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  • Unit 3 The Million Pound Bank-note

  • The Million Pound Bank-Note

  • The Million Pound Bank-NoteA penniless (poor) and lost young American in London becomes the subject of a bet between two rich and eccentric () English gentlemen. They want to know how a poor man do and live with a million pound note. And a series of funny things happened.

  • The Million Pound Bank-Note: short story :(original version:) by Mark Twain play: (adapted from the short story) film :Directed by Ronald Neame

  • If a rich person gives you a large amount of money to use as you like, for example, one million pound, what will you do?Discussion

  • the betHave you ever made a bet with a friend? If so, what did you bet on? How did you feel about the bet after it was won or lost?

  • Characters in the play:Henry Adams: An American businessman, lost in London without money, friends or a job.Roderick and Oliver:Two rich brothers, who made a bet. Roderick believed that a man couldnt survive in the city for a month with only a million pound bank-note. But Oliver believed he could.

  • Main Characters Characters in Scene 3:Henry a lost American businessman in LondonRoderick a rich Englishman, Olivers brotherOliver a rich Englishman, Rodericks brotherServant to the brothersCharacters in Scene 4:Portia Olivers daughterMr. Clemens a diner in the restaurant and expert on bank-notes

  • Some new wordsincredible: difficult to believe stare at: look at sb./sth. for a long time nightfall: the time in the evening when it becomes dark

  • survive: continue to live or exist ; spot: see or notice a person or thing account for: to be the explanation or cause of sth. ....charity:

  • 1. Who was Henry? Fast ReadingAn American businessman, who arrived in London by accident, penniless, hungry and lonely.

  • 2. How did Henry Adams come to England?

    3. Where did Henry work before? How much did he have? It was the ship that brought him to England.He worked for a mining company before and he had no money at all.

  • 4. What did the two gentlemen give Henry? 5. When can Henry open the letter?

    6. Why did they chose Henry? They give him a letter.He cant open it until two oclock.Because Henry was honest, hard-working and poor.

  • Put the following events in correct order:

    Henry wandered in London streets.About a month ago, Henry Adams was sailing out of the bay.The next morning he was spotted by a ship.Towards nightfall he found himself carried out to sea by a strong wind.On the ship he earned his passage by working as an unpaid hand.BDCEA

  • Why did the narrator say youre about to hear the most incredible tale?Because Henry Adams survived at sea.Because Henry Adams earned his passage by working as an unpaid hand.Because Roderick and Oliver invited Henry to step in and asked him questions.Because Henry Adams, a tramp, was given some money for reasons unknown to him.

  • Now do the exercises in the textbook

  • comprehendingAnswer key for Exercise 1:1 F 2 F 3 O 4 O 5 O Answer key for Exercise 2:1 clever 2 confident 3 foolish 4 glad 5 jealous

  • Sum up the main idea of the whole passage

  • The story happened in _________ in ________. Henry, a tramp who came from ______________ landed in Britain ____________. He earned his _________ by working as an _________ hand. Wandering in London streets, he met _______________ who asked him to _____________ their house. After asking Henry many questions, they gave him _________.London1903San Franciscoby accidentpassageunpaid two old brothers step inside a letter

  • Please find out all the stage directions (the Italics), and guess their functions in the play. Functions: 1) tone of voice 2) behaviour

  • Divide up the class so that each group of students looks at one character and then share the idea of each group.What kinds of people are Henry Adams , Oliver and Roderick?Find some adjectives(or other words) to describe them after reading.

  • The characteristics of Henry:It is my first trip here.Well, to be honest, I have none. (no money) Well, I cant say that I have any plans. I dont want your charity. I just want an honest job.honest:

  • I earned my passage by working as an unpaid hand.Could you offer me some kind of work here?I dont want your charity, I just want an honest job.hard-workingpround

  • Well, it may seem luck to you but not to me. If this is your idea of some kind of joke, I dont think its very funny. Now, if youll excuse me, I think Ill be on my way.careless:direct:I landed in Britain by accident.

  • The characteristics of Oliver and Roderick:servants and not worrying about giving a stranger a million pound bank-noteprepared to bet one million pounds just for a bit of funThey see that Herry is honest and proudrichmischievousgood judges of character

  • Enjoy Scene 3.

  • ExplanationA large quantity of money= a large sum of money Now he has a large amount of money. He can do anything he wants with it.

  • :dozens ofscores of a great many a big (large/great) number ofbig (large/great) numbers of2) :mucha great (good) deal ofa great (good) amount of

  • 3) ,:a lot of lots ofplenty ofa large quantity of

  • 2. What will you do with it? do with What shall we do with the rubbish?:do with/deal with , do withdo; deal withdeal,do withwhat, deal withhow

  • How are you going to deal with the waste paper?What are you going to do with the old books?

    3. make a bet make a bet on sth. with sb.= bet on sth. with sb. I bet = Im certain have a bet win/lose a bet / accept / take up a bet

  • 4. Now ladies and gentlemen, youre about to hear the most incredible tale. be about to do e.g. Just as I was about to leave the room, the telephone rang.

  • be about to/ be to/ be going tobe about to do sth. 2)be to3)be going to

  • I was about to jump when the guide stopped me. When is the invention to be put into use? Im not going to tell you the truth.

  • 5. He is lost in London. be lost e.g. He was lost in the forest for three days and nights and was finally rescued by his friends. , e.g. He was so lost in reading this book that he forgot the time of his train. ,

  • 6. Permit me to lead the way, sir. , permit someone to do e.g. Will you permit us to use this room for a meeting this afternoon? permit doing e.g. The rules of the club dont permit smoking. permitallow

  • permit v./ n. n./ pron. ~ + sb. to do sth. doing Dogs are not ~ted in the building. We dont ~ __________ (smoke) in the office. I was ~ted _____________(explain) it. You cant enter the building without a ~. smoking to explain

  • permit allow let permit allow permitlet let.Will you permit me to say a few words?Mary wouldnt allow me in.Let my try.

  • 7. by accident= by chance eg. I only found it by accident.8. stare at stare at angrily= glare at

  • stare, glare, gaze, glanceStare glareglanceat.

  • 9. Find oneself carried out to sea () find oneself +/ () He found himself walking in the direction of the park. After wandering around we found ourselves back at the hotel.

  • foolish, silly, stupidfoolish silly stupid

  • 10. I earned my passage by working as unpaid hand, which accounts for my appearance. , earn ones passage e.g. He couldnt afford the fare, and so he had to earn his passage by doing jobs on the ship. ,

  • 11.account n. ; My salary is paid directly into my bank ~. Can you really afford this ~ ? The ~s show that business is improving. account for 1 explain the cause of sth / He could not ~ for his absence from school. This might ~ for his laziness.2 to make up an amount of sth According to Holowka, buildings account for 65% of total US electricity use.

  • account for e.g. Nobody could account for his absence from school.

  • account for: be the explanation of sth; explain the cause fo sth.;His illness accounts for his absence..Please account for your own conduct..

  • 12.to be honest = to tell you the truth = honestly speaking to be frank = frankly speaking To be honest, I dont think we have a chance of winning.

  • Summary of the Million Pound Bank-Note Henry, a San Francisco businessman is rescued at sea by a British ship that takes him to London where he finds himself without money, friends or the hope of finding a good job. Hungry

  • and alone, he walks the streets of the city when unexpectedly he is asked to a large and grand house. Two rich brothers, Roderick and Oliver, have made a secret bet, Roderick believes that a man cannot survive in the city for a month with only a million

  • Pound bank-note in his possession but Oliver believes he can. The play takes us along on Henrys misadventures with humor and surprise to discover who will win the bet.

  • Summary and homework What do you think of this play? Is money so important? Some people say that money is everything. But some people still think that money can bring them happiness. What do you think of this?

  • What do you think will happen to Henry after taking the money?

  • Review the key sentences in this part. Read the whole pas