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PART I: The Cook


Read the text below and paraphrase the italicized parts of the sentences


by John Millington Ward


Peter Merrill stood at the door of the passenger-reception building of Rome Airport and watched the rapid approach of the Comet IV1that was carrying his wife.

Susan and he had been married three weeks before. A few days after their wedding she had had a telegram from home saying that her mother was ill. She had flown at once to London. He had been unable to go with her, for he was a teacher at the Parker Institute and it was the middle of the summer term2. So he had stayed alone, spending most of his spare time at his club because the emptiness of their bed-sitting room home at the Anconi Hotel depressed him.

He stood up now, as the passengers of the Comet began to come into the reception room. When Susan appeared he walked quickly to her and gave her a mighty hug.

“Hello, darling,” she said breathlessly, as he released her. “How are you?”

“Fine – now. You?”

“Yes. And very happy to be back.”

They took their place in the queue for the police and customs inspection.

She said: “Has anything exciting happened while I’ve been away?”

My contract has been extended for another year.”

“That’s very good news. I wanted to stay on here for a bit. Anything else?”

“I’ve had a new suit made. A light one for summer.”

“Good. You needed one. Anything else?”

He glanced at her quickly. “I’ve taken a furnished flat for us.”

Her eyes opened wide. “A flat? Good heavens! Where?”

“In the Via Margutta3. Just round the corner from the hotel.”

“Oh!” She frowned a little.

He looked at her again. “I hope I haven’t done the wrong thing. If we were going to be here only for the rest of this term, we could have stayed on in the hotel. But another full year there…I don’t think we could’ve stood it – in spite of the marvelous restaurant.”

She squeezed his arm. “Of course. You’re quite right. It’s only that – oh, wait a minute, it’s my turn now.” She moved forward and gave her passport to the police official.

When she had finished with the formalities, Peter picked up her two suitcases. They went out of the building and walked towards their car.

He said: “What were you going to say about the flat? You don’t seem very happy about it.”

“Oh, darling,” she said at once, “of course I’m happy about it. It’s just that I’m a bit frightened.”

He stared at her. “Frightened? Whatever of?”

“The cooking. I wasn’t brought up very well. I can’t cook.”

He laughed. “Is that all? I know you can’t. You told me, when we got engaged. It doesn’t matter at all. I’ll teach you.”

“You? Can you cook?”

“Oh yes,” he said grandly. “I can cook.”

“Well, well,” she said. “We don’t know very much about each other yet, do we? All right, I’ll try to be a quick pupil. You mustn’t spend your time in the kitchen.”

He said: “We haven’t got to eat all the time at home. We’ll always have the Anconi Restaurant up our sleeve4. We can go there whenever we want a change.”

“We can,” she said, “but with a flat of our own we oughtn’t to do that very often. When do we move in?”

“We’re already in,” he said. “We’re going there now. And I’ll cook lunch. We’re going to have rissoles.”

“Well, well,” she said again. “Life is full of surprises, isn’t it?”

It took them an hour to get from the airport to the Via Margutta. Peter parked the car outside a block of flats. They ascended in the lift to their new home.

“You have a look around,” said Peter, as he put the suitcases down in the hall. “Lunch’ll be ready in no time.” He went into the kitchen and shut the door. Then he took a frying-pan from its hook and put it on a table. He opened the refrigerator and took out a packet of butter and the plate with the raw rissoles that he had rolled into shape before leaving for the airport. He tipped the rissoles into the pan. He opened the packet of butter and dug out a large spoonful.

Susan ran into the kitchen. “Darling, it’s a wonderful flat! And a lovely surprise. Thank you.” She looked at the rissoles in the frying-pan. “Those look as though they’re going to be very nice. But you shouldn’t be cooking without an apron or something. You’ll ruin your suit.”

“Oh, I don’t think so,” he said. “I’ve nearly finished.” He dropped the spoonful of butter among the raw rissoles.

“Good heavens!” she said.

He looked up. “What is it?”

“Is that how you do it? You needn’t melt the butter first, then? I always thought that you mustn’t start frying anything till the pan is hot.”

Don’t you believe it,” he said airily. He took the pan to the electric stove and put it on the large ring. He turned the switch to ‘HIGH’. “There,” he said, stepping back and rubbing his hands. “That’s all there is to it. Logic and common sense. It’ll cook itself now. We can go and have a beer5in the living-room. What’s the sense in standing over it?”

She regarded the frying-pan thoughtfully. Then she looked at him and smiled. “It must be so, if you say so. You’re the cook.” She went out of the kitchen. He took two bottles of beer from the refrigerator and followed her into the living-room. They sat down and began to exchange news again.

Twenty minutes passed. Susan looked at her watch. “As your pupil,” she said shyly, “I shouldn’t be so impudent as to say this – but don’t you think those rissoles may burn?”

“Help!6” said Peter, and jumped out of his chair. “I’d forgotten them.” He ran into the kitchen.

Susan lit a cigarette and waited for a moment or two. Then she went slowly into the kitchen.

He was standing at the stove, frowning down at the frying-pan. “Something’s gone wrong with them,” he said, as he heard her step. “They’ve lost their shape.”

“They have, rather,” she said, looking at the pan. The rounded rissoles had integrated into a sickly-looking, gluey mess that covered the whole of the bottom of the pan.

“I can’t think what’s gone wrong,” he said ruefully. “Nothing’s burned, but why did they crumble?”

“How many eggs did you use?”



“None. You don’t have to put eggs into rissoles, do you?”

She smiled gently. “Darling, have you ever cooked rissoles before?”

He looked at her sheepishly. “Well, as a matter of fact, I haven’t. But they’re easy, aren’t they? You just get some minced meat and breadcrumbs and chopped onions, mix everything up together, roll it into balls, chuck7 the balls into a frying-pan, and there you are8.” He regarded the mess in the pan again, and turned slowly back to her, red in the face. “At least, that’s what I thought.”

She began to shake with laughter. “And the other things you cook? Do you use the same principle of logic and common sense?”

He went even redder. He nodded his head guiltily.

She went up to him and put her arms on his shoulders. “I love you so much,” she said. “Come on. Let’s go. As you said a little while ago, we have the Anconi Restaurant up our sleeve.”

¨ Explanatory Notes

1. the Comet IV – a jet passenger plane

2. the summer term – a course of lectures, especially at a university, during the summer term. Schools divide their year into three terms: autumn, spring and summer. Universities do the same, but tend to call them the Michaelmas ['miklməs] or Hilary term, the Lent term, the summer term.

3. the Via Margutta– a street in Rome

4. up our sleeve – in reserve, in an emergency

5. to have a beer – to have a bottle (a glass) of beer

6. Help! – a call for help; (here an excl.) Караул!

7. to chuck – (colloq.) to throw

8. there you are – (here) that’s all


Ex. 1.Define the following words and phrases

the passenger-reception building, wedding, the summer term, the bed-sitting room, the queue, police and customs inspection, contract, furnished flat, police official, to get engaged, a quick pupil, a block of flats, the lift, a frying pan, the ring and the switch of the electric stove, common sense, refrigerator.

Ex. 2.Answer the following comprehension questions

  1. Why did Susan have to leave Rome?
  2. Where did Peter work? Why couldn`t he go with Susan?
  3. Where did they live after the wedding?
  4. Why did Peter decide to change the accommodation?
  5. Where do passengers go after they get off the plane?
  6. Peter bought a new dark suit while Susan was away, didn`t he?
  7. How long did Peter`s new contract last?
  8. How did they get home from the airport?
  9. What was Susan frightened of?
  10. It was quite a surprise for Peter to know that Susan couldn`t cook, wasn`t it?
  11. What were their views of eating out?
  12. Their flat was very close to the airport, wasn`t it?
  13. What`s wrong about cooking without an apron?
  14. Their new flat was on the ground floor, wasn`t it?
  15. What was Peter’s recipe for rissoles?

Ex. 3. Role-play the following situations according to the text

Peter meets his wife at the airport.

Susan and Peter arrive at their new flat.

Peter makes an attempt to cook rissoles.


Ex. 1.TranslateintoEnglishusingthevocabularyofthetext

1 . Я втомився і відчуваю себе як вичавлений лимон.2 . Я б хотів залишитися ще в цій країні, але для цього мені потрібно продовжити контракт.3 . Ваш літак приземлиться через 10 хвилин. Зачекайте в залі очікування.4 . У пошуках ключа вона витрусила все з сумочки на стіл.5 . Пітеру запропонували роботу в університеті протягом літнього семестру, і він був дуже цьому радий.6 . Чи не виглядає вона занадто зухвало, коли поводиться так важливо?7. Я відмовляюся жити в номері без холодильника.8. Під пильним поглядом однокурсників студент несміливо почав відповідати на поставлене запитання.9. Заручини відбулися минулої весни. Влітку вони одружилися і відразу після весілля винайнялимебльовануквартиру в багатоповерховому будинку.10. Коли я став в чергу на проходження митного контролю , я згадав, що забув вдома паспорт.11 . Ця робота не вимагає спеціальних знань. Людина, що володіє здоровим глуздом, легко з нею впорається.12. Цей поліцейський відповідає за всі формальності з паспортами.13. Як тільки нам вдасться пройти митницю, ми поговоримо про подальші плани.14. При згадці про однокімнатну квартируСьюзан насупилася.15. Постав сковороду на найбільший пальник і включи сильний вогонь.16.« Про всяк випадок, у нас є однокімнатна квартира, де ми можемо жити, якщо захочемо змін», - сказала вона безтурботно.17. У цьому семестрі ми складаємо 4 іспити та 5 заліків.18. Мені нема в чому піти на вечірку. Вранці я пролив каву і зіпсував новий костюм.19. Того дня я не хотів чекати ліфт і піднявся пішки.20. Його син дуже здібний учень . Він запам'ятовує все моментально.


1.1. Listen to the dialogue and fill in the gaps

Todd: Hey, Akane, I know that you _________a lot, and I never cook, but it's starting to get really expensive ___________ so I wanna cook more.

Akane: Right.

Todd: Can you recommend something that is very, very easy for somebody who does not know how to cook.

Akane: OK, well, I'm not the best cook myself but I do cook often __________ because it is cheaper. Um, I would recommend, if you're not used to cooking I would recommend the ___________ It's quick. It's easy. It's ___________, and yeah, I think you can do it.

Todd: Mm, OK, so what do I do? I mean actually, first of all, what do I need to buy?

Akane: Well, I think you would need to go to the _________ and get some ________. You can get the __________ ones which are quick and easy. The __________ you would have _________ first, so I would prepare, I would recommend the ready prepared ones and you also need some __________, and maybe if you like you can also add some ________.

Todd: Mm, OK, I probably won't do the meat thing, but for the vegetables, what vegetables do you recommend?

Akane: Well, I recommend _________ because the ones in season are always ___________________________. Right now it's about early summer, late spring so the ones that are good right now ________, _______ and, well _____________ are good all year round.

Todd: Mm, OK, so assuming I buy all this stuff (right) bring it home, what do I do?

Akane: Well, first you need a good __________. (I got that) OK, first you actually need __________the vegetables and ____________ into small pieces and then ____________ with oil and then put the vegetables in first because they take longer to cook than the noodles. After you have seen that the vegetables have gotten ____________ and soft, then you can add the noodles and ____________ until the noodles are __________ and then just __________ it with __________ or a __________that you like.

Todd: OK, sounds pretty easy, but as for the oil, what kind of oil should I get?

Akane: Well, vegetable oil, kanola oil, or olive oil, I think would be the healthiest choices.

Todd: OK, now one problem I have about cooking is, for people who don't know how to cook, how much do you cook? Like you said, __________ the vegetables (Yeah) Do I chop up five eggplants, one eggplant?

Akane: Well, if it's just for yourself, I would recommend just one eggplant and maybe _______________ and half a _____________. The vegetables really _____________after you cook them so it might look like a lot when they're ____________, but once you cook them. They ___________.

Todd: OK. Well, I'll give it a try, and I'll tell you how it tastes.

Akane: Great. Goodluck.


Ex. 1.Express your opinion on the following statements

  • Ø Men are better cooks than women.
  • Ø Never try to cook if you can’t even boil an egg.
  • Ø Eating out is more convenient and time-saving.
  • Ø People should learn more about each other before getting married.
  • Ø A husband shouldn’t take any decisions without consulting his wife.


  1. Present the text commenting on its genre, the form of narration, the general emotional tinge, the main characters and the place where the scene is laid.
  2. Formulate the factual information of the text.
  3. Divide the factual information of the extract into logically complete parts.
  4. Speak about the main characters of the story. Give as much information about them as you can. Describe the author’s attitude to Susan and Peter and the relations between them.
  5. Formulate the conceptual information of the text as you see it.
  6. Summarize the factual information of the text.
  7. Group words and word-combinations around the main events of the text and compile thematic groups.
  8. Account for the presence of certain thematic groups you have singled out.
  9. Comment on the role of synonyms, used in the text.

10.  Point out antonyms in the text. Are they numerous?



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