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Unit 3 The Million Pound Note Using language New words steak: a thick slice of good quality beef 牛排 eat like a wolf: eat food very quickly genuine: real reserve: order or book scream: give a long piercing cry fake: false, not real bow: 鞠躬 Reading, acting and speaking THE MILLION POUND BANK NOTE Look at these pictures and try to imagine the story. enjoyed a good meal in a restaurant. To his surprise, a million pound note. refused to take any money, extremely polite to Henry True or false. 1. The owner looked down upon Henry when he noticed Henry’s T appearance. 2. Henry asked for more of the same food because he is an American who F like to eat a lot. 3. When Henry saw the million pound bank-note, he was happy and proud of it. F 4. The owner didn’t believe that the bank-note was real and he asked Henry to get out of the restaurant. F Answer these questions. 1. What did the hostess feel when Henry came into the restaurant? How do you know? She felt very impatient and looked down upon Henry because of his poor appearance. We could know it from what she said. “Why, look at him, he eats like a wolf.” 2. Before Henry took the note out of the envelope, did the waiter serve him politely? Why? No, he didn’t. He served Henry impolitely. Because he thought Henry was a poor man who was not able to pay the meal. 3. How about Henry’s feeling after he finished eating and asked another one? He felt satisfied and full. That was a wonderful meal. 4. Why were the owner and hostess shocked when they saw the million pound bank-note in Henry’s hand? Because they never thought that the bank-note belonged to such a person in rags. 5. Did the owner believe that the note was genuine or not? Why? He was not sure if it was real. Because Henry was in rags. 6. What made them trust that the bank-note was genuine? The owner said “I did hear that the Bank of England had issued two notes in this amount. No thief would want that to happen.” 7. What can we learn from this story? We shouldn’t judge people by appearance. Money is everything in the capitalist society. 8. Whose behavior changes the most during this scene? Give examples. The owner’s behaviour changes the most because he stops being rude and worrying if Henry can pay for the meal and becomes over-polite offering Henry a free meal. 9. What kind of person is the owner of the restaurant? He is somebody who is only impressed by how much money somebody has. 10. Why do you think the owner of the restaurant gave Henry a free meal? He may be frightened Henry will not come back. He may also worry that Henry will tell his friends about the bad treatment he got at the restaurant and they will not return either. 11. What can we learn from this story? We shouldn’t judge people by appearance. Money is everything in the capitalist society. Intensive Reading Owner Waiter Hostess That one’s It’ll cost a My goodness! reserved. large amount of Why, look at money . him. He eats like a wolf. Now perhaps Again, if you pay the everything? bill I can help He’s in rags. the other What’s there customers. to wait for? Owner Hostess Doesn't matter at all. We are so I’m sorry, very glad that And you put sir, so sorry… you even entered him in the back of the our little eating Just having restaurant! place. you sit here is Go and see a great him at once! honor! It would be wrong of me not to trust a It’s for us to thank gentleman such as you, from my heart! yourself, sir. What kind of person is the owner? why? snobbish Retell the story by filling the blanks. Hunger _______forced him to go into a restaurant. rude The owner and the waiters served him in a _____ manner. However, when they saw the note, their ________to Henry changed greatly . attitude judge It was very common to_______ a stranger by their clothes in the capitalist countries. Role play: Please form a group of four, act it out and try to imitate their tones. Try your best to make it as funny as possible. Listening text N=Narrator S=Servant H=Henry Adams Act 1, Scene 5 N: Henry feels happy only for a moment. As he walks away from the restaurant, he begins to worry that he has got the bank-note by mistake. He runs back to the brothers’ home and knocks on the front door. No one comes. He walks around to the side of the house and knocks on another door. The servant opens it. S: May I help you, sir? H: Yes. I need to see the two brothers about …. S: They’ve gone, sir. Gone travelling. H: But they were just here two hours ago! S: I’m sorry, sir. They will be back in a month — a month from today. H: A month? But I can’t believe…. S: Good day, sir. N: Henry sits down on the stairs, and opens the envelope. He finds a letter in it and takes it out. The letter says: “You are an intelligent and honest man, as one can see by your face. We also believe you are poor and a stranger to this city. Inside you will find a sum of money. The money is lent to you for a short time. Come back to our home with it in exactly 30 days. I have a bet on you. If I win it, you shall have any job that you can do as my thanks.” H: Well, how about that! Speaking Read Act 1, scene 4 again and underline all the expressions used to order food. Imagine you are having meal in a restaurant. Make a dialogue with you partner. One acts the customer, and the other the waiter. Useful expressions: Customer Waiter/ Waitress I’d like… /I have… Can I help you? What do you I’ll take your order suggest… in a minute. I’ll have that. Are you ready to order, sir/madam? The bill, please. Enjoy your meal. Can I have the check, Here is your bill. please? Make a dialogue using all of the following information: Henry tells a clerk that he wants a coat for a suit. The clerk shows him a cheap coat downstairs. Henry doubts if he should take it. The clerk persuades him to buy it. Henry agrees, but explains that he can’t pay him right now, as he has no small change. In your dialogue, include expressions on shopping. Practice your dialogue and then share it with another pair. And we’ll see which is the most appropriate for the play. Sample The dialogue takes place at a tailor’s shop. (O=Owner; C=Clerk; H=Henry) O: There’s a customer, Todd. Will you serve him? C: I don’t know why he’s in a tailor’s shop. Just look at his clothes! O: No matter what he’s wearing, Todd, just show him the cheapest. C: Do you want anything? H: Yes, please. I want to buy a suit. C: Of course. You may find these rather expensive. We’ve got some cheaper ones in the back room. Will you come through to the back, please?...Why don’t you try this one on? H: Mmm, it doesn’t seem to fit very well. C: I’m afraid it’s the cheapest one we’ve got. H: Very well, I’ll take it. Could you wait a few days for the money? I don’t have any small notes on me. C: Oh, you haven’t? Well, of course, I know that gentlemen like you carry only large notes. H: My friend, you shouldn’t judge strangers always by the clothes they wear. I’m quite able to pay for this suit. I just didn’t wish to put you to the trouble of changing a large note. C: Why do you think we can’t change your note? Of course we can. H: Oh, very well. Then there is nothing to worry about. I apologize. (Hands him the note.) Explanations to the suggested scene: 1) Have...on/with/about somebody: take or bring something when someone goes to a place. 2) Put somebody to the trouble of doing something : make someone have the trouble of doing something. 3) change : the money that you gave back when somebody has paid you too much. e.g. Give me my change. 4) judge somebody / something by / from something: form an opinion about somebody. e.g. Judging from what you say, they ought to succeed. e.g. Don’t judge a man by his looks. Homework 1. Read and perform the whole play with the help of the scripts in the book. 2. Write a passage about your thought about the play THE MILLION POUND BANK NOTE.