How English Works A Grammar Practice book Oxford by Michael Swan

By Michael Swan

This booklet makes grammar perform attention-grabbing by means of providing ideas which are effortless to appreciate and have in mind, with workouts that entertain as they train.

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Anger at choosing those clothes! Horror at choosing that mask! If it was to make them laugh, then it was not funny! Even the Prince would never dream of wearing those clothes. The stranger was wearing black clothes. His mask was the face of a dead man. Yes, it was a death mask, but it was the colour of 33 that mask that made everyone shake with horror. The mask was red. It was the mask of the Red Death. Prince Prospero saw the stranger as he walked among the dancers, and suddenly he became mad with anger.

Sound. Once every hour, when the minute-hand came up to twelve, it made a sound that was so loud, so deep, so clear, and so . . richly, so strangely musical that the musicians stopped playing to listen to it. All the dancers stopped dancing. The whole party stopped. Everybody listened to the sound . . And as they listened, some people's faces became white . . Other people's heads began to go round and round . . Others put hands to their heads, surprised by sudden strange, dream-like thoughts .

Prince Prospero gave this party in the newest part of his great house, in seven rooms which he almost never used. Normally, only the most important visitors used those rooms, foreign princes, for example. They were very unusual, those seven rooms, and that is why he chose them for the party. Prince Prospero often had very unusual ideas. He was a very unusual — a very strange — person. First of all, the rooms were not in a straight line. Walking through them, you came to a turn every twenty or thirty yards.

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