The Gutting of Couffignal

Level: pre-intermediate
Genre: ,
Length: short
English: american

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The detective Continental Op has been hired to guard presents given at a wedding, on a small and exceedingly exclusive island called Couffignal. In order to live on the isle, an income in the millions is expected. Late at night, as a storm is raging, the lights go out across the island, followed by the sounds of gunfire. The hired detective is asked to go down to see what is causing the scene. Rain is pouring down. He discovers an armed car has come across the bridge, which has been blown up to prevent any outside forces impeding the robbers’ escape or the rescue of the denizens, and a machine gun is firing on anyone in sight. The rest of the gang members rob the houses, stealing millions. The only way off the island is by boat, but when the Op tries to explore the bay, he is shot at by another machine gun. Throughout it all, an escaped political refugee, Princess Zhukovski, accompanies the detective as he elusively chases the robbers in the rain. He tries to recruit the citizens to help him, but observes “You can’t fight machine guns and hand grenades with peaceful villagers and retired capitalists.”

Total words: 7611
Unique words: 1302

Words, you might not know:

steady, mainland, piers, bare, chauffeur, crutch, stain, temped, ankle, appealed, claw, bargain.

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