5There were some friends at Dabney’s house talking about unusual events thathad no natural explanations.A strange man didn’t do anything butwatching.Mr. Dabney asked him if he had anystrange story to describe.
6The man thought that truth was sometimes not only strange but also more interesting than stories. He began to tell them a story that had happened to him.Years ago he was renting a room in an old house in Ormand street.
7The house was old and damp so there were a lot of patches on the wall. One of them was like a human face.The face controlled him specially when he was ill so he decided to search for a man like the face on the wall.
8He went to places where people collect together in large numbers as railway stations, political meetings and football matches.The police began to suspect him as he was standing at busy corners watching the crowed only men.
9At last he saw the man in a taxi along Piccadilly. He followed the man toStarcross railway station trying to speak to him.He couldn’t speak to the man as he was with two ladies and a little girl, then they moved with others to the train.
10He decided to follow the man and speak to him before getting into the ship.AS the man got on board the ship before the storyteller, he decided to follow him to France.He stood in front of the rich man’s room.When he saw the man with the little girl he asked the man for his card for business.
11As the man thought he was mad, he gave him his card and went quickly. When he read the card he fainted as he knew that the man’s name was Ormond wall.After leaving hospital and returning to London he decided to get information about the man.
12He wrote to Pittsburg, wrote to American newspapers and met Americans in London. He only knew that Ormond was an American millionaire with English parents.One night he saw that the face became faint so he guessed that something wrong happened to the man.When he read the evening paper, he knew that man had a motor accident.
13When he went home, he found that the face disappeared and later he knew that the man died at the very same time.At the end he told them that there were three extraordinary things about his story.
14The three things were:The name of the man was like the name of the street where he was living.The disappearance of the face was at the same time of the man’s death.The last one was that he made the story up half an hour before telling it.
15Test A) Put (T) for true sentences and (F ) for false: 1 – The stranger was living in a modern house. ()2 – All the patches changed but the face ( )3 – He saw the man in a bus ( )4 – The face disappeared when the man died. ( )5 - There were two extraordinary things aboutthe story ( )
16B ) Answer the following questions. 1 – What were the friends talking about?2 – What was the stranger’s opinion about truth?3 – When did the police begin to suspect the strange man?4 – Why couldn’t the stranger speak to the man at Starcross railway station?5 – Was the stranger clever?6 – What was the third extraordinary thing?
17C ) Put the events in the correct order: He saw the man in a taxi.The face got firmer hold on him so he went to search for a man like it.When he read the card, he fainted.The story teller stood in front of the man’s room.He couldn’t speak to the man at the railway station so he decided to follow him and speak to him before sailing
18D ) Do the puzzle d a k p h c t z w y o n I b x s u v e i m f g j l r 1 - ……was the house owner.2 – the house was………. .3 – He saw the man in…….street.4 – The stranger was taken to…….after he had read the card.5 – People thought he was …….