I served in five different camps and in my last one I met two sisters, Alice and Sylvia. The farmer placed Sylvia, Alice and me beside one another in a line on a potato field. I was highly attracted to Alice's shy personality and extremely captivating looks. Sadly, she was engaged! Then, autumn came and we had to part. The sisters travelled to their hometown and I decided to stay in Britain. After a year I received a letter from Alice in which she told me that she and her fiancé had split up. I was thankful in my head for her bravery to dare to write to me. We started writing to each other and after a time I went to her hometown and proposed to her. She accepted. When Alice and I look back, we think that we have been very fortunate. Alice is now seventy-eight and I am eighty-three, and I must say that I have loved her ever since the day we met in that field.
I. READING COMPREHENSION
ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-3 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
- 1. How did the narrator manage to get a visa to work in England? PAR.1
- 2. What was the narrator attracted to when he met Alice? PAR.2
- 3. How did they get in touch again? PAR.2
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH THE PRECISE WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT, OR USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
4. The narrator says that the summer of 1950 was splendid and rather dry.
- TRUE: "When Alice and I look back, we think that we have been very fortunate. Alice is now seventy-eight and I am eighty-three, and I must say that I have loved her ever since the day we met in that field." (Lines 14-15)
II. USE OF ENGLISH6. FIND IN THE TEXT ONE SYNONYM FOR "timid" (adjective).
- She complained about her trip to Canada.
- depart / set off / set up / leave
I've been playing chess for thirty years.
- I started playing chess thirty years ago.
The agricultural camps were excellently organised by the Ministry of Farming.
seeing I looking to am forward you
- If she hadn't written to me, I would never have known the news.