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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Bronze Ring (22): The Ring is Found Again


Do you believe that everything happens for a reason, or do think there is such a thing as "coincidence"?

After taking the bronze ring from an old magician, the three mice were bringing it to the gardener's son; they lost it in the sea, and decided to spend the rest of there lives on a deserted island.


[130] The blind mouse was speedily deserted by her two sisters, who went off to hunt flies, but as she wandered sadly along the shore she found a dead fish, and was eating it, when she felt something very hard. At her cries the other two mice ran up.
[131] "It is the bronze ring! It is the talisman!" they cried joyfully, and, getting into their boat again, they soon reached the mouse island. It was time they did, for the captain was just going to land his cargo of cats, when a deputation of mice brought him the precious bronze ring.


Here is some vocabulary from the story:

a. speedily: quickly, with great speed
b. to desert: to leave alone, to abandon
c. joyfully: happily, with great joy


Two of the words above are adverbs, words that describe the way something is done:
a. speedily: from the adjective "speedy" which comes from the noun "speed"
c. joyfully: from the adjective "joyful" which comes from the noun "joy"

Here are five nouns:
a. wonder
b. electronics
c. violence
d. tradition
e. thirst

Turn them into adverbs in the following sentences:

1. The storm struck the city __________ and destroyed many buildings.
2. The community lived __________, without electricity or other modern conveniences.
3. The young boy sang __________, and everyone who heard him was moved.
4. The message was sent __________.
5. The man drank __________ after walking many miles.
BONUS: Can you make adjective forms for each word above?


If you can, try to talk about these questions in English with a friend. If not, try writing your answers.

1. Why do you think the ring is returned to the mice? Is it coincidence?
2. Why do you think it's the blind mouse who finds the ring?
3. The mice seem to have forgotten their quarrel. Why do you think that is?


1. violently
2. traditionally
3. wonderfully
4. electronically
5. thirstily

a. wonder > wonderful
b. electronics > electronic
c. violence > violent
d. tradition > traditional
e. thirst > thirsty

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