LESSON FIFTEEN (THE FIFTEENTH LESSON)
Text: On the Way to Freedom (by Harriet Beecher-Stowc) Grammar: Модальный глагол should (§§ 16, 17, p. 482, 483) Revision: Tense-fortns and Voice (Table 7, p. 500)
ON THE WAY TO FREEDOM (from "Uncle Tom’e Cabin” by Harriet Beecher-Stowe)
Harriet Beecher-Stowe (1811 — 1896) was born in the family of a clergyman. She studied the conditions of slave labour on the plantations of the South as a newspaper reporter. This provided her with material to write a novel against Negroslavery, which she called "Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. This novel exposed the terrible fate of American Negroes and became known all over the world. At the present time it occupies an honourable place among the books devoted to the fight against racial discrimination.
One rainy afternoon a traveller stopped at the door of a small country hotel, in a village in Kentucky.
The newcomer was a short stout man, carefully dressed, with a round, good-natured face.
“What’s that?” he said, noticing that some of the guests had formed a group around a large advertisement.
“Nigger advertised,” said one of the group.
Mr Wilson (for that was the gentleman’s name) took out his glasses and fixed them on his nose. Then he read:
“Ran away my mulatto boy, George. Said George1 six feet in height, a very light mulatto, brown curly hair, is very intelligent, speaks handsomely, can read and write, has been branded on his right hand with the letter H.
“I will2 give four hundred dollars for him alive, and the same sum for reliable proof that he has been killed.”
The old gentleman read this advertisement from end to end, in a low voice. Then he said aloud:
“The boy described here is a fine fellow. He worked for me six yeras or so at my factory, and he was my best hand. He invented a good machine — a really valuable one. His master holds the patent of it.”