The Body by Stethen King (Penguin Readers, UPPER-INTERMEDIATE)

Адаптированная книга на английском языке

The Body by Stethen King

Адаптированная книга на английском языке  The Body by Stethen King
Chapter 1 The Hardest Things to Say

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller. When they were in your head they were limitless; but when they come out they seem to be no bigger than normal things. But that’s not all. The most important things he too close to wherever your secret heart is buried; they are clues that could guide your enemies to a prize they would love to steal. It’s hard and painful for you to talk about these things . . . and then people just look at you strangely. They haven’t understood what you’ve said at all, or why you almost cried while you were saying it.

I was twelve, nearly thirteen, when I first saw a dead person. It happened in 1960, a long time ago . . . although sometimes it doesn’t seem very long to me. Especially on the nights when I wake up from dreams in which the hail falls into his open eyes.

Chapter 2 The Tree House Gang

We had a tree house in a big tree which hung over some empty ground in Castle Rock. It was a kind of club, although it had no name. There were five or six regulars and some other pussies who came and went. We’d let them come up when we were playing cards for money and we needed some fresh blood.

The sides of the tree house were made out of wood, and the roof was metal we had taken from the dump, looking over our shoulders all the time because the manager of the dump had a dog which ate children for breakfast, or so people said. We found a screen door out there on the same day. It stopped the flies getting in, but it was really
rusty. It didn’t matter what time of day you looked out through that screen door: it always looked like sunset.

Besides playing cards, the club was a good place to go and smoke cigarettes and look at girlie books. We built a secret space under the floor to hide magazines and cigarette packets when somebody’s father decided to do the Me And My Son Are Best Friends routine and visit us.

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