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Урок 17. Great expectations
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens was a very popular and talented English novelist of the Victorian Era.
He was born in 1812 in a poor English family. Charles had many brothers and sisters but he preferred reading to playing with children.
When Charles was 10 years old, his family moved to London where his father got into debt. Soon his father was put into prison that’s why Charles had to start working.
He worked at a small factory in London, pasting labels on bottles. The boy had to work in dreadful conditions for 2 years.
Then Dickens in 1824 managed to go to school for some time, however he didn’t learn much there. He liked studying at home by his own or with the help of his father.
Later Charles worked as a clerk in a lawyer’s office and at the age of 25 he wrote his first sketch which was soon published by a magazine. Then the magazine published nine other sketches all of which had a great success. The sketches became Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1836).
Since then Charles Dickens devoted himself entirely to literature. He wrote such famous novels as «Oliver Twist», «Dombey and Son», «David Copperfield» and «Great Expectations». All of his books are interesting and humorous even if they often describe the hard life of poor people.
Charles Dickens died in 1870. He was one of the greatest English novelists whose books are still read all over the world.
The main character of the novel «Great Expectations», written in 1860, is a poor orphan boy Pip. In the beginning of the novel he meets a prisoner.
Listen to the episode about the meeting of Pip and the convict.
Pip came to the grave of his parents which was not far from the steeple and a church porch.
Suddenly he saw a fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg.
On his head he had a rag, his clothes were torn, soaked and smothered in mud.
The convict was lame, his legs stung be nettles
He was limping, shivering with cold, glaring and growling. His teeth chattered.
The man seized Pip by the chin. The boy trembled and pleaded not to kill him. He pointed to the village and said he lived there.
The man took his bread and ate it ravenously, while Pip was sitting timidly on the tombstone trembling with fear.
The man told Pip to bring him some food and a file. He tilted the boy, speaking in a threatening manner.
The poor boy muttered that he would do everything.