Unit 8. You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine. Contents. Unit 8 You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine. Background Information Pre-reading Activities Organization of the Text Language Points Post-reading Activities. Background Information 1. William Saroyan(1908-1981).
You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
Unit 8 You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
(Knock at the door.)
H: Is there anybody in the house?
(The door is opened.)
S: Oh! (studying Homer’s eyes) You have a telegram? Who is it for?
H: Mrs. Rosa Sandoval, 1129 G Street. Are you Mrs. Sandoval?(Delivering the telegram.)
S: Please, please come in. I cannot read English. I am Mexican. I read only “La Prensa’ which comes from Mexico City. (She pauses a moment but continues before Homer can speak.) You must open the telegram and read it to me.
S: Who sent the telegram – my son Juan Domingo?
H: No, ma’am, the telegram is from the War Department.
S: War Department?
H: (Mumbling swiftly) Your son is dead. Maybe it’s a mistake. Everybody makes a mistake, Mrs. Sandoval. Maybe it wasn’t your son. Maybe it was somebody else. The telegram says it was Juan Domingo. But maybe the telegram is wrong.
S: (Pretending not to hear) Oh, don’t be afraid. Come inside, come inside. I will bring you candy.
(Mrs. Sandoval takes the boy’s arm, brings him to the table, and makes him sit down.)
(Homer takes a piece of candy, puts it into his mouth, and tries to chew.)
S: You would not bring me a bad telegram. You are a good boy – like my little Juanito when he was a little boy. Eat another piece. (She makes the boy take another piece of candy.) It is our own candy, made from cactus. I made it for my Juanito when he came home, but you eat it. You are my boy, too. (Suddenly she begins to sob, holding herself in as if weeping were a disgrace.)
H: (Feeling awkward, frustrated and embarrassed, murmuring to himself) What can I do? What can I do? I’m only the messenger.
The messenger (Homer) – delivered a telegram to Mr. Rosa Sandoval – felt a little awkward when seeing the old lady – read the telegram for the old lady – felt greatly sorry for the bad news that he brought that her son has been dead in the war – wanted to comfort the lady but felt out of his ability
The Mexican woman (Mrs. Rosa Sandoval) – shocked to see the messenger – asked the young man to read the telegram for her because she couldn't read English – pretended not to hear when the messenger read the bad news for her – offered the young man the candy and talked to him as if nothing happened – made the messenger in the embarrassment
1. He knew almostimmediatelythat someone was inside the house.
– Where are you going? The meeting will begin immediately.
2. …he was fingers.)mosteagerto see who this person would be…
– Sam will be most disappointed when they leave .
– Professor Smith is a most learned scholar, I should say.
– Mr. Young is eager to succeed in his field.
3. …who fingers.)was now tohear ofmurder in the world andto feel it in herself…
– I felt nervous because I was soon to leave home for the first time in my life.
– When we said goodbye, I thought it was forever. But we were to meet again, many years later, under very strange circumstances.
– Have you ever heard of a poet by the name of Prior?
– The librarian had never heard of the book I wanted.
4. The door was fingers.)nota long time opening…
– The movie isn’t bad.
5. …as if, fingers.)whoever she was…
– Information will be given to whoever inquires.
1. …so that now,after years of it, her lips were set in a gentle and saintly smile.
– His jaw was set firmly in anger.
2. …the appearance of a messenger at the front door is full of terribleimplications.
– Her face grew white immediately after understanding the implication of the news.
3. Homer knew that Mrs. Rosa Sandoval was full of terribleshocked to see him.
– Mrs. Ernest was shocked to find her daughter in bikini.
– The news was such a great shock that she dropped her cup.
– The shock of the bomb can be felt from a distance.
– Oh, how terrible !
– Oh, yeah?
– The doctor studied the shape of the wound.
1. His work was to deliver telegrams.
– I’d like you to deliver a message for me.
2. He felt said “Oh”…awkward and almost as if he alone were responsible for what had happened.
– The professor’s question was met with an awkward silence.
– She started painting just a year ago, so her painting are still awkward.
– The moisture is responsible for the rust.
– Who do you think is responsible for the failure of the experiment?
3. At the same time he wanted to said “Oh”…come right out and say…
– They will come right out and demand food if you don’t feed them.
4. …but it is only because it is my work to said “Oh”…do so.
– They say they will increase pensions. If they do so, it will make a bid difference to old folks.
1. Heextendedthe telegram to the Mexican woman…
– The hostess extended her hand in greeting.
– The subway will soon be extended to the suburbs.
– Thank you for the invitation you extended to me.
1. She paused a moment and looked at the boy…
– He paused to feel his key before shutting the door.
– The dying patient expressed his wills with pauses for breath.
1. But now the woman interrupted him.
– Unlike Chinese teachers, American teachers welcome students to interrupt the class with questions at any time .
– Sorry to interrupt but there is am emergency case, Dr. Samuel.
– The skyscraper interrupts our view of the river.
1. He opened the telegram with nervous fingers.
– The boy grew nervous when the girl he loved came near .
– I am nervous from having a large sum of cash on me.
2. …and tried to smooth it out. interrupted by heavy snow.
– The husband smoothed out the ball of crushed paper and read it.
1. “No, ma’am.” Homer said. “The telegram is from the War Department.”
– Those who are interested in the job please write to our Human Resources Department .
– How many departments are there in your university.
1. Homer said swiftly…
– Seeing no one around, the beggar took a loaf of bread from the counter swiftly.
1. …put it into his mouth, and tried to chew.
– I always have my steak well done, because I have no patience with chewing.
1. Now suddenly she began to sob,holding herself inas if weeping were adisgrace.
– Eventually their grief could be held in no longer .
– He was raging inside, but he held himself in.
– GOP leaders called him a disgrace to the party.
2. …and if she had asked him to his country.take the place of her son…
– Plastics have taken the place of many conventional materials.
– Remember always that nothing, not even the highest natural ability, will take the place of persistent hard work.
4. What the hell can I do? corrected…
1. When Homer knocked at the door to Mrs. Rosa Sandoval’s house _______
a. he knew that no one was at home.
b. he was eager to see who Mrs. Sandoval was.
c. he didn't know anything about the contents of the telegram.
d. he lost his sense of hearing momentarily.
2. Homer felt ________ about delivering the telegram to Mrs. Sandoval.
a. awkward b. blameless c. angry d. happy
3. Mrs. Sandoval _______
a. didn't have any idea what was in the telegram.
b. knew that the message was not a welcome one.
c. was expecting good news in the telegram.
d. knew that the telegram was from his son.
4. Before he opened the telegram, Homer ________
a. didn't know what news was in it.
b. wondered what news was in it.
c. knew what news was in it.
d. didn't care what news was in it.
5. Homer read the telegram to Mrs. Sandoval because ______
a. he wanted to.
b. she couldn't read English.
c. she was crying and couldn't read it.
d. it was his duty as a messenger to do so.
6. Mrs. Sandoval was _______ Homer because of the news in the telegram.
a. angry with b. sorry for
c. afraid of d. doubtful about
7. Homer knew he would stay with Mrs. Sandoval for a short time because _______
a. it was his duty to do so.
b. she was crying.
c. he wanted to be her son.
d. he wanted to make her less unhappy.
8. Mrs. Sandoval pretended not to hear when Homer read her the telegram. This is because ________
a. when the truth is too painful, people tend to disbelieve it.
b. her mind simply rejected it as impossible
c. she wanted to give Homer a piece of her own candy first.
d. she wanted Homer to read the telegram once again.
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