The Nature of Our Future Depends on the Future of Our Nature

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FICTION

Fiction
F. 1 Two Gentlemen Of Verona
A.J. Cron in
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UNIT UNIT

What are the qualities of a "gentleman"? Work with your partner and complete the following web-chart by listing the qualities of a gentleman. Courteous

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Qualities of a Gentleman

Does a gentleman have consideration for others and their feelings? 2. Based on your discussion above, what do you think the story is about? • • 3. …………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………

Now read the story given below. Your teacher will use a variety of techniques for different parts of the story e.g. • • • • Silent reading One student reading aloud to the whole class Students reading in small groups Dramatised reading in small groups TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

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As we drove through the foothills of the Alps two small boys stopped us on the outskirts of Verona1. CBSE

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Verona: a city in Italy. Romeo and Juliet are believed to have lived there

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They were selling wild strawberries. "Don't buy," warned Luigi, our cautious driver. "You will get fruit much better in Verona. Besides, these boys....." He shrugged his shoulders to convey his disapproval of their shabby appearance. One boy had on a worn2 jersey and cut-off khaki pants; the other a shortened army tunic3 gathered in loose folds about his skinny frame. Yet, gazing at the two little figures, with their brown skins, tangled hair and dark earnest eyes, we felt ourselves strangely attracted. My companion spoke to the boys, discovered that they were brothers. Nicola, the elder, was 13; Jacopo, who barely came up to the door handle of the car, was nearly 12. We bought their biggest basket, then set off toward town.

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Next morning, coming out of our hotel, we saw our friends bent over shoeshine boxes beside the fountain in the public square, doing a brisk business. We watched for a few moments; then as trade slackened we went over. They greeted us with friendly faces. "I thought you picked fruit for a living," I said. "We do many things, sir," Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully. "Often we show visitors through the town ... to Juliet's tomb4 ... and other places of interest."

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"All right," I smiled. "You take us along." demeanour5. They were childish enough, and in many ways quite artless6. Jacopo was lively as a squirrel. Nicola's smile was steady and engaging. Yet in both these boyish faces there was a seriousness which was far beyond their years.

10. As we made the rounds, my interest was again provoked by their remarkable

11. In the week which followed we saw them frequently, for they proved extremely useful to us. If we wanted a pack of American cigarettes, or seats for the opera or the name of a good restaurant, Nicola and Jacopo could be relied upon to satisfy our needs. 12. What struck one most was their willingness to work. During these summer days, under the hot sun, they shined shoes, sold fruit, hawked newspapers, conducted tourists round the town, and ran errands. 2 3 worn- old and damaged tunic- a loose outer garment that does not have sleeves 4 Juliet's tomb- the place where Juliet, the woman Romeo loved, was buried. Romeo and Juliet is a play written by Shakespeare. demeanour- appearance and behaviour artless- guileless; innocent

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13. One night, we came upon them in the windy and deserted square, resting on the stone pavement beneath the lights. 14. Nicola sat upright, tired. A bundle of unsold newspapers lay at his feet. Jacopo, his head resting upon his brother's shoulder was asleep. It was nearly midnight. 15. "Why are you out so late, Nicola?" 16. "Waiting for the last bus from Padua. We shall sell all our papers when it comes in." 17. "Must you work so hard? You both look rather tired." 18. "We are not complaining, sir." 19. But next morning, when I went over to the fountain to have my shoes shined, I said, "Nicola, the way you and...
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