Read the first part of the story. What is your idea of the time before the beginning ?

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  1. A) The first of March nineteen seventy-six.
  2. B before while after
  3. Complete the sentences, using the words from Ex. 3. Three of them are used twice. The first one is done for you.
  4. Criminal Procedure before Trial
  5. Ex.5. The words in the box frequently occur before manager.
  6. Ex.6. The words in the box frequently occur before market.
  7. Finish reading the first half of the story. Prepare to explain what exactly is happening to the teacher.
  8. Finish reading the story. Decide how you find the ending unexpected or quite predictable.
  9. However, it is best to use a person's title when first meeting him/her, and then allow the person to tell you how he/she wishes to be called.
  10. I remember how he asked for a glass of rum from my father when he first came and how he slowly drank it.
  11. Lesson 6 MY FIRST ANATOMY LESSON
  12. Make a pause here. Reflect on the scene that the author creates in your mind at the beginning of the story. What kind of family relationship is described ?

 

The sign on the wall seemed to quaver under a film of sliding warm water. Eckels felt his eyelids blink over his stare, and the sign burned in this momentary darkness:

TIME SAFARI, INC.

SAFARIS TO ANY YEAR IN THE PAST.

YOU NAME THE ANIMAL.

WE TAKE YOU THERE.

YOU SHOOT IT.

A warm phlegm gathered in Eckels throat ; he swallowed and pushed it down. The muscles around his mouth formed a smile as he put his hand slowly out upon the air, and in that hand waved a check for ten thousand dollars to the man behind the desk.

Does this safari guarantee I come back alive ?

We guarantee nothing, said the official, except the dinosaurs. He turned. This is Mr. Travis, your Safari Guide in the Past. Hell tell you what and where to shoot. If he says no shooting, no shooting. If you disobey instructions, theres a stiff penalty of another ten thousand dollars, plus possible government action, on your return.

Eckels glanced across the vast office at a mass and tangle, a snaking and humming of wires and steel boxes, at an aurora that flickered now orange, now silver, now blue. There was a sound like a gigantic bonfire burning all of Time, all the years and all the parchment calendars, all the hours piled high and set aflame.

A touch of the hand and this burning would, on the instant, beautifully reverse itself. Eckels remembered the wording in the advertisements to the letter. Out of chars and ashes, out of dust and coals, like golden salamanders, the old years, the green years, might leap ; roses sweeten the air, white hair turn Irish-black, wrinkles vanish ; all, everything fly back to seed, flee death, rush down to their beginnings, suns rise in western skies and set in glorious easts, moons eat themselves opposite to the custom, all and everything cupping one in another like Chinese boxes, rabbits in hats, all and everything returning to the fresh death, the seed death, the green death, to the time before the beginning. A touch of a hand might do it, the merest touch of a hand.

Hell and damn, Eckels breathed, the light of the Machine on his thin face. A real Time Machine. He shook his head. Makes you think. If the election had gone badly yesterday, I might be here now running away from the results. Thank God Keith won. Hell make a fine President of the United States.

Yes, said the man behind the desk. Were lucky. If Deutscher had gotten in, wed have the worst kind of dictatorship. Theres an anti-everything man for you, a militarist, anti-Christ, anti-human, anti-intellectual. People called usup, you know, joking but not joking. Said if Deutscher became President they wanted to go live in 1492. Of course its not our business to conduct Escapes, but to form Safaris. Anyway, Keiths President now. All you got to worry about is

Shooting my dinosaur, Eckels finished it for him.

A Tyrannosaurus rex The Thunder Lizard, the damnedest monster in history. Sign this release. Anything happens to you, were not responsible. Those dinosaurs are hungry.

Eckels flushed angrily. Trying to scare me !

Frankly, yes. We dont want anyone going wholl panic at the first shot. Six Safari leaders were killed last year, and a dozen hunters. Were here to give you the damnedest thrill a real hunter ever asked for. Traveling you back sixty million years to bag the biggest damned game in all Time. Your personal checks still there. Tear it up.

Mr. Eckels looked at the check for a long time. His fingers twitched.

Good luck, said the man behind the desk. Mr. Travis, hes all yours.

They moved silently across the room, taking their guns with them, toward the Machine, toward the silver metal and the roaring light.


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