Jack London. The Apostate (adapted for pre-intermediate)

Part 3

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New Words to Learn:

  1. patience – терпение
  2. annoyed – раздраженный (от annoy – раздражать)
  3. liveliness – живость, веселость
  4. be in ones debt – быть у кого-то в долгу
  5. ungrateful – неблагодарный
  6. punch – ударить
  7. ought to – должен

Supper was the family meal of the day — the one meal at which Johnny met his younger brothers and sisters. They were too young. He had no patience with their young age. He did not understand it. His own childhood was too far behind him. He was like an old man, annoyed by their silly talks and liveliness. He looked silently over his food and thought that they would soon have to go to work.

After the meal was over, Jonny went out. He sat down on the stairs, his elbows on his knees and the palms of his hands supporting his chin. He was not thinking, he was just resting. His brothers and sisters came out, and played noisily about him. He paid no attention. Then they started to dance around and sing songs. Johnny was silent.

His brother Will, next to him in age, was 10 years old. Johnny did not like him very much. Some time ago, in his own childhood, he took care of Will because their mother was at work in the factory like now. Will was a baby then and Johnny was a little father and little mother for Will. Since then he had a feeling that Will was in his debt and was ungrateful about it.

Will was strong, as tall as his elder brother and even bigger. He looked healthy.

The children came closer and the noise rose louder. Will danced, putting his tongue out. Suddenly Johnny caught his brother’s neck with his left arm and at the same time punched his bony fist to Will’s nose. Then Johnny kicked him downward in the dirt.

The other children started crying and the mother came out, worried.

«Why can’t he leave me alone?» was Johnny’s reply to her. «Can’t he see I’m tired?»

«I’m as big as you,» Will stood in her arms, his face a mess of tears, dirt, and blood. «I’m as big as you now, and I’m going to get bigger. Then I’ll beat you — see if I don’t.»

«You ought to be to work, seeing how big you are,» Johnny answered. « You ought to be to work. I was younger than him when I started to work. Why mother?»

9 thoughts on “Jack London. The Apostate (adapted for pre-intermediate)
  1. ksen20 says:

    Добрый день.Большое спасибо за ваш прекрасный сайт,случайно зашла и теперь не могу оторваться.Такое удовольствие читать на английском языке,узнавать новое и вспоминать,что забылось.Спасибо за ваш труд!

    • Tatiana says:

      Здравствуйте! Читайте и получайте удовольствие))

  2. twysvetlana says:

    Чтение этой книги подтвердило.что мой уровень-Pre intermediate.Но я с удовольствием читаю книги и Intermediate.Мне очень нравится объяснение слов на английском языке.это расширяет и закрепляет словарный запас.

    • Tatiana says:

      Светлана, спасибо за ваш feedback! Раз нравится объяснение слов на английском, то уровень скорее intermediate)

  3. twysvetlana says:

    I’ve completed reading this story.I liked it.I would want to know the boy’s fate.That time was heavy and unhappy for children. I thankful you for reading such short stories.

    • Tatiana says:

      Svetlana, you are a very devoted reader. Thank you for your feedback!

  4. Kish-Mish says:

    Я даже всплакнул на 8 странице

    • Tatiana says:

      Спасибо, что читаете рассказы Джека Лондона на сайте!

  5. Екатерина says:

    it’s a beautiful story, has a really strong plot! I think that there are few people in the world who can be able to do this hard work at the age of 14, instead of playing games with their friends and go to school like other children do.

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