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CHAPTER II





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CHAPTER I

Expressions to be remembered:

to cause public excitement

to give rise to strange conjectures

to do anything in the world to gain a reputation

it is silly (reckless, unjust, vain) of you

to set smb far above all

to be not in the least like smb

to bring a great deal of romance into one’s life

to dine out

to be good at smth

to look smb straight in the face

I am all expectation

to be independent by nature

to be one’s own master

to be on the verge of a crisis in one’s life

to find oneself face to face with

to be hard on smb

to take pains to do smth

to go in for smth

(to be) at one’s ease

to have smth in store for smb

 

Check the spelling, meaning and forms of the following words:

to lie (лежать), to lie (лгать), to lay, to seek, to linger, to fascinate, to flatter

 

Accumulate vocabulary on art:

artist, creator, subject-matter, ethical, mannerism, easel

to be in accord with oneself

full-length portrait

through the medium of an art

to mirror smth in one’s art

to put too much of oneself into smth

to destroy (to create) the harmony

a sitter, a model, canvas

to exhibit a picture

tedious academicians

pencil-painting

to convey the sense of

to paint, sketch, draw from smb

an entirely new mode of style

an entirely new manner in art

tone of colour

 

Transcribe and memorize:

studio odour scent perfume

divan medium easel the Grosvenor

wreaths merely laurel cowardice

microscope romance lacquer virtue

thrift eloquent tremulous gracious

curious hideous mysterious marvelous

tedious conscious scrupulous immorality

unmown insincere disquiet

 

  1. Give the summary of the contents.
  2. Speak on the characters. Dwell on the difference between them. Quote the text. Pay attention to the author’s means of characterization, heroes’ speech.
  3. Quote Lord Henry’s paradoxes. Discuss them. What are they given for?
  4. Speak on Basil’s Attitude to art, to Dorian Gray. Quote the text.
  5. Analyze the author’s similes and metaphors and epithets. Point out the author’s aim in using them.

 

 

CHAPTER II

Expressions to be remembered:

to catch sight of smb

to be in one’s black books

to take a fancy to smb

to make a (delightful) contrast

smb comes across one’s life

to recover from one’s surprise

to make one’s peace with smb

to keep oneself unspotted from smth

to be lost on smb

 

Prolong the list of epigrams and paradoxes you come across in the book.

 

Accumulate vocabulary on art:

to sit, a sitter

a life-sized portrait of smb

to step on the dais

to work up the background

to be in a good form for (painting)

a masterpiece, a work of art

to step back to look at one’s work from distance

likeness of a portrait to the sitter

the finest portrait of our times

to write one’s name in (some) letters on the left-hand corner of the canvas

to rip up the canvas

a long palette-knife

 

Find the synonyms of the two words:

Beautiful, ugly (about 50 of them)

 

Transcribe and memorize:

duet candour whim dais

martyr echo luxury yield

chaos chord olive sovereignty

laburnum caprice fibre somber

viol hedonism brevity wizard

quiver varnish languidly

 

  1. Give the summary of the contents. Who of the characters is in the center now?
  2. Trace the development of Dorian’s character. Point out Dorian’s stages of being morally poisoned by Lord Henry. Are they shown psychologically convincing?
  3. Dwell on Lord Henry’s monologue as revealing the credo of his life.
  4. Compare the two grown-up friends of Dorian Gray (Lord Henry and Basil). Analyze their behaviour towards Dorian. Quote the text.
  5. Write out some more Lord Henry’s paradoxes.

 

 

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