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1. Why did Ray provoke an argument with the taxi-driver over the twenty pounds?

2. Why didn't Preston get involved in the argument?

3. Why wasn't Preston feeling too good after the flight? Why was Ray?

4. Why didn't Preston like flying?

5.  The national airline of Australia, "QANTAS", an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services", is  pronounced /ˈkwɒntəs/.  However, the abbreviation "PTO",  Please Turn Over, is pronounced /ˈpi: ˈti: ˈou/ and can be written or printed at the bottom of a page of paper indicating that the reader should look at the back of the sheet. What do you think the difference between an  acronym and an abbreviation is?

6. Why was it a pity for Preston that Ray was there when he opened the letter from his Great-aunt Edna?

 

 

1. Why did the butler not want to let Preston and Ray in at first?

2 .Why was Ray about to start another argument with the butler over manservant?

3. Why does Preston compare upper-class English voices with sounds of a lot of horses?

4. Do the words sheila,  catholic, turkey, china, grace, jack change the meaning if capitalized? What do they mean?

5. When Preston mixed up the words vegetarian and Sagittarius, is it his ignorance or good humour?

6. What are the Russian translation of the Zodiac sings: Aries (The Ram), Taurus (The Bull), Gemini (The Twins), Cancer (The Crab), Leo (The Lion), Virgo (The Virgin), Libra (The Scales), Scorpio (The Scorpion), Sagittarius Centaur (The Archer), Capricorn(us) ("Goat-horned" (The Sea-Goat)), Aquarius (The Water Carrier), Pisces (The Fishes)?

 

 

1. Why did Beatrice get offended at Preston? Did he mean to offend her? What is offence?

2. Why do you think upper class people like Beatrice become offended very easily while country people like Preston do not?

3. Why was Preston invited to England? Did he like it there? Why?

4. What kind of man was Preston's Grandfather? Why did he move to Australia?

 

 

1. Why did Great-aunt Edna give Preston a strange look when he said that he didn't know why he had been invited to England?

2. What did Preston think the butler called him by Grace? Was he angry? Did Preston become offended now? Why?

3. Why didn't Preston get offended at the things Beatrice did, yet he found his being called Grace offensive?

4. Why was it important for Preston that Ray hadn't heard the conversation with Great-aunt Edna about his coming into an inheritance?

5. Why didn't Preston want to stay in England?

6. What's the message of this story?

 

Offense (offence in British English) can be defined as a word or action which causes someone emotional hurt, or otherwise can inflame an individual.

Offense is often a relative concept, since the feeling of offense often is dependent upon one's chosen personal values. For example, a Muslim may be offended by derogatory or pejorative comments about the Prophet Mohammed. Yet to someone who wasn't a Muslim, such a comment may not be considered inflammatory.



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