Matura podstawowa – czytanie – ćwiczenie 18

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It was Sue’s nineteenth birthday and she was in Italy on a gap year, working as an au pair. She’d been in Florence for six months and now she felt at home in the city. She had arrived totally frustrated by not knowing a single word of Italian, not even the words for “yes” and “no”. Now Sue could communicate quite well. Instead of immediately guessing, “You’re English, aren’t you?” people said, “You’re not from around here, are you?” She was very proud of that difference.

It was her first birthday away from home. Back in England, her birthdays were almost a routine. Her family woke her with a strong tea and presents and in the afternoon she met up with some friends in town. But after a few months here, the few letters she’d had from her friends about parties and who was going out with whom had made them seem less, rather than more, real. This day, her nineteenth birthday, started with a cup of delicious Italian coffee. She read the birthday card one of her friends had sent her by email, but there was nothing special about it. And suddenly Niccolo, the three-year-old she looked after, ran into her room and presented her with a colourful picture of some long-tailed creatures. He had drawn it himself. “How sweet of him,” she thought. She hadn’t expected a present like that.

When Sue started to look after Niccolo, he was a very naughty child. He screamed and cried if he didn’t get what he wanted. There were lots of things he didn’t eat and items of clothing he refused to wear. He was also terrified of water, so he didn’t want to take a bath. Sue looked at him and realized that the boy was just like she used to be when she was three years old. Back then water was something scary for her too. And she also hated clothes that fitted too tightly and had to be pulled over her head. At that moment she understood how the boy felt, and immediately wanted to help him but didn’t quite know how.

And then one week later, when Niccolo’s parents went away on business, she had an idea.
When he ran after her into the bathroom where she was filling the bath with water, she didn’t ask him to get in it. Instead she played with the water, ignoring him. Keeping his eyes on her, he played too. In the end he asked her if he could get in. She didn’t answer at once, pretending she was thinking about it, then agreed. Sue did the same with food. She didn’t force him to eat, but she ate one sandwich after another in front of him. He looked at her hungrily while she told him stories about children who weren’t afraid of anything. As he listened to the stories, he picked up his sandwich and began to eat. Sue pretended not to notice. He finished his plate. When Niccolo’s parents returned, they were surprised to find him completely different from what he used to be like.
adapted from The Growler by Julie Myerson

5.1. After six months in Florence, Sue was satisfied with her progress in Italian.
5.2. When living in Italy, Sue remained very close to her friends back home.
5.3. Sue’s friend sent her an unusual drawing for her 19th birthday.
5.4. Niccolo reminded Sue of herself when she was the same age.
5.5. Sue tricked Niccolo into doing everyday things he didn’t like.
5.6. The story is about how a girl celebrated her birthday with relatives in Italy.

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