Chapter Ten: Monks

Listen to the audio and read the text below

Chapter Ten: Monks

Fagin’s boy ran to tell Fagin and Sikes everything. Fagin was furious. His eyes were red and his face was white. He had terrible thoughts. He was afraid of prison and death①.

Sikes hated Nancy because she wanted to help Oliver. “I want to kill Nancy! I want to kill her!” cried Sikes. He ran to his house. Nancy was sleeping.

“Get up, Nancy!” cried Sikes.

“Why are you so angry?” asked Nancy. “Tonight you betrayed② us!” said Sikes.

“No, Bill. I did not betray you or Fagin. Believe me! Please do not kill me. I said nothing about you or Fagin. Let us leave this terrible place and go away together.”

Sikes was furious. He took his pistol and hit Nancy’s face again and again. Nancy fell. Her face was covered with blood. There was blood everywhere. Nancy was dead!

Sikes washed himself, but there was blood on his clothes. He ran out of the house. His dog followed him. He went to the country. He wanted to hide there. In the country the people talked about a terrible murder③ in London.

Sikes was afraid. He thought, “I must return to London and hide there. After a week I can go to France. But first I must kill my dog. Everyone knows I have a dog.” Sides called his dog many times,but it ran away.
① death:死亡。
② betrayed:背叛。
③ murder:谋杀。

Mr Brownlow, Doctor Losberne and another friend went to the Red Lion Hotel and kidnapped Monks! They took him to Miss Maylie’s house. They locked him in a room. Monks was very angry and said, “Why are you doing this? You were my father’s friend!”

“Yes, I was his good friend,” said Mr Brownlow. “I know a lot about you and your criminal friends. You have a brother called Oliver.”

“I haven’t got a brother!” said Monks angrily.

“You are lying①!” said Mr Brownlow. I know your family history. You are Oliver’s half-brother. You have the same father, but not the same mother. Your mother was bad. She left your father. He then met and loved a beautiful girl called Agnes. Your father was rich. One day he went to Rome for work. Before he went he told me about Agnes. He made a new will② in favour of③ Agnes and her child Oliver. In Rome your father became ill and died. Your mother went to Rome. She found the will and burnt it. A few days ago you spoke to Mr and Mrs Bumble. They gave you Agnes’ ring and you threw it into the river.”

Monks face was white. He was very nervous④.

“I know other things too. I know that Nancy is dead. The police want to talk to you, Monks.”
“I didn’t kill her!” cried Monks.

“Tell that to the police. Or sign⑤ your name on this piece of paper. It tells the truth about Oliver and his father’s will. It gives Oliver’s money back to him. Sign it, Monks, and you are free.”
① lying:撒谎。
② will:遗嘱。
③ in favour of:有利于。
④ nervous:紧张的。
⑤ sign: 签名。

Monks was afraid. “I don’t work for Fagin. I didn’t kill Nancy. Please don”t tell the police about me,” he said. He was silent for a while. Then he said, “Give me that paper. I want to sign it.”
Monks read the paper and signed it. Mr Brownlow let him go free.

Leave a Comment

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/seotal5/public_html/ on line 5279

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/seotal5/public_html/ on line 107