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London Examinations IGCSE Anthology for English Language (4355) For examination in May and November 2005, 2006, 2007 April 2003, Issue 1 delivered locally, recognised globally


Anthology for English Language (4355)

London Examinations IGCSE

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Authorised by Elizabeth Blount Publications Code UG013433 All the material in this publication is copyright © Edexcel Limited 2004

Section A
From Touching the Void – Joe Simpson Harriet Tubman – a magazine article by Jone Johnson Lewis I Never Thought I could be this Lucky – Lisa Laws (Woman magazine) Impact Alert – Asteroids (adapted from an article by Stuart Clark in Focus magazine) Shopping for Romanian Babies – Sue Lloyd Roberts Explorers, or Boys Messing About? Steven Morris (The Guardian) From Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah From Taking on the World – Ellen MacArthur From A Foreign Field – Ben MacIntyre 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18

Section B
Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost Refugee Blues – W. H. Auden The Country at my Shoulder – Moniza Alvi Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom – Marcia Douglas The Last Night (from Charlotte Gray) – Sebastian Faulks King Schahriar and his brother (extract from The Arabian Nights) The Necklace – Guy de Maupassant A Hero – R.K. Narayan 23 24 25 26 28 29 31 34 40



Section A

Anthology – London Examinations IGCSE in English Language (4355) Publication Code: UG013433 Issue 1, April 2003


From Touching the Void
Joe and Simon are mountain-climbing in the Andes, when Joe has a terrible accident. Here are two accounts by Joe and Simon of what happened. Joe’s account ‘I hit the slope at the base of the cliff before I saw it coming. I was facing into the slope and both knees locked as I struck it. I felt a shattering blow in my knee, felt bones splitting, and screamed. The impact catapulted me over backwards and down the slope of the East Face. I slid, head-first, on my back. The rushing speed of it confused me. I thought of the drop below but felt nothing. Since we were roped together, Simon would be ripped off the mountain. He couldn’t hold me. I screamed again as I jerked to a sudden violent stop. Everything was still, silent. My thoughts raced madly. Then pain flooded down my thigh – a fierce burning fire coming down the inside of my thigh, seeming to ball in my groin, building and building until I cried out at it, and breathing came in ragged gasps. My leg! My leg! I hung, head down, on my back, left leg tangled in the rope above me and my right leg hanging slackly to one side. I lifted my head from the snow and stared, up across my chest, at a grotesque distortion in the right knee, twisting the leg into a strange zig-zag. I didn’t connect it with the pain which burnt in my groin. That had nothing to do with my knee. I kicked my left leg free of the rope and swung round until I was hanging against the snow on my chest, feet down. The pain eased. I kicked my left foot into the slope and stood up. A wave of nausea surged over me. I pressed my face into the snow, and the sharp cold seemed to calm me. Something terrible, something dark with dread occurred to me, and as I thought about it, I felt the dark thought break into panic: “I’ve broken my leg, that’s it. I’m dead. Everyone said it … if there’s just two of you a broken ankle could turn into a death sentence … if it’s...
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