This story by O. Henry has the perfect mix of adventure, mystery, romance and humor. By day, Rudolf Steiner lives a normal life working in a piano store. By night, he walks the streets looking for adventure. One night, adventure calls in a way that could change Rudolf’s life forever.
English Learner Vocabulary Help
(n: adventure pl adventures) 1. An exciting and sometimes dangerous experience. He wrote a book about his adventures during the war. 2. [uncountable] Excitement or danger. I set out across the country looking for adventure. 3000
(n: breath pl breaths) The air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs. His breath smells like garlic. 3000
(idiom: hold your breath) To stop breathing for a short time, such as when you dive into water.
(idiom: take a deep breath) To take a lot of air into your lungs.
(n: butter, noncount) A soft, yellow substance made from milk or cream that is spread on food or used in cooking. 2000
(n: cigar plural cigars) A roll of tobacco leaves that is smoked, which is longer and thicker than a cigarette. 4000
(v: faint, faints, fainted, fainting) To feel weak or tired and suddenly fall down and become unconscious.
(adj: faint, fainter, faintest) 1. Feeling weak or tired, as if you are going to fall down. 2. Not clearly seen, heard, tasted, felt, etc. 3000
(n: fate pl fates) 1. The things that will happen to a person or thing; the future that someone or something will have. The boy disappeared, and his fate was unknown. 2. [noncount] The power that is believed to control what happens in the future; destiny. They thought they would never see each other again, but fate brought them back together. 4000
(n: fear plural fears) 1. A feeling of being scared or worried about something dangerous or unpleasant that could happen. Unable to walk the streets without fear of being robbed. Employees expressed fears that the company would go out of business. 2. [noncount] A feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. Fear of God. 2000
(n: hall pl halls) 1. A room or passage at the entrance to a house. (ทางเข้าประตู) 2. A long, narrow passage inside a building with doors that lead to rooms on each side; also called a hallway or corridor (ทางเดินยาวนตึก) 1000
(n: handkerchief pl handkerchiefs or handkerchieves) A small usually square piece of cloth used for wiping your face, nose, or eyes. (ผ้าเช็ดหน้า) 4000
(v: imagine, imagines, imagined, imagining) To form a picture of something in your mind that is not there or not real. (จินตนาการ)
(n: imagination pl imaginations) 1. The ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to think of new things. You can find a solution if you use a little imagination. 2. Something that only exists or happens in your mind. Is it just my imagination, or is it getting warm in here? 1000
(adj: jealous) 1. Feeling or showing that you want to be like another person or have something that another person has; envy. (อิจฉา) 2. Feeling or showing unhappiness or anger because you think that someone you love (such as your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.) likes or is liked by someone else. (ขี้หึง) 4000
(n: joke pl jokes) Something said or done to cause laughter. She meant it as a joke, but some people took her seriously. I heard a funny joke yesterday. (เรื่องตลก) 2000
(v: knock, knocks, knocked, knocking) To make a loud, sharp noise by hitting or tapping something (especially a door to get someone to open it). (เคาะ) 1000
(n: mystery pl mysteries) 1. Something that is not known or is difficult to understand or explain. The cause of the illness remains a mystery to doctors. 2. Something that cannot be, or has not been, explained. How the universe was formed remains a mystery. (ความลึกลับ) 3000
(adj: mysterious) Used to describe something difficult to understand or explain. (ลี้ลับ)
(adj: pale, paler, palest) Having a skin color that is closer to white than is usual or normal, either because it is your natural color or you are sick or scared at the time. (ซีด) 3000
(v: pickle, pickles, pickled, pickling) To put something in vinegar, salt water etc. so that it will keep for a long time. I think I will pickle these cucumbers. (หมักดอง) 4000
(n: reward pl rewards) A benefit that someone gets or is offered for doing good work, good behavior etc. (สิ่งตอบแทน) 3000
(v: roast, roasts, roasted, roasting) To cook food [such as chicken, potatoes, or beef] with dry heat in an oven or over a fire. (ย่าง ; อบ) 4000
(n: romance pl romances) 1. The relationship, actions etc of people who are in love. (เรื่องรักใคร่) 2. A story about people in love. (การผจญภัย) 3. A feeling of excitement and adventure, especially connected to a particular place or activity. The romance of travel. (ความโลดโผน) 5000
(n: sidewalk pl sidewalks) Used in the U.S. and Canada to describe a path along the side of a street for people to walk on. Usually called pavement in the U.K. and footpath in Australia. (ทางเท้า) 5000
(n: signal pl signals) 1. Something (such as a sound, a movement of part of the body, or an object) that gives information about something or that tells someone to do something. They communicated with each other by using hand signals. (สัญญาณ) 2. A message, sound, or image that is carried by waves of light or sound. The phone signal is not very strong here. (ส่งสัญญาณ) 2000
(n: spirit pl spirits) 1. The inner quality or nature of a person. She has a kind and loving spirit. (น้ำใจ) 2. The force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. Often thought of as not part of the body and to remain alive (eg as a ghost or able to be born again) when the body dies. He may be dead, but his spirit still lives on. 2. A similar force which some cultures believe to exist in all non-human entities (animals, plants, rivers, mountains, etc.). (จิตใจ) 2000