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.

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adventure(n: adventure pl adventures) An exciting and sometimes dangerous experience. He wrote a book about his adventures during the war.
(n: adventure, noncount) 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 pl 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.
(n: fate, 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 pl fears) 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.
(n: fear, 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. 2. A long, narrow passage inside a building with doors that lead to rooms on each side; also called a hallway or corridor 1000

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

imagine(v: imagine, imagines, imagined, imagining) 1. To form a picture of something in your mind that is not there or not real. I can imagine how you felt. 2. To see or hear etc something which is not true or does not exist. There is no-one there. You're just imagining things! 3. To think; to suppose. I imagine that he will be late. 1000

jealous(adj: jealous) 1. Feeling or showing that you want to be like another person or have something that another person has; envy. 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. 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. 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]. 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.
(adj: mysterious) Used to describe something difficult to understand or explain. 3000

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. 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. 4000

reward(n: reward pl rewards) A benefit that someone gets or is offered for doing good work, good behavior etc. 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. 4000

romance(n: romance pl romances) 1. The relationship, actions etc of people who are in love. 2. A story about people in love. 3. A feeling of excitement and adventure, especially connected to a particular place or activity. The romance of travel. 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. 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. 2. A message, sound, or image that is carried by waves of light or sound. The phone signal is not very strong here. 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

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