LESSON TEN (THE TENTH LESSON)
Text: The Serenade (by G. Bernand Shaw)
Grammar: 1. Сослагательное наклонение. (Subjunctive I) (§ 10, p. 477)
2. The Gerund (continued)
(by G. Bernard Shaw)
George Bernard Shaw, the famous English playwright, came from a middle class family. He was born in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in 1856, and was proud of being an Irishman.
In 1876 he left his home town for London, where he became a journalist. In 1884 he joined the Fabian Society, a socialist organiza tion of petty bourgeois intellectuals.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at writing novels, Shaw turned to plays. His first play appeared in 1892. Later on he wrote a large number of plays, all of which are known for their brilliant dialogue and sharp political satire.
In 1931 Shaw visited the Soviet Union. The famous playwright was always a true friend to the first Socialist State.
Bernard Shaw died in 1950 at the age of ninety-four.
I celebrated my fortieth birthday by putting on one of the amateur theatrical performances for which my house at Beckenham is famous.
The play, written by myself, was in three acts, and an important feature was the sound of a horn in the second act.
I had engaged a horn player to blow the horn. He was to place himself, not on the stage, but downstrairs in the hall so as to make it sound distant.
The best seat was occupied by the beautiful Linda Fitz- nightingale. The next chair, which I Jiad intended for my self, had been taken by Mr Porcharlester, a young man of some musical talent.
As Linda loved music, Porsharlester’s talent gave him in her eyes an advantage over older and cleverer men. I decided to break up their conversation as soon as 1 could.
After I had seen that everything was all right for the performance, 1 hurried to Linda's side with an apology for