I was very happy at the University. I worked hard and my professors were very pleased with me. I studied science, chemistry and medicine. I wanted to learn everything about the human body. I also wanted to learn about the mind of mеn. Most of all I wanted to learn a secret of life. What was the difference between a living person and a dead body? Why did a dead body turn to dust? Could a dead man come alive again? I worked hard to find the answers to these questions. I read many old books. The writers said it was possible to create life. They said it was possible to make a dead man live again. But the writers did not say how it could be done.
I lived in a house in the old part of the city. I had a laboratory there where I worked alone. No one knew what I was doing. In the evenings I read in my library. Sometimes I did not sleep all night. The months passed and I forgot about my family and my friends. I had only one thought: I wanted to find the secret of life.
I went to hospitals and watched men dying. I listened to their cries. I watched their bodies grow old and ugly. I paid men to steal bodies from graveyards. These men dug up the bodies from the ground. They brought them to my laboratory at night. I cut up the bodies. Everywhere I smelt death: death and blood.
People were frightened of me. But I did not care. I knew the death would change them; their blood would stop moving. Their skin would become wrinkled and yellow. I wanted to help them. I was working hard to find the secret of life. I bought blood from living men. Was the secret of life in the blood? I looked at men’s brains: soft and grey. Was the secret of life there?
Then one night there was a terrible storm. The sky was covered with black clouds. Thunder crashed and the rain fell, lightning flashed in the sky. Suddenly the lightning gave me an idea. I knew what I had to do. I began my work carefully. I took parts of the dead men from hospitals and graveyards. I put the parts together to make a human body. I was making a man, a huge man, the biggest, strongest man who had ever lived. This man was going to come alive. I had found a way to create life. This man was going to live.
He was a good-looking man. His face was handsome and kind. His huge body was strong and well made. Day by day I joined each part together. At last it was ready. He was ready to receive a life. The body lay on the table in my laboratory. I have joined the hands, feet and head to metal wires. These wires went up to the roof of my house.
Now I had to wait for a storm.
When a powerful lightning flashed down through the wires the man would live. A few days later clouds covered the sun. The sky became dark. I knew a storm was coming. I opened the windows of the laboratory and waited.
Lightning began to flash and I heard thunder. A flash again – and now the thunder was nearer. Then a lightning was all around me. It flashed blue and silver. Thunder crashed and the room was as light as a day. Suddenly it happened.
The lightning hit the wires on the roof. The sparks of light came down the wires. I looked at the huge body. The silver light reached the hands, the feet and the head. The body was covered with a blue and silver light. For a moment everything was quiet. Was it moving? No! Yes!!! The arm moved, then a leg. And I heard breathing. Yes!!! The man was breathing! He was alive! The body moved. And I was near it. I held up my arms and smiled. The man settled and turned his head. His eyes were opened. Oh, God! What had I done?! What was going wrong? The man’s skin was wrinkled and yellow. His eyes were yellow and dry. His thin black lips opened in a terrible smile. I had not made a man. I have made a monster!
I ran out to my laboratory down the stairs. I heard the slow heavy footsteps of the monster as he followed me. There was another flash of lightning. Thunder crashed over the house. I stopped to look back. The monster was standing on the top of the stairs. Behind him the red and yellow flames. Fire! My laboratory was on fire! I gave the terrible cry, as the monster moved towards me. Then I fell down and everything went black.
Match the word – combinations with their translation:
to be pleased with smth 1. бути можливим
to come alive 2. викопувати
to be possible 3. бути наляканим чимось
to forget about smth 4. бути задоволеним чимось
to dig up 5. розрiзати
to cut up 6. ожити
to be frightened of smth 7. забувати про щось
to crash 8. гримiти
to go up 9. пiднiмати щось
to hear breathing 10. пiднятись
to hold up smth 11. оглядатися
to look back 12. почути дихання
Write down as many synonyms as you know:
a) mind _______________________________________________________
b) secret _______________________________________________________
c) difference _____________________________________________________
d) to come alive __________________________________________________
e) writer ________________________________________________________
f) graveyard _____________________________________________________
g) ugly __________________________________________________________
h) to be frightened of ______________________________________________
i) storm _________________________________________________________
j) powerful ______________________________________________________
Choose the correct variant:
I was … at the University.
I wanted to learn about…
b) men’s brains;
I lived in a house in…
a) the old part of the city;
b) the center of the city;
c) the rich region of the city.
4. I had… there.
a) a laboratory;
b) many friends;
c) a library.
5. In the evenings I…
spent all time with my neighbours;
read in my library.
6. I had only one thought: I wanted to find…
the ancient treasures;
the secret of life;
a good looking man.
7. Then one night there was…
a terrible storm;
nice weather for walking down the streets of Geneva.
8. I have joined the parts of body of a man to…
a wooden stick;
the legs of a bed.
9. The man’s skin was…
10. He was…
an ugly man;
b) a good – looking man;
a terrible man.
Complete the sentences filling in missing words from the text:
a) I was very happy at ________________________________________
b) I worked hard and my professors ______________________________
c) I wanted to learn everything about _____________________________
d) The writers said that ________________________________________
e) In the evenings I ___________________________________________
f) I paid men to ______________________________________________
g) They brought the bodies to ___________________________________
h) I had found a way to _______________________________________
i) I have joined the hands, feet and head to ________________________
j) The body was covered with __________________________________
k) I had not made a man – I had made ____________________________
l) I gave a terrible cry as the monster moved towards me and then I _____
and everything ______________________________________________
Guess the meaning:
a) The part of your brain that thinks and remembers - _______________
b) To cause smth new to happen or exist - _________________________
c) A room or building that is used for scientific research, testing, experiments or for teaching about science - ________________________
A place where ill or injured people are treated - __________________
An area of land next to a church where dead people are buried - _____
The red liquid that flows through your body - ___________________
The part of your body inside your head that controls your thoughts, feelings and movements - ___________________________________
The loud noise in the sky that you can hear when there is a storm - __
A bright flash of light that appears in the sky during a storm - ______
Metal in the form of thin thread - _____________________________
To take air, etc into your lungs and blow it out again - ____________
Answer the questions:
1. What did Victor do at the University?
2. Where did he live?
3. Where did he work to learn?
4. Did Victor remember his native people?
5. What thought did Victor have?
6. When & where did the men bring the dead bodies?
7. What did Victor do with those bodies?
8.What kind of man was Victor making?
9. What had Victor made?
10. What happened with Victor on the stairs?
7. Odd one out:
to reply/to smile/to smirk/to grin.
8. Write down questions to the given answers:
1. Most of all he wanted to learn a secret of life.
2. He worked hard to find the answers to the questions about human life.
3. The writers said it was possible to create life.
4. No one knew what he was doing.
5. He went to hospitals and watched men dying.
6.The men dug up the bodies from the ground.
When a powerful lightning flashed down through the wires the man would live.
The monster was standing on the top of the stairs.
9. Write down special questions to the sentences:
1. He was very happy at the University.
2. Sometimes he did not sleep all night.
3. In the evenings he read in his library.
4. The months passed and Victor forgot about his family and his friends.
5. The men brought the bodies to Victor’s laboratory at night.
6. Then one night there was a terrible storm.
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