A:The face of that man is familiar to me. I seem to know him.
B: ... .
A: That tall man of forty-four, perhaps, with coarse features.
B: ... .
B: ... .
A: Wrong again! Look to the right at the man of your size a in brown suit with broad shoulders. He has a very uncommon face.
B: ... .
A: Just that very man! Don’t you find there’s something about him that makes him look sleepy?
B: ... .
A: Somehow I connect him with Michael. He seems to have recognized us too. He is coming towards us.
| - Is it the man in uniform with a tooth-brush moustache?
- How could we possibly forget him. It’s Michael’s father-in-law, Mr. Brown.
- Do you mean the stout gentleman with a fleshy and pale face touched with colour only at the thick hanging lobes of his ears? The one who has just broken into laughter?
- Who exactly?
- It is his heavy-lidded eyes and the disorder of his scanty (недостаточный, скудный) hair.
- That one who has very red hair with a bald patch (плешь) on the crown?
Say what you have learnt about Damien. In the dialogue B’s responses have become mixed up. Indicate their correct position by putting a number in the brackets (the first one has been done for you).
A: So that’s your friend, Damien.
B: (1) I’ve known him for ages. We used to go to school together.
A: What’s he like?
B: ( ) Well ... perhaps I’d better introduce him to you ... .
A: I thought you said he has a tendency to be aggressive.
B: ( ) Aristocratic? Damien? Maybe he gives that impression... yes, now you mention it, he does have an arrogant streak.
A: There’s a touch of the aristocratic about him, I find...
B:( ) Yes, I think he takes after his father, who was well-known for his bad temper.
A: I don’t mean that exactly. I think there’s something quite distinguished about him.
B:( ) He’s the quiet type, but he’s not as shy as he seems... I’m quite fond of him.
A: Oh, yes please!
10. Work in groups. Characterize the people that are being described. Make use of the following words and word combinations from the box.
I’m an active and a) ... person – I b) ... just sitting around doing nothing. It just makes me c) ... and restless. But I know what I want, and I think I’ve got what it takes to achieve my d) ... . Does that make me sound horribly e) ... and selfish? I hope not!
| goals impatient can’t bear ambitious energetic
I’m the kind of person who knows how a) ... . I suppose you would call me b) ..., but it’s more than that. I actually believe in a calm, cool, c) ... approach to life and I can’t bear unnecessary d) … and pressure. I believe in being e) ... and taking life as it comes… .
| anxiety fun-loving to have a good time sociable easy-going
My problem can be summarized in one word: a) ... . I just don’t have enough. I’m b) ... with other people, who must think I’m boring and stupid sometimes. c)... of confidence also makes me d) ...: I spend days trying to make up my mind what to do about quite simple things. I’m told I sometimes look e) ..., but in fact I like being with other people... .
| indecisive shy self-confidence moody lack
How do I see myself? Well, I’m a) ... and disorganized – some would say b) ...! But I’ve got quite a lot of c) ..., really, and I’ve got ideas. I’m a hardworker too when I’m doing something I’m interested in. I’m not very d) ... when it comes to public speaking but I quite enjoy being e) ..., and I don’t get in the least bit f) ... .
| absent-minded articulate nervous forgetful the centre of attention willpower
11. Find and read those parts of the text which express the following viewpoints:
1. When the author heard the Frenchmen insulting the American tourists he decided to interfere because they were unfair to them.
2. The Europeans had a high opinion about American tourists.
3. The author admits that 70 percent of American tourists are blameworthy.
4. The author objects to those who says that 100 percent of a certain nationality behave in a certain way because it is not true to the fact.
5. The author seems to suggest that not all people of the same nationality have the same ‘national character’.
The ways of tourists are strange, and one afternoon as I sat in the Plaza Mayor, I heard some Frenchmen at the next table tearing Americans apart. To the first barrage of criticism, I could not logically protest: Americans were uncultured, lacked historical sense, were concerned only with business, had no sensitivity and ought to stay at home. The second echelon of abuse I did want to interrupt, because I felt that some of it was wide of the mark: Americans were all loud, had no manners, no education, no sense of proportion, and were offensively vulgar in dress, speech, eating habits and general comportment, but I restrained myself because, after all, this was a litany one heard throughout Europe, here expressed rather more succinctly than elsewhere.
Sitting as quietly as my French companions would permit, I tried to discover what my true feelings were in this matter of honest description. In my travels, I had never met any single Americans as noisy and crude as certain Germans, none so downright mean as one or two Frenchmen, none so ridiculous as an occasional Englishman, and none so arrogant as some Swedes.
But in each of the national examples cited I am speaking only of a few horrible specimens. If one compares all English tourists with all Americans, I would have to admit that taken in the large the American is worse. If some European wanted to argue that seventy percent of all American tourists are regrettable, I would agree. If he claimed ninety, I suppose I wouldn’t argue too much. But when like the Frenchman on my left he states that one hundred percent are that way, then I must accuse him of being false to the facts.
James Michener Iberia 2