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^        THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION After Agatha Christie Part One.



  1. Mr.Mayherne adjusted his pince-nez and cleared his throat. Then he looked again at the man opposite him, the man charged with wilful murder.

  1. Mr. Mayherne was a small man, precise in manner, neatly, not to say foppishly dressed, with a pair of very shrewd and piercing grey eyes. By no means a fool. Indeed, as a solicitor, Mr. Mayherne's reputation stood very high. His voice, when he spoke to his client, was dry but not unsympathetic.

  1. "I must impress upon you again that you are in very grave danger, and that the utmost frankness is necessary."

  1. Leonard Vole transferred his glance to the solicitor.

  1. "I know," he said hopelessly. "You keep telling me so. But I can't realize yet that I'm charged with murder. And such a dastardly crime, too."

  1. Mr. Mayherne was practical, not emotional. He coughed again, took off his pince-nez, polished them carefully, and replaced them on his nose. Then he said, "Yes, yes, yes. Now, my dear Mr. Vole, we're going to make a determined effort to get you off - and we shall succeed - we shall succeed. But I must have all the facts. I must know just how damaging the case against you is likely to be. Then we can fix upon the best line of defence."

  1. Still the young man looked at him in the same dazed, hopeless fashion. To Mr. Mayherne the case had seemed black enough, and the guilt of the prisoner assured. Now, for the first time, he felt a doubt.

  1. "You think I'm guilty," said Leonard Vole in a low voice.

  1. "But, by God, I swear I'm not! It looks pretty black against me, I know that. I'm like a man caught in a net. But I didn't do it, Mr. Mayherne, I didn't do it!"

  1. In such a position a man was bound to protest his innocence. Mr. Mayherne knew that. Yet, in spite of himself, he was impressed. It might be, after all, that Leonard Vole was innocent.

  1. "You are right, Mr. Vole," he said gravely. "The case does look very black against you. Nevertheless, I accept your assurance. Now, let us get to the facts. I want you to tell me in your own words exactly how you came to make the acquaintance of Miss Emily French."

  1. "It was one day in Oxford Street. I saw an elderly lady crossing the road. She was carrying a lot of parcels. In the middle of the street she dropped them, tried to recover them. found the bus was almost on the top of her, and just managed to reach the kerb safely. I recovered her parcels, wiped the mud off them as best as I could, retied the string of one, and returned them to her."

  1. "There was no question of your having saved her life?"

  1. "Oh, dear me, no! All I did was to perform a common aft of courtesy. She was extremely grateful, thanked me warmly, and said something about my manners not being those of most of the younger generation. I can't remember the exact words. Then I lifted my hat and went on. I never expected to see her again. But life is full of coincidences. That very evening I came across her at a party at a friend's house. She recognised me at once and asked that I should be introduced to her. I then found out that she was a Miss Emily French and that she lived, at Cricklewood. I talked to her for some time. She was, I imagine, an old lady who took sudden and violent fancies to people. She took one to me on the strength of a perfectly simple action which anyone might have performed. On leaving, she took me warmly by the hand and asked me to come and see her. I replied, of course, that I should be very pleased to do so, and she then urged me to name the day. I did not want particularly to go, but it would have seemed churlish to refuse, so I fixed on the following Saturday. After she had gone, I learned something about her from my friends. That she was rich, eccentric, lived alone with one maid, and owed no less than eight cats."

  1. "I see," said Mr. Mayherne. "The question of her being well off came up as early as that?"

  1. "If you mean that I inquired... " began Leonard Vole hotly but Mr. Mayherne stilled him with gesture.

  1. "I have to look at the case as it will be presented by the other side. An ordinary observer would not have supposed Miss French to be a lady of means. She lived poorly. Unless you had been told the contrary, you would in all probability have considered her to be in poor circumstances at any rate to begin with. Who was it exactly who told you that she was well off?"

  1. "My friend, George Harvey, at whose house the party took place."

  1. "Is he likely to remember it?"

  1. "I really don't know. Of course it is some time ago now."

  1. "Quite so, Mr. Vole. You see, the first aim of prosecution will be to establish that you were in low water financially - that is true, is it not?"

  1. Leonard Vole flushed.

  1. "Yes," he said in a low voice. "I had a run of bad luck just then."

  1. "Quite so," said Mr. Mayherne again. "That being, as I say, in low water financially, you met this rich old lady and cultivated her acquaintance assiduously. A great deal depends on the memory of Mr. Harvey. Is he likely to remember that conversation or is he not?"

  1. Leonard Vole reflected for some minutes. Then he said steadily enough, but with a rather pale face. "I do not think that that line would be successful, Mr. Mayherne. Several of those present heard his remark, and one or two of them chaffed me about my conquest of a rich old lady."

  1. The solicitor tried to hide his disappointment.

  1. "Unfortunate," he said. "But I congratulate you upon your plain speaking. Mr. Vole. You made the acquaintance of Miss French, you called upon her, the acquaintanceship progressed. We want a clear reason for all this. Why did you, a young man of thirty three, good-looking, fond of sport, popular with your friends, devote so much of your time to an elderly woman with whom you could hardly have anything in common?"

  1. "I can't tell you - I really can't tell you. After the first visit, she pressed me to come again, spoke of being lonely and unhappy. She made it difficult for me to refuse. She showed so plainly her fondness and affection for me that I was placed in an awkward position. You see, Mr. Mayherne, I've got a weak nature, I'm one of those people who can't say no. And believe me or not, after the third or fourth visit I paid her I found I was getting fond of the old thing. My mother died when I was young, an aunt brought me up, and she, too, died before I was fifteen. If I told you that I enjoyed being mothered and pampered, you'd only laugh."

  1. Mr. Mayherne did not laugh. Instead he took off his pince-nez again and polished them.

  1. "I accept your explanation, Mr. Vole," he said at last. "I believe it to be psychologically probable. Whether a jury would take that view of it is another matter. Please continue. When was it that Miss French first asked you to look into her business affairs?"

  1. "After my third or fourth visit to her. She understood very little of money matters, and was worried about some investments."

  1. Mr. Mayherne looked up sharply.

  1. "Be careful, Mr. Vole. The maid, Janet Mackenzie, declares that her mistress was a good woman of business and transacted all her own affairs, and this is borne out by the testimony of her bankers."

  1. "I can't help that," said Vole. "That's what she said to me."

  1. Mr. Mayherne looked at him for a moment or two in silence. Though he had no intention of saying so, his belief in Leonard Vole's innocence was at that moment strengthened. He knew something of the mentality of elderly ladies. He saw Miss French, infatuated with the good-looking young man, hunting about for pretexts that would bring him to the house. What more likely than that she should plead ignorance of business, and beg him to help her with her money affairs? She was enough of a woman of the world to realize that any man is slightly flattered by such an admission of his superiority. Leonard Vole had been flattered. Perhaps, too, she wanted to let this young man know that she was wealthy. Emily French had been a strong-willed old woman, willing to pay her price for what she wanted. All this passed rapidly through Mr. Mayherne's mind, but he gave no indication of it, and asked instead a further question.

  1. "And did you handle her affairs for her at her request?"

  1. "I did."

  1. "Mr. Vole," said the solicitor, "I am going to ask you a very serious question, and one to which it is vital to have a truthful answer. You were in low water financially. You had the handling of an old lady's affairs an old lady who, according to her own statement, knew little or nothing of business. Did you at any time, or in any manner, convert to your own use the securities which you handled? I beg of you, take your time before you reply."

  1. But Leonard Vole took no time at all.

  1. "My dealings with Miss French's affairs were all perfectly fair, I acted for her interests to the very best of my ability."

  1. "Thank you," said Mr. Mayherne. "I believe that you are far too clever to lie me over such important matter."

  1. "Surely," said Vole eagerly, "the strongest point in my favour is the lack of motive. Granted that I cultivated the acquaintanceship of a rich old lady in the hopes of getting money out of her, surely her death frustrates all my hopes?"

  1. The solicitor looked at him steadily. Then, he repeated his trick with his pince-nez. It was not until they were replaced on his nose that he spoke.

  1. "Are you not aware, Mr. Vole, that Miss French left a will under which you are the principal beneficiary?"

  1. "What?" The prisoner sprang to his feet. His dismay was obvious and unforced. "My god! What are you saying? She left her money to me? ”

  1. Mr. Mayherne nodded slowly.

  1. "You pretend you know nothing of this will?"

  1. "Pretend? There's no pretence about it. I knew nothing about it."

  1. "What would you say if I told you that the maid, Janet Mackenzie, swears that you did know? That her mistress told her that she had consulted you in the matter, and told you of her intentions?"

  1. "She's lying! Janet is an elderly woman. She was a faithful watchdog to her mistress, and she didn't like me. She was jealous and suspicious."

  1. "You don't think she dislikes you enough to lie deliberately about the matter?"

  1. Leonard Vole looked shocked and startled.

  1. "No, indeed! Why should she?"

  1. "I don't know," said Mr. Mayherne. "But she's very bitter against you."

  1. The wretched young man groaned again.

  1. "I'm beginning to see," he muttered. "It's frightful.

  1. They'll say that I got her to make a will leaving her money to me, and then I go there that night, and there's nobody in the house - they find her the next day - Oh, my God, it's awful!”

  1. "You are wrong about there being nobody in the house," said Mr. Mayherne. "Janet, as you remember, was to go out for the evening. She went, but about half past nine she returned. She let herself in by the back door, went upstairs and went out again. She heard voices in the sitting-room. One of them was Miss French's and one was a man's."

  1. "A half past nine," said Leonard Vole. "At half past nine " He sprang to his feet. "But then I'm saved - saved -"

  1. "What do you mean?" cried Mr. Mayherne.

  1. "By half past nine I was at home again! My wife can prove that. I left Miss French about five minutes to nine. I arrived home about twenty past nine. My wife was there waiting for me. Oh, thank God - thank God!"

  1. "Who then in your opinion, murdered Miss French?"

  1. "Why, a burglar, of course."

  1. "That will hardly do, Mr. Vole," said the solicitor. "Think for yourself. You say you were no longer in the house by half past nine. Who, then, was the man Janet heard talking to Miss French in the sitting-room? She would hardly talk with a burglar."

  1. "No," said Vole. "No -" He looked puzzled. "But, anyway," he added with reviving spirit, "it lets me out. I've got an alibi. You must see Romaine - my wife - at once."

  1. "Certainly," agreed the lawyer. "I should already have seen Mrs. Vole but for her being absent when you were arrested. I wired to Scotland at once, and I understand that she arrives back tonight. I am going to call upon her immediately I leave her."

  1. Vole nodded, a great expression of satisfaction setting down over his face.

  1. "Yes, Romaine will tell you. My God! it's a lucky chance that."

  1. "Excuse me, Mr. Vole, but you are very fond of your wife?

  1. "Of course."

  1. "And she of you?"

  1. "Romaine is devoted to me. She'd do anything in the world for me."

  1. He spoke enthusiastically, but the solicitor's heart sank a little lower. The testimony of devoted wife - would it gain credence?

  1. "Was there anyone else who saw you return at nine-twenty. A maid, for instance?"

  1. "We have no maid."

  1. "Did you meet anyone in the street on the way back?"

  1. "Nobody I knew. I rode part of the way in a bus. The conductor might remember."

  1. Mr. Mayherne shook his head doubtfully.

  1. "There is no one, then, who can confirm your wife's testimony?"

  1. "No. But it isn't necessary, surely?"

  1. "I dare say not. I dare say not," said Mr. Mayherne hastily. He rose and held out his hand.

  1. "Good-bye, Mr. Vole. I believe in your innocence in spite of the multitude of facts against you. I hope to prove it."

  1. Vole smiled back at him.

  1. "You'll find the alibi is all right," he said cheerfully.

  1. The Voles lived in a small shabby house near Paddington Green. It was to this house that Mr. Mayherne went.

  1. In answer to his ring, a big slatternly woman, obviously a charwoman, answered the door.

  1. "Mrs. Vole? Has she returned yet?"

  1. "Got back an hour ago. But I dunno if you can see her."

  1. "If you will take my card to her," said Mr. Mayherne quietly, "I am quite sure that she will do so."

  1. The woman looked at him doubtfully, wiped her hand on her apron, and took the card. Then she closed the door in his face and left him on the step outside.

  1. In a few minutes, however, she returned with a slightly altered manner.

  1. "Come inside, please."

  1. She ushered him into a tiny drawing-room. Mr. Mayherne, examining a drawing on the wall, started, up suddenly to face a tall, pale woman who had entered so quietly that he had not heard her.

  1. "Mr. Mayherne? You are my husband's solicitor, are you not? You have come from him? Will you please sit down?"

  1. Until she spoke he had not realized that she was not English. Now, observing her more closely, he noticed the high cheekbones, the dense blue-black of the hair, and an occasional very slight movement of the hands that was distinctly foreign. A strange woman, very quiet. So quiet as to make one uneasy. From the very first Mr. Mayherne was conscious that he was up against something that he did not understand.

  1. "Now, my dear Mrs. Vole," he began, "you must not give way --''

  1. He stopped. It was so very obvious that Romaine Vole had not the slightest intention of giving way. She was perfectly calm and composed.

  1. "Will you please tell me about it?" she said. "I must know everything. Do not think to spare me. I want to know the worst." She hesitated, then repeated in a lower tone, with a curious emphasis which the lawyer did not understand, "I want to know the worst."

  1. Mr. Mayherne went over his interview with Leonard Vole. She listened attentively, nodding her head now and then.

  1. "I see," she said, when he had finished. "He wants me to say that he came in at twenty minutes past nine that night?"

  1. "He did come in at that time?" said Mr. Mayherne sharply.

  1. "That is not the point," she said coldly. "Will my saying so acquit him? Will they believe me?"

  1. "That is what I want to know," she said. "Will it be enough? Is there anyone else who can support my evidence?"

  1. "So far there is no one else," he said reluctantly.

  1. "I see," said Romaine Vole.

  1. She sat for a minute or two perfectly still. A little smile played over her lips.

  1. The lawyer's feeling of alarm grew stronger and stronger.

  1. "Mrs. Vole -" he began. "I know what you must feel -"

  1. "Do you?" she asked. "I wonder."

  1. "In the circumstances -“

  1. "In the circumstances - I intend to play a lone hand." He looked at her in dismay.

  1. "But my dear Mrs. Vole - you are overwrought. Being so devoted to your husband -"

  1. "I beg your pardon?"

  1. The sharpness of her voice made him start. He repeated in a hesitating manner, "Being so devoted to your husband -"

  1. Romaine Vole nodded slowly, the same strange smile on her lips.

  1. "Did he tell you that I was devoted to him?" she asked softly. "Ah! yes, I can see he did. How stupid men are! Stupid - stupid - stupid -"

  1. She rose suddenly to her feet.

  1. "I hate him, I tell you! I hate him. I hate him. I hate him! I would like to see him hanged by the neck till he is dead."

  1. The lawyer recoiled before her and the smouldering passion in her eyes. She advanced a step nearer and continued vehemently.

  1. "Perhaps I shall see it. Supposing I tell you that lie did not come in that night at twenty past nine, but at twenty past ten? You say that he tells you he knew nothing about the money coming to him. Supposing I tell you he knew all about it, and counted on it, and committed murder to get it ? Supposing I tell you that he admitted to me that night when he came in what he had done? That there was blood on his coat? What then? Supposing that I stand up in court and say all these things?"

  1. Her eyes seemed to challenge him. With an effort he concealed his growing dismay, and endeavoured to speak in a rational tone.

  1. "You cannot be asked to give evidence against your husband -"

  1. "He is not my husband!"

  1. The words came out so quickly that he fancied he had misunderstood her.

  1. "I beg your pardon? I -"

  1. "He is not my husband."

  1. The silence was so intense that you could have heard a pin drop.

  1. "I was an actress in Vienna. my husband is alive but in a madhouse. So we could not marry. I am glad now."

  1. "I should like you to tell me one thing," said Mr. Mayherne. "Why are you so bitter against Leonard Vole?"

  1. She shook her head, smiling a little.

  1. "Yes, you would like to know. But I shall not tell you. I will keep my secret."

  1. "There seems no point in prolonging this interview," he remarked. "You will hear from me again after I have communicated with my client."

  1. She came closer to him, looking into his eyes with her own wonderful dark ones.

  1. "Tell me," she said, "did you believe - honestly - that he was innocent when you came here today?"

  1. "I did," said Mr. Mayherne.

  1. "You poor little man." She laughed.

  1. "And I believe so still," finished the lawyer. "Good evening, madam."

  1. He went out of the room, taking with him the memory of her startled face.

  1. Extraordinary, the whole thing. An extraordinary woman. A very dangerous woman.





  1. I. words and word combinations under study



  1. witness

  1. очевидец; свидетель

  1. to hear (to examine) a witness

  1. допрашивать свидетеля

  1. to challenge a witness

  1. отводить свидетеля

  1. examination of a witness

  1. допрос свидетеля

  1. witness for the defence

  1. свидетель защиты

  1. witness for the prosecution

  1. свидетель обвинения

  1. false witness

  1. лжесвидетель

  1. to give witness

  1. давать свидетельские показания

  1. to charge

  1. обвинять; выдвигать или предъявлять обвинение

  1. to charge smb. with a crime

  1. обвинять кого-либо в совершении преступления

  1. to charge with (of) murder

  1. обвинять в убийстве

  1. to get smb. off

  1. оправдать кого-либо

  1. protest (n)

  1. протест, возражение

  1. under protest

  1. против воли, вынужденно

  1. to protest

  1. возражать; протестовать; утверждать

  1. damage (n)

  1. вред, повреждение; дефект; убыток, ущерб, урон

  1. to the damage of smth.

  1. во вред (в ущерб) чему-либо

  1. to do (to cause) damage (to)

  1. причинять убытки; наносить ущерб; портить

  1. to damage

  1. повреждать, портить; вредить, причинять ущерб; дискредитировать, чернить, пятнать

  1. coincidence

  1. совпадение; случайное совпадение обстоятельств

  1. to be full of coincidence

  1. быть полным совпадениями

  1. to take a fancy to smb.

  1. прийтись по душе, полюбиться; привязаться к кому-либо

  1. to urge

  1. понуждать, гнать, подгонять; побуждать, заставлять; убеждать, настаивать

  1. to inquire

  1. спрашивать, узнавать; справляться, осведомляться, наводить справки

  1. to inquire smb.’s name

  1. спросить чье-либо имя

  1. to inquire the way

  1. спросить, как пройти

  1. to inquire after (about) smb.’s health

  1. осведомиться (справляться) с чем-либо

  1. health

  1. здоровье

  1. means

  1. средства, состояние

  1. a man of means

  1. человек со средствами

  1. to be well of

  1. быть хорошо обеспеченным, богатым

  1. to be in low water financially

  1. быть на мели в финансовом отношении

  1. a run of bad luck

    полоса невезения

  1. jury (n)

  1. юр. присяжный заседатель; присяжные (заседатели) состав (суд) присяжных

  1. testimony

  1. юр. показание свидетеля; свидетельское показание как доказательство; доказательство, свидетельство

  1. expert testimony

  1. заключение (паказание) эксперта

  1. testimony for the prosecution

  1. показания свидетеля обвинения

  1. testimony for the defence

  1. показания свидетеля защиты

  1. to give testimony (to smth.)

  1. давать свидетельские показания под присягой

  1. to testify

  1. давать показания, показывать, свидетельствовать; торжественно заявлять

  1. to testify against (on behalf of) smb.

  1. давать (свидетельские) показания против (в защиту, в пользу) кого-либо

  1. to frustrate

  1. расстраивать; срывать; нарушать;делать тщетным; сводить на нет

  1. to frustrate smb.’s efforts

  1. сорвать чьи-то попытки

  1. to frustrate plans

  1. нарушить планы

  1. to frustrate a design

  1. расстроить замысел

  1. a will

  1. зд. завещание

  1. to leave a will

  1. оставить завещание

  1. obvious

  1. syn. evident

  1. явный, очевидный, ясный

  1. an obvious (evident) fact

  1. очевидный (бесспорный) факт

  1. for an obvious (evident) reason

  1. по вполне понятной причине

  1. to pretend

  1. притворятся, делать вид; симулировать; претендовать

  1. to pretend to be asleep

  1. притворяться спящим

  1. to pretend to a right (to the throne)

  1. претендовать на право ( на престол)

  1. pretender

  1. притворщик; поклонник; юр. истец

  1. pretence

  1. притворство, обман; отговорка, предлог

  1. under (on) false pretences

  1. обманным путем

  1. to handle

  1. обращаться (с чем-либо); осуществлять контроль, распоряжаться

  1. to consult

  1. советоваться

  1. to consult a lawyer

  1. посоветоваться с юристом

  1. to consult a doctor

  1. обратиться к врачу

  1. to consult a map

  1. справляться по карте

  1. to consult a dictionary

  1. искать слово в словаре; справляться в словаре

  1. to consult (with) smb. about smth.

  1. консультироваться, совещаться, советываться с кем-либо о чем-либо

  1. to close the door in smb.’s face

  1. закрыть дверь перед кем-либо

  1. uneasy (à)

  1. неудобный

  1. to feel uneasy

  1. чувствовать себя неловко

  1. to make one uneasy

  1. заставить кого-либо чувствовать себя неловко

  1. conscious (a)

  1. сознающий, понимающий; осознанный, сознательный; осознающий; находящийся в сознании

  1. to be conscious of one’s guilt

  1. сознавать свою вину

  1. point

  1. зд. – главное, суть, смысл

  1. to come to the point

  1. дойти до главного

  1. that is not the point

  1. дело не в этом

  1. to give way

  1. отступить, уступить, отходить, сдаваться

  1. to acquit

  1. оправдывать

  1. to be acquitted of the crime

  1. быть признанным невиновным в преступлении

  1. lone (a)

  1. одинокий; уединенный

  1. to play a lone hand

  1. делать что-либо одному, без всякой помощи или поддержки

  1. to admit

  1. признаваться, допускать; впускать; позволять

  1. to admit to smb.

  1. признаться кому-либо

  1. to admit into college (into school)

  1. принять в школу ( в колледж)

  1. he was never admitted into my confidence

  1. он никогда не пользовался моим доверием

  1. it does not admit of doubt

  1. это не вызывает сомнений

  1. challenge (n)

  1. вызов; сомнение; постановка под вопрос; юр. – отвод присяжного заседателя

  1. to challenge (to)

  1. вызывать, бросать вызов; сомневаться, отрицать; оспаривать, подвергать сомнению; требовать; отводить, давать отвод; юр. – отводить присяжного заседателя, возражать

  1. challengeable (a)

  1. сомнительный, небесспрный; вызывающий сомнение

  1. challenger

  1. посылающий вызов; претендент; возражающий




  1. Answer the questions close to the story.




  1. What was Mr.Mayherne? Describe him.

  2. What was Leonard Vole charged with?

  3. What did Mr.Mayherne warn Leonard Vole about?

  4. What did Mr.Mayherne do with his pince-nez?

  5. What did Mr. Mayherne think of the case?

  6. When did he feel doubt for the first time?

  7. Did Leonard Vole admit himself guilty?

  8. Did Mr.Mayherne believe him?

  9. When and where did Mr.Vole make the acquaintance of Miss Emily French?

  10. Where did Mr.Vole meet her again?

  11. What did Miss French ask the young man to do?

  12. Did he accept the invitation? Why?

  13. What facts did Mr.Vole learn about Miss French from his friends?

  14. Who lived with Emily French?

  15. Could Miss Emily French be supposed to be a lady of means?

  16. What was Leonard’s financial position?

  17. How old was Mr.Vole?

  18. What did Leonard say about his nature?

  19. Who brought Leonard Vole up?

  20. Did Mr.Mayherne believe Mr.Vole’s explanation?

  21. How did the maid of Emily French characterize her mistress?

  22. How did Mr.Mayherne describe Miss Emily French to himself?

  23. What “very serious question” did Mr.Mayherne ask?

  24. What did Leonard Vole believe to be a strong point in his favour?

  25. What will did Emily French leave?

  26. What kind of matter had Miss French consulted Leonard Vole as the maid said?

  27. What was the attitude of the maid towards Leonard Vole? Why?

  28. What way did Leonard Vole describe the maid?

  29. What was the maid’s evidence about the night when her mistress was killed?

  30. When did the maid hear the voices in the sitting-room?

  31. What time did Leonard Vole leave Miss French’s house?

  32. When did he come home?

  33. Who met him at home and could prove Leonard’s alibi?

  34. What was Leonard’s version of the murder?

  35. How did Leonard Vole characterize their relations with his wife?

  36. Why did Mr.Mayherne ask Leonard Vole if he had met anyone on his way home?

  37. Where did the Voles live?

  38. Who answered the lawyer’s ring?

  39. Was Mrs.Vole at home?

  40. What did she look?

  41. What impression did she make on the lawyer?

  42. How did Mrs.Vole behave? Was she nervous?

  43. What did she want to know about the case?

  44. What did Mr.Mayherne feel during the conversation with Mrs.Vole?

  45. What did Mrs.Vole say about her attitude to Leonard?

  46. What was Mrs.Vole?

  47. Did she tell the solicitor the reason why she hated Mr.Vole? Why?

  48. When was the lawyer going to meet the young lady again?

  49. What was the lawyer’s impression of the woman?




  1. explain the facts



  1. Why did the solicitor have to know all the facts?

  2. Why did the solicitor feel a doubt ?

  3. Why did not Mr.Vole refuse to come and see Mrs.French?

  4. Why was Mr.Vole getting fond of the old lady?

  5. Why did Mrs.French ask Mr.Vole to look into her business affairs?

  6. Why was Mr.Vole so sure of his alibi?

  7. Why did the solicitor feel a growing alarm during the conversation with Mrs.Vole?




  1. express your own opinion on the statements



  1. But life is full of coincidences.

  2. He knew something of the mentality of elderly ladies.

  3. She was enough of a woman of the world to realize that any man is slightly flattered by such an admission of his superiority.

  4. “The strongest point in my favour is the lack of motive”

  5. A little smile played over her lips.

  6. “You cannot be asked to give evidence against your husband”.



  1. describe the evening of the murder on the part of:






  1. dramatize the conversation between:






  1. characterize leonard vole as if you were mr.mayherne




  1. find the stylistic means used in the sentences




  1. Find the build-up , the culminating point, the denouement

  2. What stylistic means are used in the following sentences:




  1. I’m like a man caught in a net.

  1. litotes (2 отрицания)

  1. The case does not look very black against you.

  1. simile

  1. I’m one of those people who can’t say so.

  1. metaphor

  1. Mr.Mayherne looked up sharply.

  1. epithet

  1. Emily French had been a strong-willed old woman, willing to pay her price for what she wanted.

  1. inversion

  1. You were in low water financially.

  1. hyperbole

  1. She was a faithful watchdog to her mistress.



  1. She was jealous and suspicious.



  1. It was to this house that Mr.Mayherne went.



    A little smile played over her lips.



  1. I would like to see him hanged by the neck till he is dead.



    Her eyes seemed to challenge him.



  1. The silence was so intense that you could have heard a pin drop.






  1. translate from english into russian



  1. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

  2. There was a large crowd in the square, protesting against the war.

  3. Smoking can damage your health.

  4. By sheer coincidence his car was seen near the bank at the time of the robbery.

  5. He urged the horses on with a whip.

  6. She inquired after this mother’s health.

  7. Have you got the means to support the family?

  8. A married woman is not allowed to testify against her husband in court.

  9. The bad weather frustrated our hopes of going out.

  10. Have you made your will, yet?

  11. There are obvious disadvantages in this plan.

  12. She was not really crying, she was only pretending.

  13. Why was I not consulted before you made the decision?

  14. I’m uneasy about this decision.

  15. He is badly hurt but still conscious.

  16. I can’t see the point in trying to persuade him.

  17. The president faces a challenge to his leadership from his deputy.



  1. translate from russian into english

  1. Всем было ясно, что этот план никуда не годится.

  2. Соседи обвинили его в убийстве, но официального обвинения ему предъявлено не было.

  3. Он смотрел на своих пятерых детей с нескрываемой гордостью.

  4. Его невиновность была очевидной.

  5. Его болезнь была лишь притворством.

  6. Я заявляю, что я невиновен.

  7. Дом сильно пострадал от пожара.

  8. Такое поведение вредит вашей репутации.

  9. Работая при таком освещении, ты портишь себе зрение.

  10. Им интересовались на работе.

  11. Он понимал, что его силы угасают.

  12. Вы упустили самое главное.

  13. Ваш ответ не по существу.



  1. match the columns



  1. witness

  1. a) money, income, wealth

  1. under protest

  1. b) a formal statement made by a witness in a court or law

  1. to inquire

  1. c) to be a sign or proof of

  1. means

  1. d) to ask for information

  1. testimony

  1. e) knowing, understanding

  1. to pretend

  1. f) to give an appearance of something

  1. uneasy

  1. g) feeling anxious, uncertain and uncomfortable in the mind

  1. conscious

  1. h) to state or agree to the truth

  1. point

  1. i) to imagine as a game

  1. to admit

  1. j) the main idea contained in smth.

  1. challenge






  1. find english equivalents it the text.

  1. Прокашляться

  2. Преднамеренное убийство

  3. Педантичный

  4. Проницательные глаза

  5. Ни в коем случае

  6. Предельная откровенность

  7. Наметить (определить) оптимальную линию защиты

  8. Безнадежные дело

  9. Простая любезность

  10. Быть на мели в финансовом отношении

  11. Искать знакомства

  12. Сослаться на неосведомленность в делах

  13. Быть польщенным

  14. Не подать виду (не выдать чувств)

  15. Ценные бумаги




  1. write down all the verbs describing the solicitor’s actions with the pince-ney.



  1. give the descriptions of the main characters (background, physical appearance, actions proving the characters’ features).



  1. dramatize the situation



  1. A little bus goes to a dark tunnel. When the bus passes it, one of the passengers is found killed. A detective who is in the bus is making an investigation.

  1. Each of the passengers has something that might be a tool of the murder. The passengers give their reasons why they have this or that subject, they try to prove their innocence. The detective and his two assistants try to find a murderer.

^ Passengers are: a detective, two assistants, a widow, a bachelor, a nun, a businessman, a newly-wedded couple (a young wife, a young husband), a middle-aged woman, her son - a student, an old man, a teenager, a military man, a driver of the bus.

The things, that arise some suspicion, are: a revolver, a gun, a long knife, a box of rat poison, some arrows, a pair of scissors, a hammer, strange-looking pills, an ancient sword, a heavy stick, a saw, an axe.

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