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Plan for Class 1.

1. Study the Title of the novel. What, do you think, is the implication of it?

2. Read pp. 21-31 of the novel and be ready to retell them.

3. Find in the book the following expressions and word-combinations and be ready to recall the contexts they are used in

- to have something out of the ordinary p.21

- to be an object of ridicule p.21

- to give an outline of something p.23

- to have passion for something p.23

- to rub shoulders with somebody p.23

- to have a faculty for something p.23

- in due course p.24

- to through light upon something p.26

- to know somebody in the flesh p.26

- to while away something p.27

- to be as dead as a mutton p.28

- to conceal embarrassment p.28
4. Be ready to answer the questions and discuss the concepts suggested below



5. Prepare reports about Somerset Maugham and the main character of the book the painter Pol Gauguin.
Class 2


  1. Read pp.31-46 and be ready to retell the extract.

  2. Find in the text the following expressions and word-combinations, translate them into Russian and make up situations of your own using at least 8-9 of them.

- to be absorbed in one’s affairs/thoughts p.31

- to rave about somebody p.31

- to be friendly disposed to each other p.32

- to put somebody in high/low spirits p.32

- to have a gift for something p.32

- to shrug one’s shoulders p.33

- to bore somebody to death p.36

- to something at one’s risk p.36

- to rack one’s brains p.40

- to reflect on something p.41

- to occur to somebody p.42

- to take somebody by surprise p.43

- not to utter a word p.43


  1. Be ready to discuss the ideas and answer the questions below

What was R.Waterford’s attitude to life?

What is the irony of the description of the luncheon? The behaviour of the guests?

What is the way the narrator describes Mrs Strickland’s appearance?

What was the real source of Mrs Strickland’s passion for reading?

What way did R.Waterford characterize Mr. Strickland?

What did Mrs Strickland’s gift for sympathy consist in?

What does the narrator mean by saying “you felt obliged her by accepting her sympathy”? What way did R/Waterford interpret this gift?

What sort people were invited to the party? Were the guests sincerely glad to see each other?

What impression did Mr.Strickland produce on the narrator? Did he fit the company?

What sort of family life of the Stricklands did the narrator picture to himself?

Did the narrator find anything extraordinary about the Stricklands’ family?

What way did R.Waterford informed the narrator about the embarrassing news?

How did Mrs Strickland accept the news? What aspect of it was she concerned about most of all?

Class 3.


  1. Read pages 46-63 of the novel and make up a plan for retelling.




  1. Find in the text the following word-combinations and expressions. Give their Russian equivalents and use them in retelling.

- to have a sketchy knowledge of something p.47

- to fly into passion p.47

- to do something on someone’s behalf p.49

- to tackle a case\question p.49

- to owe smb. something p.49

- to get infatuated with something p.49

- to do something at random p.50

- to let bygones be bygones p.52

- to be exhausted by something p.53

- to play a trick on somebody p.54

- to make an enquiry p.55

- to give a chuckle p.51

- to find a fault with somebody p.58

- to be possessed of a devil p.62


  1. Find in the text the following sentences? Translate them into Russian and state the meanings of the modal verbs.

“It must have been very difficult to explain to Robert,” I said.

It could not have been very easy to be right …

“And what is to happen to them, poor darling?”

“I have to think of my children.”

“What am I to say to the children when they ask for him?”

Now she told me exactly what I should say.

There were clerks and shop-girls; old fellows who might have stepped out of the pages of Honore de Balzac.

Of course there were many things I might have answered to this.



4. Be ready to discuss the following.


Class 4 Read pp.63-80 and fulfill the following assignment.
I. Find in the text the following expressions and word-combinations. Give their Russian equivalents and use them in situations of your own.
- to make show of something p.63

- to feel oneself on the verge of adventure p.64

- to ascribe something to something p.65

- to be content with somebody p.65

- to get a grip of somebody p.67

- not to make head or tail of something p.69

- to strike home p.72

- to use somebody for one’s own ends p.73

- to cast a spell over somebody p.74

- to take something for granted p.74

- not to attach any importance to something p.75

- to earn one’s living p.75

- to be seized with panic p.76
II. Points for discussion. Enlarge on the following.


  1. “Only the poet or the saint can water an asphalt pavement in the confident anticipation that lilies will reward his labour” (p.63)

  2. “It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set. It affords you then an inordinate amount of self-esteem. You have the self-satisfaction of courage without the inconvenience of danger” (p.67)

  3. Why, do you think, the narrator found it timely to say about Mr.Strickland’s suggestion of the divorce? (p.73)

  4. “… I was distressed to find so much vindictiveness in so charming a creature.” (p.73)

  5. But she couldn’t get over the idea that to earn her living was somewhat undignified. (p.76)

  6. Why, do you think, Mts. Strickland “ … was a little ashamed of her courage and business capacity … (p.76) Why she didn’t want her daughter to go into her business?

  7. What way does the following characterize Dirk Stroeve’s painting? “To look at his pictures you would have thought that Monet, Manet, and the rest of the Impressionists had never been”. (p.78)

  8. To take money from him was like robbing a child, and you despised him because he was so foolish. (p.79)

  9. Where does Dirk Stroeve’s feeling for art come from? (p.79)


III. Retell the indicated chapters according to the following plan.
Ch. 13

  1. The narrator struggles with his responsibility of his mission in Paris.

  2. The incident that took place in the tavern.

Ch. 14

  1. The narrator develops his own way of understanding why Mr. Strickland had abandoned the world for the sake of the obsessive idea.

  2. The narrator’s concept of people who claim they don’t care for the public opinion.

  3. Mr. Strickland’s attitude to the public conventions.



Ch. 15

  1. The impression Mrs. Strickland’s sister produced on the narrator.

  2. The narrator informs Mrs. Strickland of what he had found in Paris. Speak on the way Mrs. MacAndrew explained the reason of it.

  3. The way Mrs. Strickland accepted the real reason of her husband’s intention not to return to the family. The punishment she wished for her husband.

  4. The conclusion made by Mrs. MacAndrew.


Ch. 16

  1. Explanation of Mr.Strickland’s escape, Mrs. Strickland would keep to.

  2. The changes in Mrs.Strickland’s life and position.

Ch. 17

  1. The reason why the narrator changed London for Paris.

  2. The business Mrs. Strickland was in and the way she managed it.

  3. Mrs. Strickland offers money for her former husband. The conclusion the narrator comes to on the real reason of it.

Ch. 18

  1. The narrators goes to see Dirk Stroeve. The kind of a man and painter D.Stroeve is.

  2. The attitude of Stroeve’s fellow-painters to him and the way they made use of him.

  3. Dirk Stroeve is the man who never learns by experience.


IY. Write out of the text sentences in the Subjunctive Mood. Translate them into Russian and comment on their use.


Class 5
1. Read and prepare pp. 80-98 for close retelling

2. Find in the text the following impressions and word combinations. Translate them into

Russian and use in your retelling.
- to be convinced of something p.84

- to be occupied with one’s thoughts p.87

- to aim at something p.90

- to bring something to completion p.90

- to humbug somebody p.92

- to finish with something for good and all p.93

- to lead a regular life p.93


3. Translate into Russian the extract beginning with ‘Why should you think that beauty …’ up to the words ‘ … and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.’ (p.85)
4. Enlarge on the following


  1. Why and on what condition, do you think, Strickland agreed to have dinner with the narrator? (p.88)

  2. What strategy did the narrator chose to make Strickland speak up? (p.88)

  3. What made Strickland distinguished from most Englishmen? (p.89)

  4. What way did Strickland earn his living? Why didn’t he sell his pictures?

  5. Why, do you think, Strickland quit learning painting at studios?

  6. What was Strickland’s idea of fame? Why, do you think, his dream was to find an island where he could live in a hidden valley?

  7. Why, do you think, Strickland was so indifferent to the past and so much concerned about the everlasting present? (p.92)

  8. Why did Strickland feel at home with the narrator? Had the narrator’s philosophy changed since they met last time?

  9. Was the narrator’s interest in Strickland only professional?

  10. What way did the narrator embarrass Strickland? (p.93) Did his concept of freedom stroke home?

  11. What impression does Dirk’s wife produce? Was she a perfect match for Dirk?

  12. What was Dirk’s appraisal of Strickland’s paintings? Did he envy Strickland?

  13. What attracted Dirk in Strickland who would constantly humiliate him?

  14. Why, do you think, Strickland felt sympathy to the narrator?

  15. What did the narrator imply by saying to Strickland that it was disappointing to find that at heart Strickland was sentimental? Did he really mean it?


State meanings of the modal verbs in the following sentences
1. ‘And you will tell the story, Dirk/’said his wife. (p.83)

2. ‘I certainly should never have known him.’ (p.86)


CLASS 6
1. Read and prepare pp. 98-120 for close retelling

2. Find in the text the following expressions and word combinations. Translate them into

Russian and use 8-10 of them in situations of your own.
- to swear not to do something p.99

- to be panic stricken p.100

- to take offence p.101

- not to stir a finger to do something p.103

- a matter of life or death p.104

- to drive somebody to distraction p.105

- to induce somebody to do something p.107

- to take turns at doing something p.108

- to lay a burden on somebody p.108

- to be nothing but skin and bone p.109

- to make an impression on somebody p.109

- to be taken by surprise p.115

- not to stomach something (not to have stomach for something) p.117

- to grow dimly conscious of something p.118

- to make a scene p.119
3. Translate into English giving equivalents from the text.

1. “ … он решил больше не иметь ничего с ним общего.” (p.99)

2. «Даже если они ему не понравились, он должен был быть вежливым.» (p.104)

3. “Если бы ты заболел, он бы и пальцем не пошевелил, чтобы тебе помочь.» (p.104)

4. “Когда тебе протягивают руку помощи.» (p.106)

5. «… они с мужем дежурят по очереди.» (p.108)

6. «Ты будешь, по крайней мере, избавлена от самых страшных лишений.» (p.117)

7. «Я думал … все образуется.»
4. Enlarge on the following


  1. What was Stroeve’s family life like?

  2. How did Stroeve feel about Christmas day?

  3. How did Stroeve and the narrator manage to find Strickland?

  4. What sort of conversation took place in Stroeve’s studio that day? (102-106)

  5. Why did the narrator consider Strickland a most difficult patient?

  6. Describe the way Dirk Stroeve nursed Strickland.

  7. What change came over Blanche Stroeve? Could it be predicted?

  8. Speak on the scene the narrator was a witness of. (p.109)

  9. How did Strickland’s illness affect his appearance?

  10. Describe the narrator’s encounter with Stroeve at the Louvre.

  11. Speak on the contradictory feelings that the narrator had when Stroeve told him about his separation with Blanche.

  12. Describe the state Dirk Stroeve was in. What was the narrator’s reaction to it?

  13. Speak on the dialogue between Dirk Stroeve and the narrator that followed Stroeve’s story.

  14. What, do you think, were the real reasons of Blanche’s separation with Dirk Stroeve?



Comment on the use of the modal verbs and infinitives in the following sentences
1. ‘I asked him one or two questions, but hу would not answer.’ p.102

2. ‘He shall be no trouble to you.’ p.103

3. ‘He needn’t have insulted you.’ p.104

4. ‘No one shall come here without your entire consent.’ p.106

5. ‘I tried to speak but the words wouldn’t come.’ P.114


CLASS 7
1. Read and prepare pp. 120-140 for close retelling

2. Find in the text the following expressions and word combinations. Translate them into

Russian and use them in situations of your own.
- to be defenseless against something p.120

- to resist the temptation of doing something p. 123

- to have mercy on somebody p. 124

- to trifle away an idle hour p. 126

- If the worst comes to the worst p. 129

- to flow into a temper p. 130

- to be cross with somebody p. 131

- to commit suicide p. 133

- to come to somebody’s rescue p. 136
3. Translate into Russian

1. “ she had foreseen disaster (p.121)

2. «His appearance was wild and uncouth” (121)

3. “to gratify a whim at the cost of another’s misery” (p.122)

4. “she has no kindness then, no tolerance even » (p.124)

5. “No word had passed her lips.» (p.124)

6. «I saw no object in seeking him out for the purpose” (p.126)

7. «For all we know they may have settled down into a most domestic couple» (129)
4. Translate into English giving equivalents from the text

1. «Он держался крайне недостойно.» (123)

2. «Он подкараулил ее на улице.» (123)

3. « … стараясь на отставать от нее.» (124)

4. « .. истинное чувство красоты и способность создавать только то, что банально.»

5. столкнулся с ними лицом к лицу.» (126)

6. «Он сделал один глоток.» (131)

7. «Может быть, она отделается испугом.» (123)

8. «Следовать по стопам своего отца» (138)


CLASS 8
1. Read and prepare pp. 140 -159 for close retelling

2. Find in the text the following impressions and word combinations. Translate them into

Russian and use in your retelling.
- to give a gasp p.142

- to clench one’s fists p.142

- a work of art p.143

- to have other fish to fry p.145

- to prevent somebody from doing something p.147

- to be at pains to do something p.147

- to yearn for something p.154

- in due course p.155

- to best advantage p. 155

- to be taken aback by something p.156

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3. Translate into Russian the extract beginning with ‘Suddenly he caught sight of a canvas …’ up to the words… Then he stood back in order to see it at his ease.’ (p.142)
4. Find in the text the English equivalents of



  1. Какое-то непонятное стремление к самоистязанию (140)

  2. Он с трудом поднялся на лестницу (140)

  3. Мысль о ее страданиях была нестерпимой (141)

  4. Избитые фразы (152)

  5. Возмущаться ее черствым эгоизмом (154)

  6. Последнее слово в живописи (156)



5. Make up a list of points for discussion. Be ready to enlarge on the following.

What way did Strove saw the last minutes of Blanche’s life?

What trends of Blanche’s character could found in the way she arranged things in the kitchen before the suicide?

What terrified Sroeve most of all when he imagined the last minutes of Blanche’s life?

Give the description of Stroeve’s studio. How does it characterize him?

What feelings did the picture of Blanche provoke in Stroeve?

Why couldn’t he destroy the picture?

How, do you think, the picture changed Stroeve?

What is Strickland’s concept of love and the women’s role in it?

What impression did the pictures produce on the narrator? Did they help him understand Strickland’s inner world?

What was particular in Strickland’s technique of painting? What effect did he achieve by simplification?

6. Write out of the text sentences in the Subjunctive Mood. Translate them into Russian and comment on the forms.


CLASS 9
1. Read and prepare pp. 159 - 180 for close retelling

2. Find in the text the following impressions and word combinations. Translate them into

Russian and use in your retelling.
- to be ignorant of something p.159

- to gamble on the Exchange p.160

- to lose sight of somebody p.160

- to fall a victim to something p.161

- (to have something) at one’s disposal p.161

- to put on airs p.169

- to do something at somebody’s expense p.169

- odd jobs p.175

- to have a stroke of luck p.175

- to look for trouble p.178

- to fight with all the might p.179
3. Translate into Russian the extract beginning with ‘The landlord was not a man he cared to tackle … .’ and ending with “ Passers-by surged in from the street” (178)
4. Find in the text the English equivalents of

1. Здесь, говоря избитыми фразами, он нашел себя.. (166)

2. Ему не мешало бы вымыть руки. (169)

3. Важно не то, что он сказал, а как он это сказал. (176)

4. И больше капитан Николс его не видел (179)



  1. Be ready to enlarge on the following.


What does the narrator mean comparing Strickland to Prometheus?

Speak on the possible reasons (According to the narrator) that led Strickland to painting.

What is the narrator’s idea of an effective story about Strickland?

What way does the narrator picture Blanche’s life with Strickland?

Speak on the impression Tahiti produced on the narrator. Why? Do you think? Strickland was so attracted by the island?

What sort of a person was Captain Nichols? What does the narrator mean by saying that he remained Captain’s debtor?

Enlarge on the following “The rogue? Like the artist and perhaps the gentle man? Belongs to no class” (p.171) How this can be related to the captain?

Speak on the impression Captain’s wife produced on the narrator? What kind of power over her husband had she?

What circumstances brought Captain and Strickland together? How did Strickland stand the hardships?

Why did Tough Bill turn Strickland and Nichols out of his house?

Describe the people and the cafй Strickland and Captain were staying in one night.

Speak on the fight between Strickland and Tough Bill. Was it just an ordinary fight?

Why? Do you think? The narrator didn’t believe the story told by Captain?
6. Write out of the text sentences in the Subjunctive Mood. Translate them into Russian and comment on the forms.


CLASS 10
1. Read and prepare pp. 180 – 200 for retelling

2. Find in the text the following impressions and word combinations. Translate them into

Russian and make up situations of your own using them.
- to buy something for a song p.181

- not to make head or tail of something p.182

- to be inapt for something p.182

- to play second fiddle to somebody p.189

- to make a hash of life p.189

- to take one’s time p.193
3. Translate into Russian the extract beginning with ‘I suppose the next three years were the happiest …’ and ending with “ ... with their scarlet flowers”. (194-195)
4. Find in the text the English equivalents of

1. «.. ее смех был самым заразительным» (184)

2. «Прежде, чем приступить к своим новым обязанностям.» (186)

3. Бывало целыми днями…. (195)



  1. Be ready to enlarge on the following.


What way was Strickland considered by the natives of Tahiti?

Speak on the circumstances that brought Strickland to a Jewish trader Cohen.

Speak on the effect Strickland’s paintings produced on Cohen and his wife.

What was the destiny of the picture that had been kept in the attic?

What sort of a woman was Mrs. Johnson? What were her preferences?

Speak on the way Strickland came to Tahiti.

Comment on the following “They are strangers in their birth place”. Could it in any way be related to Strickland?

Enlarge on the story about Abraham. How does it remind of Strickland’s life?

Speak on the way A. Carmichael considered Abraham’s failure in life as he understood it. Did the narrator share it?

Speak on the way Strickland got Ata for a wife. Why, do you think, he agreed to it?

What sort of life did Strickland and Ata live in the bungalow?

What impression did the place where Strickland lived produce on Captain Brunot?

Speak on the circumstances that brought Strickland and Brunot together.

What, do you think, attracted Strickland to the natives and their relationships?

What did Strickland valued most of all in his surrounding?

What did Captain Brunot mean by saying that Strickland had done him an injustice? Does it somehow explain the fact of his liking Strickland’s paintings? What did they portray?

6. Write out of the text sentences in the Subjunctive Mood. Translate them into Russian and comment on the forms.
CLASS 12
Prepare to speak on the following topics

  1. W. Somerset Maugham’s life and literary career.

  2. The main ideas of the novel “The Moon and Sixpence”. Give your own interpretation of its title.

  3. The characters of the novel and the way your attitude to them changed in the course of reading the novel.

  1. Charles Strickland.

  2. Mrs. Strickland.

  3. Dirk Stroeve.

  4. Blanche, Mrs. MacAndrew, Mrs Tiare Johnson, Ata, Captain Brunot

  1. The literary qualities of the novel.

  2. Paul Gauguin as the prototype of the hero of the novel. Particularities of his painting techniques and philosophy.
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