Cat in the Rain

cat in the rainOn the surface, this is a simple story about an American couple spending a rainy afternoon in a hotel room during an Italian holiday. However, in typical Ernest Hemingway style, there is a lot more to the story than the words on the page. The weather and an empty square outside reflect their relationship, and different readers will see different reasons for the problems between them.

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A short (6 minute) video about a couple staying in an Italian hotel room during a business trip. It is clearly inspired by the Hemingway story, but does not follow it exactly. To watch online, click here. To download the mp4, click here.

The Romance of a Busy Broker

busy brokerThis humorous but rather unlikely story by William Porter, better known by the O. Henry, takes place in a single morning in the office of a busy but forgetful New York stockbroker. It is a bad day on the , and half way through it we are left wondering whether the title of the story might be a clever play on words.

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pen name(n: pen-name pl pen-names) A name used by a writer instead of his or her real name. (นามปากกา)

stock market(n: stock market pl stock markets) A place where stocks and shares in companies are bought and sold. (ตลาดหุ้น) 8000
Here the words 'stock' and 'share' mean certificates that make the people who buy them part owners of a company and which can be bought, sold, or traded as an investment. (หุ้น) 2000

The 13-Carat Diamond

the drover's wifeThere must be hundreds of thousands of wonderful short stories like this that for one reason or another haven’t received the literary attention they deserve. Khin Mya, who wrote under the Khin Myo Chit, is one of a small number of great Burmese (now Myanmars) authors who wrote in English as well as their native tongue. The story is set during World War Two at the time Burma was under Japanese rule. It tells of the humorous experiences of a young couple who are finding it hard to . They come up with a grand plan to become rich overnight by finding someone who has a 13-carat diamond which they are willing sell.

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pen name(n: pen-name pl pen-names) A name used by a writer instead of his or her real name. (นามปากกา)

make ends meet(v: make (both) ends meet) [idiom] To pay for the things that you need to live when you have little money; to earn enough money to meet your basic needs. We had a hard time making ends meet. (ทำให้มีเงินพอใช้)

Tom Tit Tot

tom tit totIn this , a woman lies to a king about her daughter being good at using a spinning-wheel. For some reason this is just the kind of girl the king wants to marry. The girl, who doesn’t seem to be good at anything except eating, then needs the help of a strange creature in order to keep her head. However, to avoid an even worse fate, she must guess the creature’s name. In his book “English Fairy Tales”, Joseph Jacobs wrote: “The story of Tom Tit Tot …is one of the best folk-tales that have ever been collected, far superior to any of the continental variants of this tale with which I am acquainted.” I am afraid that we can’t agree. To learn why, we suggest that you read the story and then have a look at our Comments below.

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(n: fairytale pl fairytales) A children's story that has people or creatures in it with magical powers. (เทพนิยายน) 14000
(n: fairy pl fairies) An imaginary creature having magical powers. (นางฟ้า) 4000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน)

The Drover’s Wife

the drover's wifeThis story by Henry Lawson is important in that it acknowledges the difficult and often lonely life faced by women in mid-nineteenth century ‘‘ Australia. In the story, a woman remembers the many hardships and few good times in her life as she sits up all night with only a dog to help her protect her children from a deadly snake.

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outback(n: outback, noncount) The country areas in Australia a long way away from the coast and cities. (ชนบท) 13000