The Way Up to Heaven

the way up to heavenThis story by Roald Dahl is about a wealthy couple who seem to live a boring life. Mrs Foster has two major problems: a phobia about being late, and a dominating husband who likes to play cruel jokes on her. In the end the tables are turned and Mrs Foster has the last laugh as her husband finds the way UP to Heaven.

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airline(n: airline pl airlines) A business that owns and operates many airplanes that carry passengers and goods. 3000

bother(v: bother, bothers, bothered, bothering) To cause (someone) to feel troubled, worried, or annoyed. He's very easygoing. Nothing seems to bother him. 1000

butler(n: butler pl butlers) A male servant who has charge of wines and service at the table, and is usually the head servant in a wealthy person's household. (ทนายหน้าหอ) 6000

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

club(n: club pl clubs) 1. A heavy wooden stick used as a weapon. 2. A group of people who meet to participate in an activity or a place where such people meet. 1000

complain(v: complain, complains, complained, complaining) To say or write that you that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something or are sick, uncomfortable, etc. 2000
(n: complaint pl complaints) A statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something. 2000

depress(v: depress, depresses, depressed, depressing) To make someone feel sad, unhappy or have little hope.
(adj: depressing) Causing someone to feel depressed. 2000

dust(n: dust, noncount) A fine powder made up of very small pieces of earth, sand, etc. The furniture was covered in dust.
(adj: dusty; dustier, dustiest) Filled or covered with dust. He cleaned the dusty shelf. 2000

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

fog(n: fog, noncount) Many small drops of water floating in the air above the ground, sea, etc. which make it difficult to see. 4000

(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

entrance hall hallway

horror(n: horror pl horrors) 1. A very strong feeling of fear or dislike. 2. A disagreeable person or thing. Her little boy is an absolute horror. 3000
(adj:ˈhorrible) 1. Causing horror; frightening; dreadful. A horrible sight. 2. Very bad or unpleasant. What a horrible day! 2000

hurry(v: hurry, hurries, hurried, hurrying) To [cause to] to move, act, or go quickly. I must hurry or I will be late for the train. 2000

luggage(n: luggage, noncount) All the bags and suitcases that a person carries when traveling. 7000

(n: madam pl madams) A term used to politely speak to a woman who you do not know or who has a high rank or position. 2000

miracle(n: miracle pl miracles) An unusual or wonderful event that cannot be explained and is believed to be caused by the power of God. 3000

nerves(n: nerves, noncount) The medical condition known today as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), characterized by uncontrollable and often unnecessary worry about common occurrences and situations. 2000

overcoat(n: overcoat pl overcoats) A long coat worn over other clothes to keep a person warm during very cold weather. 7000

proud(adj: proud, prouder, proudest) 1. Feeling very pleased because of something you have done or own, someone you know, etc. She felt proud as she watched her daughter graduate. 2. Having a too high opinion of oneself; arrogant. She was too proud to talk to us. 2000
(n: pride, noncount) A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction at one's achievements, possessions, family etc. She watched with pride as her daughter graduated. 3000

rare(adj: rare, rarer, rarest) 1. Not done, seen, or happening etc very often; not common or usual. A rare animal/flower/occurrence. 2. [of meat] Only slightly cooked. I like my steak rare.
(adv: rarely) Not often. I rarely go to bed before midnight. 2000

sense(n: sense pl senses) 1. One of the five natural powers of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. 2. A physical or emotional feeling that you experience. A sense of hunger/pain. A sense that something isn't right. 3. The ability to think clearly and show good judgement. Common sense 1000

servant(n: servant pl servants) Someone who is hired to do household or personal duties [such as cleaning and cooking]. 1000

serve(v: serve, serves, served, serving) 1. To be suitable for a purpose. This wooden box will serve as a seat. 2. To give food or drink to someone at a meal or help a customer in a shop. The waiter served our meals quickly. 3. To hold a particular job, office, etc. He served in the army during the war. 1000

suffer(v: suffer, suffers, suffered, suffering) 1. To experience pain, illness, or injury. He died instantly and did not suffer. (ทนทุกข์ทรมาน) 2. To experience something unpleasant such as defeat, loss, or damage. Our country suffered a great deal during the war. (ประสบความทุกข์) 2000

suitcase(n: suitcase pl suitcases) A large (usually rectangular) case that you use to carry your clothing and belongings when you are traveling. (กระเป๋าโดยสาร) 4000

tight(adj: tight, tighter, tightest) 1. Fitting very or too closely; [of clothes] fitting very close to your body. These shoes are too tight. (คับแน่น) 2. Flat or firm from being pulled or stretched; not loose. Pull the ribbon tight and make a bow. (ผูกแน่น) 3. Fastened, attached, or held in a position that is not easy to move. The lid is too tight. I can't open it. (แน่นหนา) 2000
(adv: tightly) In a tight way. The shirt fits too tightly around the arms. Hold on tightly to the railing. (แน่น)

twitch(v: twitch, twitches, twitched, twitching) To make a slight, sudden movement that is not controlled or deliberate. (เกร็งกระตุก) 8000

wrap(v: wrap, wraps, wrapped, wrapping) To cover something by winding or folding a piece of paper or cloth around it. (คลุม; พัน) 2000

A 24 minute film from the ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’ British television series, with personal introduction by Roald Dahl. This is episode 9 of Season 1. To watch online, click here. To download the mp4, click here.

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