Hello Hela

Here's the first exercise. I've left the first paragraph complete, and only omitted a few words in the second paragraph, so that you can get used to Henry James's style.

See you later,

MrP

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THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Chapter 1

I remember the whole beginning as a succession of flights and drops, a little seesaw of the right throbs and the wrong. After rising, in town, to meet his appeal, I had at all events a couple of very bad days -- found myself doubtful again, felt indeed sure I had made a mistake. In this state of mind I spent the long hours of bumping, swinging coach that carried me to the stopping place at which I was to be met by a vehicle from the house. This convenience, I was told, had been ordered, and I found, toward the close of the June afternoon, a commodious fly in waiting for me. Driving at that hour, on a lovely day, through a country to which the summer sweetness seemed to offer me a friendly welcome, my fortitude mounted afresh and, as we turned into the avenue, encountered a reprieve that was probably but a proof of the point to which it had sunk. I suppose I had expected, or had dreaded, something so melancholy that what greeted me was a good surprise. I remember as a most pleasant impression the broad, clear front, its open windows and fresh curtains and the pair of maids looking out; I remember the lawn and the bright flowers and the crunch of my wheels on the gravel and the clustered treetops over which the rooks circled and cawed in the golden sky. The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home, and there immediately appeared at the door, with a little girl in her hand, a civil person who dropped me as decent a curtsy as if I had been the mistress or a distinguished visitor. I had received in Harley Street a narrower notion of the place, and that, as I recalled it, made me think the proprietor still more of a gentleman, suggested that what I was to enjoy might be something beyond his promise.

I had no drop again till the next ___, for I was carried triumphantly through the following hours by my introduction to ___ younger of my pupils. The little girl ___ accompanied Mrs. Grose appeared to me on the spot a creature ___ charming as to make it a great fortune to have to do with her. She ___ the most beautiful child I had ever seen, and I afterward wondered that my employer had not ___ me more ___ her. I slept little that night -- I was too much excited; and this astonished me, too, I recollect, remained with me, adding to my sense of the liberality with ___ I was treated. The large, impressive room, one of the best in the house, the great state bed, as I almost felt it, the full, figured draperies, the long glasses in which, for the first time, I could see myself from head to ___, all struck me -- like the extraordinary charm of my small charge -- as so many things thrown in. It was thrown in as well, from the first moment, that I should get ___ ___ Mrs. Grose in a relation over which, on my way, in the coach, I fear I ___ rather brooded. The only thing indeed that in this early outlook ___ have made me shrink again was the clear circumstance of her being so glad to see me. I perceived ___ half an hour that she was so glad -- stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman -- as to be positively on her guard against showing it too much. I wondered even then a little ___ she should wish not to show it, and that, with reflection, with suspicion, ___ of course have made me uneasy.

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Dear MrP, I'm so sorry for the delay. I was so busy doing all sorts of exercices (grammar & translation) that I forgot about this one. Here are my answers:

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Chapter 1

I remember the whole beginning as a succession of flights and drops, a little seesaw of the right throbs and the wrong (meaning, please ?)

I had no drop (meaning, please ?) again till the next DAY, for I was carried triumphantly through the following hours by my introduction to THE younger of my pupils. The little girl WHO accompanied Mrs. Grose appeared to me on the spot a creature SO charming as to make it a great fortune to have to do with her. She WAS the most beautiful child I had ever seen, and I afterward wondered that my employer had not TOLD me more ABOUT her. I slept little that night -- I was too much excited; and this astonished me, too, I recollect, remained with me, adding to my sense of the liberality with WHICH I was treated. The large, impressive room, one of the best in the house, the great state bed, as I almost felt it, the full, figured draperies, the long glasses in which, for the first time, I could see myself from head to TOE, all struck me -- like the extraordinary charm of my small charge -- as so many things thrown in. It was thrown in as well, from the first moment, that I should get INVOLVED WITH Mrs. Grose in a relation over which, on my way, in the coach, I fear I HAD rather brooded. The only thing indeed that in this early outlook COULD (?) / SHOULD have made me shrink again was the clear circumstance of her being so glad to see me. I perceived IN / AFTER (?) half an hour that she was so glad -- stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman -- as to be positively on her guard against showing it too much. I wondered even then a little WHY (??) she should wish not to show it, and that, with reflection, with suspicion, SHOULD (?) of course have made me uneasy.

Thank you very much for helping me with your advice and similar exercices.

Sincerely yours,

Hela

Hello Hela

Very good indeed!

Here are the answers:

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I remember the whole beginning as a succession of flights and drops, a little seesaw of the right throbs and the wrong (meaning, please ?) ] This means an alternation of emotions (hopes, fears, etc.).

I had no drop again till the next DAY, ] Yes

for I was carried triumphantly through the following hours by my introduction to THE ] Yes

younger of my pupils. The little girl WHO ] Yes

accompanied Mrs. Grose appeared to me on the spot a creature SO ] Yes

charming as to make it a great fortune to have to do with her. She WAS ] Yes

the most beautiful child I had ever seen, and I afterward wondered that my employer had not TOLD ] Yes

me more ABOUT ] 'of'; but 'about' is fine.

her. I slept little that night -- I was too much excited; and this astonished me, too, I recollect,
remained with me, adding to my sense of the liberality with WHICH ] Yes

I was treated. The large, impressive room, one of the best in the house, the great state bed, as I almost felt it, the full, figured draperies, the long glasses in which, for the first time, I could see myself from head to TOE, ] 'foot'; 'toe' is ok, though perhaps 'head to toe' is more usual as a slightly exaggerated and less literal phrase. Here, however, she really does look at herself from head to foot.

all struck me -- like the extraordinary charm of my small charge -- as so many things thrown in. It was thrown in as well, from the first moment, that I should get INVOLVED WITH ] "on with"; this was a very difficult one, and "involved with" is a very good suggestion!

Mrs. Grose in a relation over which, on my way, in the coach, I fear I HAD ] Yes

rather brooded. The only thing indeed that in this early outlook COULD (?) / SHOULD ] "might"; but your suggestions are both fine!

have made me shrink again was the clear circumstance of her being so glad to see me. I perceived IN / AFTER (?) ] "within"; "after" is fine; "in" is ok too.

half an hour that she was so glad -- stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman -- as to be positively on her guard against showing it too much. I wondered even then a little WHY
(??)] Yes

she should wish not to show it, and that, with reflection, with suspicion, SHOULD (?)] Yes

of course have made me uneasy.

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Hats off!

MrP
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Thank you MrP Emotion: big smile,

Who has written this please?

Have a nice weekend.
Hello Hela!

It's from "Turn of the Screw", by Henry James. Would you like another passage?

Bye,

MrP
Yes please Emotion: big smile Either the rest of the same passage or another one, as you like.

I could find "involved on with" in the dictionary; does it have a slightly different meaning from "involve with"?

All the best,

Hela
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Oops...sorry...

I meant "get on with"!

Will devise another passage.

See you,

MrP