The Green Door

the green doorThis 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.

Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Pre-Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1200 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: , cigar, , , , , faint, , fate, , , , , jealous, , , , , pale, , pickle, , roast, romance, sidewalk, signal, , , and .

There are also two words that are in our Intermediate word list but have a meaning in the story which is different to the one most commonly used. In fact, the words are used with both of their meanings in the story.

  • At the beginning of the story, the asks readers to think about what they would do if an imaginary woman put a hot buttered roll into their hand, cut off the second button of their coat, and said a strange word as if it has a special meaning. Later, he talks about drowning people having to be rolled on a barrel. As a , to means to move across a surface by turning over and over. As a , a roll is a small piece of baked bread.
  • The narrator describes a story from the Christian Bible as being as fine example of true adventure. Later, he talks about shop girls having their wages reduced by unfair fines. When used as an , the word means good. However, when used as a noun or verb, it is referring to money that must be paid for breaking a rule or law.

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adventure(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

breath(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.

butter(n: butter, noncount) A soft, yellow substance made from milk or cream that is spread on food or used in cooking. 2000

cigar(n: cigar plural cigars) A roll of tobacco leaves that is smoked, which is longer and thicker than a cigarette. 4000

faint(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

fate(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

fear(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

entrance hall hallway

handkerchief(n: handkerchief pl handkerchiefs or handkerchieves) A small usually square piece of cloth used for wiping your face, nose, or eyes. (ผ้าเช็ดหน้า) 4000

imagine(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

jealous(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

joke(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

knock(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

mystery(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)

pale(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

pickle(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

reward(n: reward pl rewards) A benefit that someone gets or is offered for doing good work, good behavior etc. (สิ่งตอบแทน) 3000

roast(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

romance(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

sidewalk(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

signal(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

soul rising spirit house

(n: barrel pl barrels) 1. A large, usually wooden container with round sides and flat ends. 2. A tube in a gun through which a bullet goes when it is fired. 3000

barrels gunbarrel

(n: crisis pl crises) A difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention. 2000

(adj: dainty, daintier, daintiest) Small and pretty. Her hair was decorated with dainty pink flowers. 10000

dignity(n: dignity, noncount) 1. A calm and serious manner that deserves respect. She showed dignity in defeat. 2. The quality of being given honor and respect by people. The dignity of the occasion. 3. A sense of your own importance and value. It's difficult to preserve your dignity when you have no job. 6000

embarrass(v: embarrass, embarrasses, embarrassed, embarrassing) To make (a person, group, government, etc.) feel foolish, self-conscious or ashamed about something. 2000

fantastic(adj: fantastic) Wonderful; very strange or unusual; very good. 4000

ferocious(adj: ferocious) Very violent and likely to fight; savage. He had a ferocious look in his eye. 9000

(n: fortune teller pl fortune tellers) A person who says they have special powers to tell what will happen to someone in the future; a person who tells people's fortunes. (หมอดู)

gamble(v: gamble, gambles, gambled, gambling) To play a game in which you can win or lose money or other things you own; to bet money or other valuable things on an outcome, such as a horse race. (เสี่ยงโชค) 3000

grocery(n: grocery pl groceries) A store that sells food and household items. Originally, grocery stores only sold 'dry good' )food that came in tins, packets, jars, boxes, etc). In modern times, they have developed into supermarkets which sell many more things such as cold drinks, frozen food, meat, fruit, vegetables, etc. (ของชำ)
(n: groceries, noncount) Food and household items. (ร้านขายของชำ) 4000
(n: grocer pl grocers) A person who sells groceries. (คนขายของชำ) 6000

(v: juggle, juggles, juggled, juggling) To keep several objects moving in the air at the same time by throwing and catching them over and over again. (โยนและรับลูกบอลหรือสิ่งของอย่างต่อเนื่อง) 5000

noble(n: noble pl nobles) Of the highest social class; someone with a royal title. (ชั้นสูง)
(adj: noble, nobler, noblest) Having personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.); honorable. (มิคุณธรรมสูง) 5000

(n: opera pl operas) A performance in which actors sing all or most of the words of a play with music performed by an orchestra. (อุปรากร) 4000

oysters(n: oyster pl oysters) A type of shellfish that has a rough shell with two parts and can be eaten both cooked and uncooked; the type of shellfish from which you can get pearls. (หอยนางรม) 7000

pea(n: pea pl peas) A small, round, green seed that is eaten as a vegetable. Formed in a seed case (called a pod) of a climbing plant. (พืชตระกูลถั่ว) 4000

(n: quest pl quests) A search of something. (สืบหา) 7000

streetcar(n: streetcar pl streetcars) A vehicle that travels on roads on metal tracks and is used for carrying passengers. (ถนนรถ)

(n: tendril pl tendrils) The thin stem of a climbing plant that attaches to walls, fences, etc. (ยอดไม้ เลื้อย) 13000

vine(n: vine pl vines) A plant that has very long stems and that grows along the ground or up and around something such as a wall or tree. (เถาวัลย์) 6000

narrator(n: narrator pl narrators) Someone who tells a story; a storyteller. (ผู้เล่าเรื่อง) 7000

(n: verb pl verbs) A grammar term for a word that expresses an action, an occurrence, or a state of being. (คำกริยา)

(v: roll, rolls, rolled, rolling) To move something across the ground or another surface by turning over and over like a wheel or ball. The ball rolled under the table. (กลิ้ง)
(n: roll pl rolls) A piece of baked bread that is small enough for one person and used to make sandwiches, etc. (ก้อนขนมปัง) 1000

rolling bread rolls

(n: noun pl nouns) A word or group of words that is used as the name of something, such as a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, or action. (นาม)

(n: adjective pl adjectives) A word that describes a noun or a pronoun. 7000

fine(adj: fine, finer, finest) 1. Very good. A fine idea. 2. Satisfactory; OK. That's fine with me. 3. Well or healthy. I feel fine. 4. [of weather] Sunny and pleasant. A fine day 5. Made up of very small parts, pieces, etc. Fine sand/mist/print/powder. 1000
(n: fine pl fines) Money that you must pay for breaking a law or rule. A parking fine. 3000

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