English Lessons for Advanced Learners. England, 1819

Список синонимов к текстам №2 (advanced)

  1. simmer with resurrection = restore the economy
  2. impecunious = who need money badly
  3. alight on = choose
  4. hope against the odds = hope against hope (надеятся на чудо)


With the country restoring its economy after the war, the government could not make a public award to the Kents who badly needed money. So the Duke of Kent decided that he had no choice but to take an inexpensive house by the sea. He chose the pretty Woolbroke Cottage, a low house surrounded by trees with lovely views towards the sea. But the family still didn’t want to leave London. The Duke struggled to raise money, hoping against hope that they would be able to stay.

On 2 November, the Kents organized a party for the Duke’s fifty-second birthday. The little princess who was only seven months was dressed up in a pretty dress for Papa. She looked like a child of one. The Duke was waiting for the most needed gift — releif from his debts. But money never apperared. On the 21st, the Kents, along with Feodora, baby Victoria, her dry nurse Lehzen and other servants travelled to Woolbroke Cottage. They arrived at their new home in the afternoon of the Christmas Day, in the middle of the snowstorm.

The winter of 1819 was freezing and the nights were very cold. At that time Woolbrook Cottage was an isolated house, and the entire party, used to living in palaces, felt an extreme discomfort. The Dutchess passed the time practicing her English and walking along the sea with Feodora. But she was too lonely and unhappy, and the debts were increasing. The family decided to return to Germany in spring, the house where they had lived just after their wedding.

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