Some people were talking of unusual events. There was a young man among the strangers and Dabney wanted to include him in the talk. At last he talked about an event that happened to him personally. He was in an old house, and he saw a patch on the wall. It was exactly like a human face. He went to places where men collected together searching for the man. At last he saw him in a taxi and followed him to France. He took the man’s card bearing his name and address. The man’s name was Mr. Ormand Wall, the millionaire. One day Mr. Ormand had a car accident and he died. The strangest thing is that the face on the wall disappeared with the man’s
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
c1- What kind of events were they talking about?
* They were talking about unusual events that had no natural explanation.
2- Who encouraged the stranger to talk?
* Mr. Dabney.
3- What did the stranger say about his story?
* He said it was a true story that happened to him personally and completed itself this afternoon.
4- What did the storyteller say about “truth”?
* Truth is stranger and more interesting than stories.
5- Why were there patches on the walls of his bedroom?
* It was an old house and the place was damp.
6- What was strange about one of the patches on the wall?
* One of them was exactly like a human face.
7- How was it different from the other patches?
* It remained exactly the same and didn’t change like the other patches around it.
8- How did the face get a firmer hold of the storyteller?
* He thought of the man as his fellow lodger.
9- Why does the storyteller feel sure that the face on the wall was the face of a real person?
* Because it had such a firm hold of him that it was real.
10- What happened to the storyteller when he was ill?
* The face became the chief thing in his thoughts day and night.
11- What did the storyteller do when he got better?
* He searched the streets for a man with a face like the one on the wall.
12- Where did the storyteller search for that face?
* He went to places where men collected as busy corners, political meetings and football matches.
13- Why did the police begin to suspect the storyteller?
* Because he has been standing at busy corners watching the crowd and looking at men.
14- Where did he see the man with the face?
* He saw him in a taxi.
15- Why did the man with the face go to Charing Cross Railway Station?
* To take the train to Folkestone and to France by boat.
16- Who was standing with the man at the platform?
* Two ladies and a little girl.
17- What did the storyteller do to catch the man?
* He took the same train and the same boat.
18- What did he ask the man to give him and what was written in it?
* His card and found “Mr. Ormand Wall, with an address at Pittsburg, U.S.A”
19- When the storyteller asked Mr. Ormand for his card, he didn’t ask him why. What did the storyteller say about this?
* He said it was clear that Mr. Ormand thought he was a mad man.
20- What made the storyteller faint?
* When he read the man’s name on the card, he fainted because it was the same name of the street and the second name was “Wall”.
21- How long did he stay in hospital?
* For some weeks.
22- What knowledge did the storyteller get about Mr. Ormand when he returned from hospital?
* He was American millionaire with English parents who had lived in London.
23- What did he read in the evening papers?
* Mr. Ormand had had an accident and was in a very bad condition.
24- What happened to the face when the millionaire made the accident?
* The face grew faint.
25- When did the face on the wall disappear?
* At the moment Mr. Ormand died.
26- What were the three extraordinary things about the story?
1- The face on the wall of a house in London was like the face of a gentleman in America. It disappeared when the man died.
2- The gentleman’s name was related to the place where the face appeared.
3- The storyteller made the story up half an hour before.
1- “Truth, I always believe.”
a) Who says this? What does he aim at?
b) Whom did the events, which he was going to relate, happen to?
c) When was it completed?
2-“One of these patches, as indeed often happen, was exactly like a human face.”
a) Where was that patch?
b) What was the strange thing about that patch?
c) When did it disappear?
3-“And then I saw him.”
a) Who was that man he saw?
b) What did the storyteller do when he saw him?
c) Where did the storyteller was able to talk to him? What did he ask him?
4-“Follow that taxi.”
a) Who to whom?
b) Why did he want to follow that taxi?
c) Where was it going?
5-“excuse me, but do u mind giving me your card?”
a) Who to whom?
b) What was written on the card?
c) What happened to the speaker when he read it? Why
6-“I rubbed my eyes and sprang up.”
a) Why did the storyteller rub his eyes?
b) What was the event that made the face grow faint?
c) How did the storyteller feel when this happened?
7-“I went back to my room as if I was in a dream.”
Why do you think he describes going back to his room as if “in a dream”?
a) When did the face completely disappear?
b) How was the man’s name related to the place?
8-“The third extraordinary thing about the story is that I made it up about half an hour ago.”
a) What was the speaker doing when he said this?
b) Why was this statement a great surprise to the hearers?
c) What was the only true thing in the story?