LESSON TWENTY-SIX (THE TWENTY-SIXTH LESSON)
Text: Mr Winkle on the Ice (after Charles Dickens). Grammar. Revision.
MR WINKLE ON THE ICE
(after Charles Dickens)
"The Pickwick Papers” is Charles Dickens’ first novel. It was published in 1837 and was a great success. It has been translated into many languages since then and is read with interest all over the world. Everybody enjoys the amusing adventures of Mr Pickwick, his servant Sam Weller and the members of the famous Pickwick Club. Here is an extract from the novel.
One fine winter day Mr Wardle, in whose house Mr Pickwick and his friends were staying, said:
“What d’you say to an hour on the ice?1” Everybody thought it was a good idea.
“You skate, Winkle, don’t you?” (Mr Wardle had often heard Mr Winkle say that he went in for sports.)
“Ye — yes, oh yes”, replied Mr Winkle. “But I — I — am rather out of practice."
“Oh, do skate, Mr Winkle,” said one of the ladies.2 “I do so like to watch people skating.”
“Oh, it’s so graceful,” said another young lady. A third young lady said it was very elegant.3