, 1. Preparations for Departure
to be under way, to go shopping, ordinary, to get, a coun ter, boring, patiently, to share, joint luggage, properly
2. Seeing a Friend Off
plenty of, (im)patiently, to turn up, to produce, to get on, to share, to be due, to start
3. My Trip Abroad
to make arrangements, to choose between, to share one's opinion, to make up one’s mind, to book a seat .on, to go through the customs, to be due, to enjoy one’s story, customs
4. At the Customs
counter, to go through the customs, to declare, (not) to examine, properly, to pay duty on, to fill in a declaration form, to turn to, to grow impatient, to be due, to get through, in time
VII. Retell and dramatize this story, using the active words.
The entrance exams at a Moscow school of drama were under way. Dozens of young men and girls had already pre sented themselves to the board of examiners, and the famous actors who were examining them were already too tired to be attracted by anything. So when the last candidate finally stepped on to the stage, they were only too glad to let him go as quickly as possible.
Indeed, there was nothing particular about the young fellow. His manner was awkward, and the whole performan ce seemed very amateurish.
His face... Well, it might even have been called ugly if there weren’t something slightly attractive about it. What was it? The smile, perhaps...
In any case he was nothing beyond the ordinary.
The principal (директор) of the school, who was chair man of the board of examiners, rose to stop the young man who was still reciting (декламировал) something.
The young man understood. “I’ve been turned down then, have I?’’ he said in a trembling voice. “Yes, I’m sorry to say you have,” answered the principal, looking him straight in the face. “You see, it isn’t enough to recite poems the way you do. An actor must act. In the proper sense of the