• Gerrard lives alone in a lonely cottage. An intruder, who is a criminal, enters his cottage. He intends to murder Gerrard and take on his identity. Does he succeed?

• The following words and phrases occur in the play. Do you know their meanings? Match them with the meanings given, to find out.

cultured

an informal expression for a fashionable vehicle

count on

unnecessary and usually harmful

engaged

exaggerated

melodramatic

sophisticated; well mannered

to be smart

here, a tone of voice

inflection

avoid

wise guy

an unexpected opportunity for success

a dandy bus

trap

tradespeople

a Christian religious teacher who teaches on Sundays in Church

gratuitous

(American English) a person who pretends to know a lot

dodge

depend on; rely on

lucky break

(American English) an informal way of saying that one is being too clever

Sunday-school teacher

occupied; busy

frame

merchants

 

• No, the intruder does not succeed in fulfilling his plans because he is outsmarted by Gerrard's wit.

 

cultured

sophisticated; well mannered

count on

depend on; rely on

engaged

occupied; busy

melodramatic

exaggerated

to be smart

(American English) an informal way of saying that one is being too clever

inflection

here, a tone of voice

wise guy

(American English) a person who pretends to know a lot

a dandy bus

an informal expression for a fashionable vehicle

tradespeople

merchants

gratuitous

unnecessary and usually harmful

dodge

avoid

lucky break

an unexpected opportunity for success

Sunday-school teacher

a Christian religious teacher who teaches on Sundays in Church

frame

trap

 

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