Read the text and do the tasks.
The valuable fence.
The Greggs were coming back from their first trip to Europe. On board "The Queen Elizabeth" they got acquainted with a Frenchman. His English was good and soon they got quite friendly. The Frenchman told the Greggs that he was an artist and his name was Lautisse. He asked them to keep it in a secret. He did not like publicity. The Greggs didn't know any artist whose name was Lautisse. So they talked to the ship's librarian and found out that their new friend was the world's famous artist whose pictures were very valuable and expensive. The librarian found a book with a biographical sketch and a photograph. The sketch said that the artist had retired at fifty-three to a villa on the Rivera. He said he would never touch a brush again. Lautisse was going to spend a month in New York. Mrs. Greggs suggested that he would come to their place for the weekend. The artist accepted the invitation and made them promise not to invite any other people to their place and not to speak about art. At the appointed time Lautisse arrived at the Greggs and they were happy to see him. Mr. Greggs and his wife did their best to entertain the famous artist, but he did not want to go for a swim or walk in the wood. He wanted to sit and relax. The next morning Mr. Greggs got up very early as he wanted to paint the fence around the vegetable garden. He took a brush and was about to begin painting when Lautisse approached him, as soon as he saw the brush, he seized it from Mr. Greggs and began painting the fence. The same day Lautisse started for New York. Some correspondents found out about Lautisse's stay in New York. An article was published in one of newspapers saying: "Mr. Lautisse has spent all his time in New York except for the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Greggs. He met the Greggs on the ship coming from Europe". The day after the story appeared, two reporters came to the Greggs' place. They wanted to know everything about the stay of the famous artist at their place. They were shown the fence painted and signed by Lautisse. A long article, headlined "Lautisse paints again", was published the next day. The fence turned out to be a valuable thing. It was sold for a big sum of money. It was taken to a museum. The fence was not worth it.
2. What was the Frenchman they got acquainted with?
3.How did the Greggs learn the information about Lautisse?
4. Where did the Greggs invite their new friend to?
5. What did Mr. Greggs want to paint the next morning?
6. What did the Greggs do with the fence painted by the famous artist?
II. Choose the correct ending.
7. The Greggs get acquainted with a Frenchman
8. Lautisse asked them to keep his name a secret because:
9. The Greggs learned from the sketch in the book that
10.The famous artist wanted
11. As soon as the artist saw a brush he
12. At the Greggs place two reporters were shown:
для контролю знань і залучення учнів
до активної роботи у класі та вдома