Morality_Play_Chapter_14_1


Barry Unsworth “Morality Play”
Chapter 14
1. Contextualize the words and word combinations to follow
men in attendance (стр. 152, 2 абзац, 1 с.) – стражники
narrow and dimly lit (152, 2, 4) – узкие, тускло освещенные
to shuffle away into the darkness (152, 2, 7 снизу) – прошаркать в темноту
to clamour (153, 1, 1) – гнаться
a closet adjoining this (153,01,05) – чулан, прилегающий к
belligerent (153, 3, 3) – воинствующий
vagabond (153, 4, 2) – бродячий
in passing
to take the leash from one’s tongue (154, 1, 4) – дать волю языку
a look of bareness and severity (154, посл. с.) – взгляд безразличия и суровости
exaggerated courtesy (155, 3, 3) – преувеличенная учтивость
prudence (155, посл. с.) – благоразумие
muffled (156, 2, 4 снизу) – приглушенный
servile man – рабский, подобострастный
alarmed rustle of one’s breath (159, 1, 3) – встревоженный шорох дыхания
to come bustling forward (159, 2, 1) – вбежать в спешке
hasty and clumsy (159, 2, 4) – торопливый и неуклюжий
to snatch words from the air (159, 2, посл.с.) – выхватывать слова из воздуха
supplication (160, 2, посл. с.) – мольба, просьба
to be hauled off and hanged (160, 3, посл. с.) – вытащить и повесить
impediment (161, 2, 3) – помеха, препятствие
to keep one’s dominion (161, 3, посл. с.) – иметь господство, власть
arraignment (162, 1, 4) – привлечение к суду, обвинение
to upbraid (162, 2, 5 снизу) – бранить, упрекать
fugitive (163, 3, 4) – беглый
to perform the office (163, 5, 1) – совершать таинство, проводить службу
to repent the sins (164, 2, 5) – раскаиваться в прегрешениях
incongruous (164, 2, 3 снизу) – несовместимый, неподходящий
to grope one’s way (165, 3, 4) – пробираться на ощупь
to descend the stairs (166, 1, посл. с.) – спускаться по лестнице
to be nimble and light of foot (167, 1, 2) – ловкий и легкий на ногу
to tumble (167, 1, 6) – кувыркаться
to jar one’s spine (167, 1, 7) – сотрясать позвоночник
2. Answer the questions to follow
1) Where were the players taken? What did Nicholas notice on their way to see Lord de Guise? Why seemed to be familiar to him?
2) What did they see in the chamber? What did Martin ask the guard about? How did the other players aid Martin? Why did the guard take offense? What did the argument result in?
3) How did Lord Richard de Guise look? Did he look welcoming and friendly? What play was meant to be performed? How did Lord de Guise amend the performance?
4) Were the players ready for the play of Thomas Wells? What amendments were made to their dress and accessories?
5) In which way did Stephen surprise everyone?
6) What did Martin do to change the play? Did the other players manage to catch up with his plan and act accordingly?
7) Which mask did Martin change into then? What new twist of plot did he introduce this way? What lines did he speak?
8) Who interrupted the play? What urgent matter prompted Lord de Guise to stop the performance? Where was Nicholas taken?
9) What did Nicholas witness in the room of the dying knight?
10) What did Nicholas use the confusion and the rustle caused by the death of the knight for? Where did the passage take him?
11) Did he manage to leave the castle unnoticed?
3. Discuss
1) Do you agree with Martin that it is crucial to speak the truth even when facing mortal danger? Would you act the same way or prefer to play safe?
2) Do you frown on Nicholas’s abandoning his counterparts? What prompted him to take leave?
3) Make up a list of the findings related to Thomas Wells’s murder? Judging by these facts, who seems to be responsible for the death of the boy?

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