LESSON FIVE (THE FIFTH LESSON)
Text: The Creative Impulse (by W. S. Maugham) (continued) Grammar: Времена группы Perfect Continuous (Perfect Contin uous Tense-forms) (§ 4, p. 466)
THE CREATIVE IMPULSE (by W. S, Maugham)
“Good afternoon, Bullfinch,” said Mrs Forrester. "I wish to see your master”.
Mrs Bullfinch hesitated for a second, then held the door wide open. "Come in, ma’am.” She turned her head, “Albert, here’s Mrs Forrester to see you.”
Mrs Forrester went in quickly and there was Albert sitt ing by the fire, leaning back in an old armchair and reading the evening paper.
“How are you, my dear?” said Albert cheerfully, putting aside the paper. “Keeping well, I hope?”
"Won’t you sit down, ma’am?” said Mrs Bullfinch, push ing a chair forward.
“Could I see you alone, Albert?”.Mrs Forrester asked, sitting down.
“I’m afraid not,” Albert answered, "because of Mrs Bull finch. I think she should be present.”
“As you wish.”
“Well, my dear, what have you to say to me?” Albert asked.
Mrs Forrester gave him her best smile. “I don’t blame you for anything, Albert, I know it isn’t your fault and I’m not angry with you, but a joke’s a joke and should not be carried too far. I’ve come to take you home.”
“Then I think you’re wasting your time, my dear,'’ said Albert. “Nothing will ever make me live with you again.” “Have you not been happy with me, Albert?” asked Mrs