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Lesson 11. The Midnight Visitor. Introduction to the text. Plot : Ausable appears helpless, but he gets rid of his deadly enemy without lifting a finger. Setting : a French hotel room Protagonists : Ausable, Fowler, Max and a waiter. Structure of the text.

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Lesson 11

Lesson 11

The Midnight Visitor

Introduction to the text
Introduction to the text

  • Plot: Ausable appears helpless, but he gets rid of his deadly enemy without lifting a finger.

  • Setting: a French hotel room

  • Protagonists: Ausable, Fowler, Max and a waiter

Structure of the text
Structure of the text

  • Part 1 (paras.1-5 ) about:Who Ausable is. & why Fowler wants to see him.

  • Part 2 (paras. 6-16 ) about:The unexpected visit of Ausable’s adversary Max.

  • Part 3 (paras.17-26 ) about:How Ausable outwits Max and makes him jump on the “balcony”.

Language study
Language study

  • 1. blink:v. to shut and open the eyes quickly

  • blink at sb.

  • blink one’s eyes

  • blink away one’s tears: to try to hide tears by

  • blinking

  • blink the fact that…: to refuse to consider; ignore

  • Examples:

  • Why are you blinking at me constantly?

  • The little girl blinked away her tears, and

  • stood up quickly.

2 command
2. command

  • Examples:

  • The officer commanded his men to fire.

  • The officer commanded that his men (should) fire.

  • You’d better learn to command yourself/ your temper.

3 confounded
3. confounded

  • adj.a. damned; used to show you are annoyed

  • b. confused

  • Examples:

  • You’re a confounded nuisance.

  • A group of confounded customers surrounded the counter.

4 disillusioned
4. disillusioned

  • adj. feeling disappointed and unhappy

  • because sb./sth. is not as good as you thought

  • disillusioned with sb./sth.

  • Examples:

  • Disillusioned Susan decided to forget the man she had loved for many years.

  • He was disillusioned with life in many aspects.

5 stiffly adv without being able to move one s body
5. stiffly adv. without being able to move one’s body

  • Example:

  • The old man bent down stiffly.

  • stiffadj.a. difficult to bend; rigid; not flexible

  • b. thick and hard to stir

  • c. hard; difficult

  • d. severe; tough

  • e. (of a price) too high

  • f. (of a breeze) blowing strongly

  • g. (of an alcoholic drink) strong

  • h. not friendly

6 extend
6. extend

  • v.a. to continue for a particular distance or a period of time

  • b. to stretch out the body or a limb at full length

  • c. to offer

  • Examples:

  • My boss agreed to extend my stay in

  • HongKong for a few days.

  • The bird extended its wings in flight.

  • The queen extended a warm welcome to the

  • distinguished guest from afar.

7 hesitate
7. hesitate

  • v. to be slow in deciding

  • hesitate at/about/over sth.

  • hesitate to do sth.

  • Examples:

  • She is a girl who hesitates at nothing.

  • You can hesitate before replying.

  • Don’t hesitate to tell me if you have any problem.

8 slip

  • v.a. to give sb. sth. quietly and secretly

  • b. to slide accidentally

  • c. to go somewhere quietly and quickly, in

  • order not to be noticed

  • Examples:

  • The thief slipped the watch into his pocket.

  • The little girl slipped (on the ice), but she laughed.

  • A man slipped out by the back door.

9 figure
9. figure

  • Examples:

  • He has an annual income of six figures.

  • The blackboard is covered with geometrical figures like squares and triangles.

  • I saw a figure approaching in the darkness.

  • Alexander the Great is a great historical figure.

10 check on
10. Check on

  • check (up) on sb.: to investigate one’s behavior, background

  • check (up) on sth.: to examine sth. to discover whether it is true/safe/correct

  • Examples:

  • The police are checking on the man.

  • The police are checking on the fingerprints on file.

11 raise the devil with
11. Raise the devil with

  • to behave in an angry and threatening

  • way

  • Examples:

  • She raised hell when she found she had been cheated.

  • He raised the devil with me when I received a call from my ex-boyfriend.

12 take chances
12. Take chances

  • to behave riskily

  • Example:

  • Don’t take your chances when driving a car.


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