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Title: A Dill Pickle Katherine Mansfield


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A Dill PickleKatherine Mansfield
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About the Author
  • Katherine Mansfield
  • An outstanding short story writer. She was
    born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888. She
    studied at Queens College, London, where she met
    D.H. Lawrence and John Middleton Murry, a famous
    critic, whom she later married. After years of
    ill-health and struggle as a freelance writer and
    reviewer, she achieved success with Bliss and
    Other Stories (1920) and The Garden Party (1922).
    Just as she won world fame, however, her health
    grew worse. She died of tuberculosis in 1923.

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About the Author
  • Katherine Mansfield
  • Critics praised her for her capturing the
    essence of Chekhovs art for stories emphasizing
    atmosphere and actual life rather than exciting
    plot, and for her refreshing originality and
    sensitivity to beauty.

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About the Author
  • New Zealand's most famous writer, who was closely
    associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a
    rival of Virginia Wolf. Mansfield's creative
    years were burdened with loneliness, illness,
    jealousy, alienation - all this reflected in her
    work with the bitter depiction of marital and
    family relationships of her middle-class
    characters. Her short stories are also notable
    for their use of stream of consciousness. Like
    the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, Mansfield
    depicted trivial events and subtle changes in
    human behavior.

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About the Text Main Idea
  • This is a story about a young man and a young
    woman who had been lovers once and now meet again
    after six years of separation, and as they
    reminisce, we begin to know what happened six
    years ago that finally led to the end of their
    relationship. In the story, the author artfully
    points up Vera, the heroines sensitivity and the
    mans insensitivity to others their feeling,
    attitudes and motivations,and the mans
    self-involvement.

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About the Text Word Study
  • egoist n.
  • a person who is always thinking about
    themselves or what is best for themselves.
  • egoism n.
  • egoistic/egoistical adj.
  • luxury n.
  • sth that is expensive and enjoyable, but not
    essential,
  • e.g. a luxury hotel/flat live in luxury
    live/lead a life of luxury
  • luxurious adj.

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About the Text Word Study
  • exasperate n.
  • annoy, vex, irritate very much,
  • e.g. She was exasperated at/by his
    stupidity.
  • haunt vi.
  • to visit (said of ghosts) regularly
  • Here to return repeatedly to the mind,
  • e.g. a haunting melody

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About the Text Word Study
  • maniac n.
  • (1) mad personwild and foolish person
  • (2) (derog or joc) person with extreme liking
  • (for sth)
  • e.g. Shes a football maniac.
  • maniacal adj violently mad extremely
    enthusiastic
  • e.g. maniacal behavior, a maniacal expression
    on his face
  • air n.
  • appearance, manner, carriage,bearing
  • e.g. She set about her task with an air of
    quiet confidence.

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About the Text Word Study
  • grimace n.
  • an ugly twisted expression on the face to
    cause laughter or to show pain,disgust,etc
  • e.g. Bernie gave a grimace of disgust and left
    the room.
  • grimace vi (at sb/sth)
  • e.g. She grimaced in/with distaste a the
    thought of it.
  • pagoda n.
  • religious building on Asia, usu a tall tower
    with several stories each of which has its own
    overhanging roof

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About the Text Word Study
  • infuriate vt.
  • make sb extremely angry
  • e.g. I was infuriated by/with their constant
    criticism.
  • It infuriated me to think of the money weve
    wasted.
  • infuriating adj. very annoying
  • e.g. It was infuriating to be so close and
    get unable to contact them.
  • melancholy adj.
  • very sad,causing sadness
  • e.g. A funeral is a melancholy occasion.

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About the Text Word Study
  • impulsive adj.
  • (of people or their behavior) marked by sudden
    action that is undertaken without careful thought
  • e.g. an impulsive man, comment, decision
  • In a burst of impulsive generosity, I offered
    to pay.
  • impulse n. (on impulse)
  • impulsive adj.
  • impulsion n.
  • impulsiveness n.

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About the Text Word Study
  • barbarian n.
  • a person who is primitive or uncivilized
  • barbaric/barbarous adj.
  • barbarism n.
  • barbarity n.
  • decorate vt.
  • to put things in a room or house to make it
    more beautiful,
  • e.g. We decorated the Christmas tree with
    tinsel lights.
  • decorator n.
  • decorative adj.
  • decoration n.

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About the Text Word Study
  • loathe hate sth very much
  • Expansion the synonyms of a word which
    are
  • in meaning, e.g.
  • to dislike (to loathe) to like (to
    adore) small (tiny)
  • big (huge, enormous, immense, colossal)
  • sure (positive) possible (probable)
  • to surprise (to stun to shock) angry
    (furious)
  • hungry (famished) tired (exhausted)
  • pleased (overjoyed) interesting
    (fascinating)
  • many (numerous) fine (excellent
    superb)
  • poor (destitute) old (ancient)

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About the Text Word Study
  • mysterious adj.
  • 1. full of mystery hard to understand or
    explain,
  • e.g. a mysterious event/crime
  • 2. Keeping or liking to keep things secret
  • e.g. He was being very mysterious ,and
    wouldn't tell me what he was up to.
  • mystery n.
  • mysteriously adv.
  • self-engrossed adj
  • occupied with ones own thoughts or interest
    paying no attention to anything other than ones
    own business

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About the Text Expressions
  • peel an orange
  • take off the peel of an orange
  • to peel potatoes to husk the rice to shell
    the peas
  • to wed the garden to skin a cat to gut the
    fish
  • to dust the tables
  • You were saying
  • an expression used to encourage someone you
    just interrupted to continue to speak
  • this thick of his
  • more emphatic than his trick,
  • e.g. look at that son of yours, the
    husband shouted
  • at his wife, he stinks!

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About the Text Expressions
  • for all in spite of all,
  • e.g. (1). For all our efforts, we still
    couldn'tt save his life.
  • (2). For all his power,he is still the
    most despised person.
  • out of all proportion to the occasion
  • (1).completely uncalled for totally
    unnecessary under the circumstances
  • (2).a reaction, result, emotion, etc that is
    out of proportion is too strong or great,
    compared to the situation in which it happen.
  • e.g. The fear of violent crime has now out
    of proportion to the actual risk.

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About the Text Expressions
  • find ones place in life
  • to find a successful career
  • apart from
  • some distance away from
  • compare Apart from (Besides) these reasons,
    there is yet another factor.
  • mournful lover
  • sad lovers whose greatest wish is to die
    together

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About the Text Sentence
Paraphrase
  • 1. But now,as he spoke,that memory faded. His was
    the truer. (para 15)
  • But now, as he spoke, that memory about the
    ridiculous scene gradually disappeared. After
    all, his memory was the truer one. They did have
    a good time on the whole that afternoon.
  • 2. He had lost all that dreamy vagueness and
    indecision. Now he had the air of a man who has
    found his place in life.
  • At that time, the man was much younger, full
    of dreams,very unpractical, very unclear about
    what he should do with his life. But now he
    looked like a man sho has found a successful
    career.

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About the Text Sentence
Paraphrase
  • 3. As he spoke,she felt the strange east that
    had slumbered so longhungry stare upon those
    places.
  • The strange beast probably refers to her
    long-cherished wish to travel to all those
    distant and mysterious places. It had been hidden
    deep in her heart for quite a long time because
    it was impossible for her to realize it given her
    financial and health conditions. But now this old
    wish seemed to be suddenly awakened.

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About the Text Sentence
Paraphrase
  • 4. Only I did desire, eventually, to turn into a
    magic carpet and carry you away to all those
    lands you longed to see.
  • a) magic carpet The allusion comes from the
    story in the Arabian Nights which describes how a
    magic carpet can carry people wherever hey wish
    to go.
  • b) Once again we see the other side of the man.
    He can sometimes say beautiful things.

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About the Text Sentence
Paraphrase
  • 5. As he spoke she lifted her head as though she
    drank something the strange beast in her bosom
    began to purr
  • She had just heard something which was so
    comforting and refreshing that she felt good. Her
    long buried love for the man seemed to wake up
    again.

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In-class Discussion
  • Questions on Comprehension Appreciation
  • What was Vera and the mans relationship six
    years ago?
  • What happened to Vera and the man respectively
    during the past six years?

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In-class Discussion
  • Read for Details
  • She smiled, he frowned. Why? (para. 2)
  • She smiled because she was very glad to see her
    old friend. He frowned because he could not place
    her. He could not recall where he had met this
    women before.

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Read for Details
  • 2. What could Vera have seen in the man that made
    him not without attraction? (para 30)
  • For one thing, he was young, energetic, most
    likely good looking. And he could sometimes say
    things that were extremely touching to Vera.

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Read for Details
  • 3. Why do you think Vera sold the piano? (para
    42)
  • There seems to be only three possible reasons
    One, she lost interest because there was no one
    to appreciate her music Two, she had to go from
    place to place, chasing after warm sunshine, and
    therefore found it impossible to carry the piano
    with her Three, she was financially hard up and
    needed money.

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Read for Details
  • 4. You are not going? (para 53)
  • a) Why did Vera suddenly begin to unbutton
    her collar again and draw down her veil?
  • b) What had the man said to hurt her
    feelings?

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Read for Details
Possible Answers
  • 4. (a). It indicates that Vera was going to
    leave.
  • (b). The ma said It seems such ages ago
    whereas it was only 6 years, showing that he had
    practically forgotten everything about their past
    love The man also said that he had to take such
    a leap to that time, showing again that he had
    ceased to cherish that memory. What hurt her most
    however, was the way he described how he couldn't
    help laughing the other day when he read her last
    latter again, the letter she must have found it
    very difficult to write six years ago. He
    practically treated the whole thing as a joke.

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In-class Discussion
  • Read for Details-Question
  • 5. It simply was that we were such egoists, so
    self-engrossed, so wrapped up in ourselves that
    we had not a corner in our hearts for anybody
    else. Is this a pretty accurate description of
    the man himself? Do you think Vera is just like
    the man?

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Read for Details
Possible Answers
  • 5. It is just a pretty accurate description of
    the man himself. He is making an important
    confession he really has not a corner in his
    heart for anyone else. Therefore Vera was right
    to leave him 6 years ago and she is also right to
    leave him now.

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After-class Questions
  • 1. Why does Veras relationship with the man end
    the way it did? Is it a natural development? Why
    or why not ?
  • 2. Do you agree with that both he and Vera are
    such hopeless egoist that they havent a corner
    in their hearts for anybody else?

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  • The End
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