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A Shady Plot

Question 7:

The narrator and his wife reveal something about their character in their words and actions. We also learn about them from what other people say. Can you pick out the words that describe them from the box given below? Also, pick out lines and instances from the story to illustrate your choice.

shy

arrogant

loyal

clever

overconfident

Manipulative

protective

self-disparaging

suspicious

sceptical

jealous fearless

Firm

shrewd

strong

gullible

sly

creative

Loves novelty and thrills

Person

Extract from story

What it tells us about the character

John Hallock

1. …in the end things had always come my Hallock way….. somehow I'd always been able to dig one (plot) up for him, so I'd begun to get a bit cocky as to my ability (to write stories).

1. ______________

2. "But my ghosts aren't a bit like you----".

2. sceptical

3. We scout around until we find a writer without ideas and with a mind soft enough to accept impression.

3. gullible

4. __________________________

__________________________

4. creative

5. __________________________

__________________________

5. protective

Lavinia Hallock

1. __________________________

__________________________

1. loves novelty and thrills

2. __________________________

__________________________

2. Spendthrift

3. __________________________

__________________________

3. suspicious

4. __________________________

__________________________

4. jealous

5. Buys the Ouija board but says it is for John's research

5. manipulative

6. Does not flinch when she meets the ghost but talks to her casually.

6. strong

Answer:

Person

Extract from story

What it tells us about the character

John Hallock

1. …in the end things had always come my Hallock way….. somehow I'd always been able to dig one (plot) up for him, so I'd begun to get a bit cocky as to my ability (to write stories).

1. Overconfident, self-disparaging

2. "But my ghosts aren't a bit like you----".

2. sceptical

3. We scout around until we find a writer without ideas and with a mind soft enough to accept impression.

3. gullible

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