Cover of book The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

An unnamed narrator tells the story as he discusses his most amazing investigation with the famous Parisian amateur detective Auguste Dupin. At this point, they are joined by Monsieur G, the Prefect of Police. A secret letter containing incriminating information was stolen from a young lady. The only known fact was that the letter was stolen by a Minister D. The Minister was in the room and when he saw the letter he substituted it with another of no importance. The Prefect was sure that the Minister still had the letter and was hiding it. The Prefect admitted that the police made ​​a search of the Home Minister, but had found nothing. They had even looked behind the wallpaper and under carpets and had inspected chairs with microscopes – but without result. Dupin’s answer was that they had searched, but not carefully.

Total words: 4495
Unique words: 970

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odd, utmost, purloined, explicit, exalted, ingenoius, coceal, flatter, meticulous, astute, cavity, excavates, rung, scrutinized, paved, altered, pointless, liberal, incredulous, socket, persevering, marbles, drilling, matlepiece, crumpled, insignia, inscribed.

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Cover of book The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

The magazines of Paris carried the shocking news of a double murder. Most interesting was that the murders were very mysterious. At three o’clock terrible screams from a locked house on a Rue Morgue street gathered people, yet no one on the outside could help. Neighbors said that only Madame and Mademoiselle L’Espanayes lived there. With the help of police the party broke in and found a mess inside. By the time police reached the fourth floor there were no more screams. Finally they found the room where the screams had been recently heard. The scene in the back room was terrible with parts of bloody hair around the apartment and a huge razor covered in blood lying on the chair. A mother and her daughter were killed in a heartless way by an unknown person with enormous power. Or, it was it a human at all?

Total words: 6017
Unique words: 1054

Words, you might not know:

obscure, frugally, vivid, infinity, soot, bruises, strangulation, multilated, laundress, agony, harsh, shrill, club, appalling, recounting, diligence, intense, profound, well, commissioner, insoluble, renders, atrocity, bizarre, fracture, lightning rod, aiglity, slender, piercing, excessive, ferocity, incoherent, ethology, hesitate, curious, inquisitive.

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Revenge

Level: intermediate
Genre:
Length: long

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Cover of book Revenge by John Bookworm

When the war began a young little girl named Therese was left by her father who had gone on duty. The soldier’s sister soon became like a mother to young Theresa. Therese’s aunt was a kind and warm woman. Besides her niece, she also looked after her own son who had been ill all his life. If the young boy had had a father then perhaps he would have been a much stronger man with good health. Little Therese lived a quite simple life without troubles but without much happiness. She had many responsibilities and not much free time. All choices in her life were made by her aunt. Because Therese’s cousin was ill she even cannot go to school as did other girls her age. When Therese grew up her aunt decided that her own son should marry his cousin. The poor girl had no choice in the matter. After the wedding all of the family moved to a new city. Now it seemed that a new life had begun – but it had not.

Total words: 24061
Unique words: 1518

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clerk, jealousy, affairs, smugglers, accused, adultery, drapers shop, blotchy, spoilt, selfish, vain, tabby, arcade, paved, lanterns, despair, stiff, lazy, curl, canvas, seduce, twisted, petticoats, desire, deceive, parasol, terrace, fainted, omnibus, confess, matches, disgust, stroke, executed

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Remember

Level: upper-intermediate
Genre:
Length: longer

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Cover of book Remember by John Bookworm

Despite being sisters, Jan and Kate had never been too close to each other. From childhood their father given all the love and attention to Kate. And so, as a result Kate got a proper education at Oxford which helped her to escape Lewisham for Marlow where she became a successful lawyer. Kate also had a happy marriage with an investor who gave her two beautiful kids. They lived peacefully in a big, fashionable house with a servant. Meanwhile, Jan had to go work at once after school so she had little education and no skills. Her marriage was a disaster which left her with an uncontrollable daughter. One of the worst things was that she stuck in Lewisham. When Jan and Kates’ father died, his wife started to lose her memory. Gradually she became so helpless that could not be left alone for a minute. Therefore, Jan, as the only daughter who lived near enough to her mother, had soon become responsible for her. This was despite Jan having to work and having to constantly stand the crazy things that her mother did. Jan tried to get help from sister, but it seemed that Kate was too busy and too selfish to share the responsibility of caring for their mother.

Total words: 25549
Unique words: 2223

Words, you might not know:

loosely, idiot, pavement, squeezing, boiling, desperate, benefit

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Robin Hood

Level: elementary
Genre:
Length: shorter

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Cover of book Robin Hood by Sally M. Stockton

After the cruel sheriff killed Robert’s father and took his lands and property, young Robert decided to live in Sherwood Forest with a couple of his loyal friends. There, in Sherwood Forest, he named himself Robin Hood. John, whose brother was out on a crusade, became an evil King of England. He considered Robin and his company to be outlaws. Robin and friends lived in caves and trained with bows and arrows in the forests of England. All of them became excellent archers, but Robin was the best of the best. Little by little Robin made new friends who were happy to join his band of outlaws. Robin decided to rob the rich and give their possessions to the poor. All of the King’s soldiers were afraid of Robin and his men. However, the sheriff wanted very much to catch Robin, and therefore he rushed to the forest alone, but he soon returned unsuccessful and ashamed. At last the sheriff made an excellent plan to trap Robin Hood.

Film version: Robin Hood (2010)

Total words: 3491
Unique words: 638

Words, you might not know:

medieval, ballads, numerous, outlaws, justice, legendary, crusade, greedy, arrogant, brutal, sheriff, loyal, against, harm, caverns, horn, archer, practised, stream, bridge, enormous, staff, merry, company, expert, friar, sniffed, bank, shake, quarrel, abbot, promised, capture, perfectly, wicked, subject, maid, disguised, knight, helmet, married, cowards, disgust, butcher, naked, wildly, silver, competition, discover, peasant, crowd, square, acrobat, target, contest, victory, lyre, baron, similar, bishop, pale, ceremony, pointed, couple, banquet, cross, offer, knelt, lucky, dishonest, excitement, memory

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Cover of book A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

The young man wanted to become reach using charming girl that studied with him. Her name is Dorothy and she is a daughter of very rich man named Leo Kingship. But suddenly Dorothy became pregnant and her boyfriend realized that his plan can be ruined. He started to make new arrangements for resolving so inconvenient situation. In several days Dorothy found dead. According to suicide note that was send to Ellen, sister of dead girl, and that fact that birth certificate was found at place of dead, police decided that her death was certainly suicide. But Ellen was not so sure, she thought her sister was killed. Ellen went to city where her sister was studying at university. There she started an investigation, almost immediately she founded a man that she thinks killed her sister…

Film version: A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

Total words: 19855
Unique words: 1422

Words, you might not know:

shaft, pregnant, confess, suicide, catwalk, brochures, investigation, disc jockey, pregnant, silly, cruel, increase, lobby, purse.

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Cover of book Woman in white by Wilkie Collins

The young painter Walter Hartright has gotten a job as a drawing teacher in the city of Cumberland. He was recommended for this position by his good friend Pesca who was an Italian professor. Walter had been living in London, so he has to leave his town and to go to Cumberland for this new job. He decided to say goodbye to his mother and sister. As he was going out, he met a strange woman. She was dressed in white from head to foot. They continued talking on their way together. The woman in white was excited when he told her about his future work, and about the people who had hired him. She has been talking about these people with a mixture of love, anger and fear. Walter helped her to catch a cab. Then, almost immediately afterwards, he met two men who were searching for a woman in white who had escaped from an asylum.

Film version: Woman in white (1997)

Total words: 12220
Unique words: 1446

Words, you might not know:

impersonator, opera, member, kill, proof, traitor, heir

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Mr Bean in Town

Level: elementary
Genre:
Length: shorter

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Cover of book Mr Bean in Town by Richard Curtis

Mr. Bean decided to go to the restaurant on his Birthday, because he wanted to enjoy his celebration. But to be at the restaurants was unusual situation for him. And our hero demonstrated his strange behavior there. People didn’t understand him. He hadn’t enough money for the order, so he choosed “steak tartare”. He didn’t like this food and big plate for food had bad impression on him. Mr. Bean didn’t know what to do with it. And had found a great decision to hide the meat in things surrounding him. He considered himself very smart in this situation. Than he showed to waiter this dirty place and manager took him a new table and he had a new embarrassing position… Later our hero had to clean his dress and went to the to the launderette. In the launderette he has found a new adventures…

Total words: 4509
Unique words: 435

Words, you might not know:

steak tartare, bread roll, coins, cover, hide, manager, mustard, pot, napkin, pretend, smell, vase, violin, conditioner, launderette

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Cover of book Four Weddings And A Funeral by Richard Curtis

There are friends and we can see the story through the eyes of Charles. Charles is a shy Englishman he can do strange things. He charmed by Carry, a beautiful American. They always meet at the weddings and funerals. The first wedding was between Angus and Lora. There unmarried friends have begun worried about they would stay single. At this wedding Charles has met Carry in first time and spent night with her. The young woman will hope that her lover declare about their wedding. But he didn’t do that because it is one night stands relations for him. The second wedding are celebrating Bernard and Lidia. Their relations have begun at the first wedding. At this bridal Charles has known that Carry engaged with the rich scotland politician. And Charles spent with her one more night.

Film version: Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

Total words: 18392
Unique words: 1630

Words, you might not know:

vomiting, alarm, enthusiastically, disaster, excuse, violently, sympathetic

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Inca Mummy Girl

Level: elementary
Genre: ,
Length: short

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Cover of book Inca Mummy Girl by Joss Whedon

It was sunny day. Baffy’s school went to the museum. Buffy, Willow and Xander were talking about upcoming events by the way. Students of the exchange programme come for them soon. Buffy didn’t interested who it would guy or girl. Because she didn’t want guests in her house at all. Xander loves Buffy and is jealous of her if this student will muscular guy. At that time, guide has begun talking the legend about the princess of Incan. Incan had choosen the new beautiful young princess and immolated her for the mountain god 500 years ago. Princess were guarded by the seal. It was the warning for everyone who wants to wake her up. The sacrifice was buried alive forever and remained in the tomb. Our trinity were looking at this mummy of princess and compassion on her. Soon Xander has recollected about exchange of students and all left the room. But one of Buffy’s schoolmates has came to the mummy and accidentally he has woken up the dead princess…

Series: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Film version: Inca Mummy Girl (1997)

Total words: 7060
Unique words: 798

Words, you might not know:

archaeology, bodyguard, braces, culture, destroy, exchange, exhibit, gold, guide, host, mix, mummy, princess, protect, sacrifice, sarcophagus, throat, translate, weak

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