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Animal Farm revisited, chapter 3

ANIMAL FARM Chapter 3 The harvest of the hay is difficult because the tools are for men and men stand on two legs. The pigs do not work; they give orders to the other animals. All the animals help one another so the harvest is anyway abundant. They work hard all summer, but they are happy because they work for…

Marcus Clark’s Darkson House, Chapter 3 – The Witch

3. THE WITCH It wasn’t very far to ride to Darkson House, about one kilometre. But because it was on the top of a hill we were puffed out by the time we reached the front gate. The midday sun was at its hottest, but we could feel a slight sea breeze on top of the hill. ‘Now what?’ I…

George Orwell’s Animal Farm revisited, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – Animalism Old Major dies after 3 nights, but his speech is still in the animals’ minds. They do not know when the rebellion can start but they want to prepare it. The pigs are the animals that can organize everything because they are very clever. The most important pigs are Napoleon and Snowball. Napoleon has a good…

Jane Austen’s Unusual Gothic Story

Jane Austen (1775-1817)  Historical Background George III of Hannover reigned over Britain from 1760 to 1820. From 1811 his son George exercised the function of Prince Regent because of the king’s permanent insanity.  It was a period of great changes:  Inner policy: England underwent a radical change that transformed its economy from basically agricoltural to mainly industrial. This happened thanks…

a famous story retold for children – first part

ANIMAL FARM By George Orwell Chapter 1 Here we are at Manor Farm….the farm of Mr. Jones.Mr. Jones, the owner of Manor Farm, is sleeping, as usual. He is always very drunk and does not care the animals.The animals start passing word: they are meeting in the big bar. Old Major, a white pig, is going to tell them his…

seconda puntata…Darkson House by Marcus Clark

2. DARKSON HOUSE “After thirteen years of being deserted Darkson House is now occupied again. This famous house, which is 100 years old this year, was constructed by Mr Darkson at great expense in the early days of Dayman Heads. When it was built, it was considered one of the grandest mansions in Australia. The marble floor was imported from…

the last dandy

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)  Queen Victoria  The Victorian Scene The Victorian period was called so after Victoria of Hanover, who was Queen of Great Britain from 1837 until 1901 and who embodied the success of industrial England (see the Christal Palace Exhibition of 1815) and of its colonial expansion (Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1877). Queen Victoria set the…

G. Orwell: a revolution without changes

George Orwell (1903-1950) Life and works1903: George Orwell, whose real name is Eric Blair, was born in Bengal.He was the son of an official in the Indian Civil Service. When he was 8, he went back to England to be educated since he belonged to a “lower-upper-middle class family”, as he himself wrote in the second part of his well-known…

l’inglese…mangiando. Espressioni inglesi usate nel linguaggio culinario

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