charles Tamerley. What is the role of these characters in the novel 8. Speak about the minor characters of the novel: Evie, Joan Denver, Jimmie Langton, Avice Crichton. What is the role of these characters in the novel 9. Give your impression of the play you have seen recently.

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