a) Find the English equivalents to the words and underline them in the text.
искать что-нибудь почитать
случайно натолкнуться на что-то, случайно обнаружить
играть в азартные игры
умереть без гроша в кармане
убежать из дома
придуманное (ненастоящее) имя
оказаться совершенно одной
скопить деньги на дорогу домой
карнавальное платье, костюм
It was a grey rainy day. Jane was in and was searching the shelves for something to read. Granny was having a nap in the armchair. Jane came across a thick and heavy album with old photos. It definitely wasn’t the thing to cure her boredom, but, nevertheless, she looked through several pages.
“Who is he?” Jane asked her grandmother, pointing to a photo of a handsome man with a thick moustache and a square beard. “My uncle,” replied the grandmother, “he was a sailor. He had left home before I was born. He went to America to dig for gold. People said he had made a fortune there. But he gambled and died penniless. He had an Indian wife and three daughters. One of them, extremely beautiful, became a film star.”
“And what about this lady?” Jane moved to a photo of a pretty woman in a lovely old-fashioned cap with ribbons. “My Nanny,” the grandmother gave a mild little smile. “She was French, from a noble family. In her early years she fell desperately in love with a young officer. Her parents did not approve of their marriage and she escaped from home, in a man’s dress and under a false name, to follow that man. However, he was killed in one of the battles quite soon, and she found herself alone, in a foreign country. She had to work as a nanny to save some money for the trip back. That is how she entered our house. We loved her very much and finally she decided to stay with us.”
Jane felt more and more interested. “And look, this is me ... in a fancy dress!” “No,” laughed the grandmother. “This is me, in my favourite dress. It was given to me for my fifth birthday.” Jane had a strange feeling as if the waves of memories were passing through the room. Her family story was turning into something alive and extremely exciting...
b) Write a story (a real or imaginary one) about someone From your family. Ask your parents and grandparents for information.