Топик Harry is ill.
Harry: Nora! Nora!
Nora: (coming into the room) Yes, what is it now, Harry?
Harry: Oh, there you are. Look here, Nora, I’m tired of lying here on my back with nothing to do. I hate doing nothing.
Nora: Don’t be silly, Harry. You’re got a temperature, and staying in bed is the only sensible thing to do. Now just be quite, and stop preventing me from doing my housework.
Harry: No, seriously, Nora. I can’t bear it. Lying flat on my back!
Nora: Well then, try lying on your stomach for a change!
Harry: Stop being funny. I’m going to get up. There! Look, I’m standing up, I’m quite all right. What’s the use of standing in bed?
Nora: I think you’re being very silly. You’ll only make your temperature go up again.
Harry: It’s no use talking, Nora – being ill doesn’t suit me.
Nora: No – and trying to nurse you doesn’t suit me!
Harry: Now don’t be bitter about it. You know I’m grateful to you for looking after me. But you mustn’t try to keep me in bed like a naughty boy.
Nora: Well, you began it, by behaving like a naughty boy!
Harry: I’m all against this staying in bed for no reason.
Nora: Harry, being ill is a reason… Now don’t stand by that window and catch another cold… Let me see, half past eleven.
Harry: Why do you keep looking at the clock?
Nora: I’m expecting Mother – she’s coming over for the day.
Harry: Good heavens, I didn’t know that.
Nora: Yes, I think she has something she wants to talk to you about.
Harry: Oh heavens! Has she? (groans) Oh… You know, Nora, I do feel a bit ill; perhaps I’d better get back to bed.
Nora: (disingenously) Oh, what a pity! I thought perhaps you might stay up to see her.
Harry: (to himself) That’s the very reason I’m getting back into bed!
Nora: What did you stay?
Harry: Oh, er-nothing.
(from “A Bridge to a Spoken English”)
Список слов к топику Harry is ill
with nothing to do – ничего не делая
for a change – для разнообразия
silly – глупый
to suit smb. – подходить, быть к лицу кому-либо
to be grateful to smb. – быть благодарным кому-либо
naughty boy – непослушный мальчик
for no reason – без причины
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