2Pre-reading discussions: Try to understand as much as possible with the help of the notes, glossary, dictionaries and reference books.Decide which of the following descriptions may fit into Mr. Harraby-Ribston and Mr. Crowther respectively:
3.About the AuthorMartin Donisthorpe ArmstrongCollections: The Bazaar (1924) The Fiery Dive (1929) General Buntop's Miracle (1934) A Case of Conscience (1937)Anthologies containing stories : A Second Century of Creepy Stories (1930)Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 3rd Series (1934) A Century of Horror (1935)Short stories : Sombrero (1929)The Pipe-Smoker (1934)Mrs Vaudrey's Journey
4Background knowledge: Highland Fling :Highland Fling was created sometime during the 1700s in the Scottish Highland. It is considered a war dance as the dancers were originally military men. The dance is tailored after the Ghillie Challum Sword Dance after victory. It was originally danced by males on a Targe (small round Shield with a center spike) which is said to be why the dancers dance in place to celebrate their victories after battle .Later the dance would also be used to pick the best males who portrayed the best dancer and the most stamina as the Kings GuardsThe Highland Fling is usually performed by three or four persons to the duple rhythm music of the Strathspey
5Structure of the TextPart I (Para. 1-3) Harraby-Ribston tossed his suitcase out of the moving train and the incident produced different response in their minds.Part II (Para. 4-7) An exchange of words and wits between Harraby-Ribston and Mr. Crowther
6Words and expressions(1) count on: to depend on or be certain of someone or somethingExamples:You can count on my vote.If got into trouble I could always count on Bob since we’re all weather friends.Both companies are counting on winning the contract for constructing Beijing-Shanghai railway.
7(2)for one’s partused to say what someone’s opinions are, when compared to someone else’s opinionExamples:For my part, I prefer living in the country.His parents, for their parts, were very proud of his choice.I, for my part, still distrust them.(3) in the event of = in the event thatBritain agreed to support US in the event of war.
8(4)in this regard: in connection with this; concerning this Example:In this regard, the child may be thought as having two homes.(5) of/within one’s reach:beyond, difficult to get close enough totouchExamples:They are dangerous to the kids. Do put them out of the children’s reach.
9(6) take aback: to be very surprised about something Examples:It took him so much aback that for a momenthe was lost for words.The news took me aback
10Grammar FocusesUnreal conditional clauses: “perhaps I would have thought it significant if the suitcase had been mine.”Passive infinitives present: A man like that needs to be recognized, to be quoted just once.
11Paraphrase1. He was by nature a sociable, chatty man and he had reckoned that his action would infallibly produce conversation. (Para. 1) He was the kind of man who likes to talk and enjoys company, and had guessed that what he did would invariably start a conversation.
122. Such were the thoughts that buzzed round Mr 2. Such were the thoughts that buzzed round Mr. Harraby-Ribston, robbing him of the satisfaction and refreshment that were his due.(Para 1.)These thoughts were moving around quickly in Mr. Harrby-Ribston’s mind, and they took away his hope that his action would give him an interesting conversation, which he thought he deserved.3. The fellow was obviously counting on him for a violent reaction, and so Mr. Crowther made a point of not reacting. (Para 2)That chap was clearly expecting him to react violently, and therefore Mr. Crowther deliberately decided not to react, because he did not want to give that man this satisfaction.
134. Not if it wouldn’t interest you, though, I must say, I find it hard to believe that anyone could fail to be interested. (Para.21)I can hardly believe that anyone should not be interested in finding out why I threw the suitcase out of the window. But I’m not anxious to tell you if you are not interested.5. Clothes, hairbrushes and so on all have their associations, and associations are precisely what I want to be rid of. Hence my rather unusual action. (Para 23)Clothes, ha irbrushes and so on are all somewhat related to my marriage and will bring back memories, which I want to bury for ever. That was why I threw out that suitcase.
146. “You seem to me,” said Mr. Crowther, “a man much given to surprise 6. “You seem to me,” said Mr. Crowther, “a man much given to surprise.” (Para.26)“It seems to me,” said Mr. Crowther, “that you’re in the habit of being surprised by trivial matters.
15Post-reading discussions 1.How do you understand the title of this article? In view of their confessions in the end of the story , who do you think finally won this battle of wits?2. Guiding the students to find out the reason why the text is entitled “The Rivals”.3. Commenting on the two Englishmen, Mr.Harraby-Ribston and Mr. Crowther.