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مُساهمةموضوع: An Artist's Story   الخميس 16 ديسمبر 2010, 8:58 am

An Artist's Story


His Childhood
Secretly, an immense man arrived with Augustus thoughts of him being sent by his friends to save him from suffering. Augustus was an artist. He was delicately brought up. He won the prize for drawing an animal when he was seven years old. In fact he meant to draw the sunset over London. His parents were proud of him and began to provide him with plenty of pencils, paper and money. They gave him the opportunity of studying under great painters.
Starting his career as a painter
First stage: as a painter of People:
At the age of twenty –one he started business as a painter of people and painted eleven pictures of his own face if you went into his sitting room, you would see them hanging sadly on the wall, looking own at his empty chair which he would never sit in again. No one admired his paintings or came to buy his them. No one came to have their pictures painted so he had no desire to paint any more of himself.

Second stage: as a painter of the country:
He turned to painting the country and painted nine views from the back and seven from the front window. He didn’t go out to the nature to draw his paintings. So he couldn’t sell any of them.

A stand-stop with himself:
He had a bit of money left and was almost hungry that's why he decided after a severe struggle with himself to forget his soul and paint for money. Trying to justify his misdeed, he told us if he had had a wife and children, they would have cried for bread.

Third stage: as a painter of the papers:
So he determined to draw funny pictures for the newspapers. He made thirty or forty funny drawings daily and sent them to the papers. But they sent him back his drawings. He couldn’t get any money from them.

Fourth stage: as a painter of the Advertisements
At last he was disheartened and tried drawing for advertisements, he sent them off by the hundred, but he just received some samples. If he had had a family, they would have cried for bread.
His last decision
His heart was broken, he gave up the struggle and he decided to take to bed and never rise again. Augustus took to bed and decided not to rise again although he was in the height of his youth.

The stranger's attitude
When the stranger visited him, he thought that he was a doctor, sent by a so-called friend to save him from his suffering. He believed that the stranger couldn’t help him until he had told him his story to know what the wrong with him was. Trying to explain he wasn’t a doctor, but in vain as Augustus gave him no chance for that. The stranger said that Augustus would certainly rise from bed as he was from the furniture shop and he came to take the bed away as it was not paid for.
Questions & Answers
1- Who did Augustus think the stranger was ?
He thought the stranger was a doctor.
2- Why did he think the stranger was a doctor ?
He was disheartened يائسso he thought a so-called friend sent him a doctor to save him
3- What was wrong with Augustus ?
He took to his bed and decided not to leave it .
4- What was Augustus job?
He was an artist
5- When did he start business ?
when he was 21 years old.
6- When did he get a prize?
At the age of seven.
7- What was the prize for ?
It was for a drawing of an animal.
8- What did he originally intend it to be ?
he intend it to represent sunset over London.
9- How did his parents help him to be an artist ?
They provided him with pencils and paper and gave him the opportunity to study under great painters
10-What made Augustus’s parents help him to be a painter ?
They thought he was really talented موهوب
11- What did he paint when he start work ?
He painted eleven pictures of his face .
12 –Why did he decide to stop painting people ?
He failed in that field and noone wanted his works
13- Why did he fail in painting people ?
He wasn’t really talented .
14 What did he decide to paint after painting people ?
He decided to paint the country .
15 -Why did he turn to painting the country ?
Because he failed in painting people
16- To what extent was he successful in painting the country ?
He failed in that field and noone wanted his works
17-How did he feel when he decided to paint for money ?
He felt that he is selling his soul
18- What made him decide to sell his soul and paint for money ?
He had little money left , he was almost hungry .
19-What did he do to paint for money ?
He made funny drawings for the newspapers
20- What was the result of drawing for the newspapers ?
He failed in that field and noone wanted his works
21- How did he test his drawings ?
he tested them on the cat , it laughed until it was sick
22- What did he paint after drawing for the newspapers ?
He drew for advertisements
23- What was the result of drawing for advertisements ?
He failed in that field and noone wanted his works
24-What was his last decision ?
He decided to take to his bed and never to rise again
25-How did the stranger find Augustus ?
• He found him very weak, desperateيأس and in low spirits حالة نفسية سيئة .

26- Why did the stranger try to interruptيقاطع Augustus all the time ?
To tell him that he was not a doctor and that he came to take the bed
27-Why did the stranger take the bed ?
Because it was not paid for
28- How did Augustus leave his bed ?
the stranger put him on the carpet
29- Did Augustus have a wife and children ?What could have happened if he had a wife and children?
• He didn't have a wife or children . if he had had , they would have been crying for bread.
30- In your opinion, why could Augustus not sell any of his paintings ?
• Because from the age of seven he drew with one meaning and people saw in his drawings quite another thing. So, he developed into a self- centred depressed painter.رسام مكتئب يدور حول ذاته
31- By whom was he taken from his bed? Why?
• The man carried him from his bed and placed him on the carpet. The man came to take the bed back as it was not paid for .
Quotations
* Read the following quotations and answer the questions :
1-"You are the doctor, I suppose."
a) To whom did Augustus say this statement?
• Pokewhistle to the visitor.
b) What was that man?
• He was a man from the furniture shop.
c) By whom did Augustus think that man was sent?
• By some interfering so-called friends.
2. "It is of no importance to you if a clever young man should take to his bed at the height of his youth, never to rise again."
a) Why did Augustus believe that the visitor would not care for him?
• As he was one of the uncaring public.
b) What made Augustus take that decision at the height of his youth?
• As he failed to get money out of his work. He became disheartened.
c) When did Augustus rise from bed?
• When the visitor placed him on the carpet.
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3-" So, I gave up the struggle. My heart was broken and I determined to take to my bed."
a) Who was the speaker ?
• -Augustus .
b) What did the speaker struggle for ?
• -Earning his living by selling his drawings.
c) Why did he give up the struggle?
• Because he became more and more hopeless.
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4. "But I suppose you have been sent here by some interfering so called friend of mine to save me from my suffering."
a) What was Augustus suffering from?
• He couldn't get any money from his work.
b) What does this quotation show about Augustus's character?
• He wasn't a nice person to be a friend.
c) By whom was the visitor really sent to Augustus?
• The owner of a furniture shop.
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5- "May I mention that there is a certain repetition in your remarks?”
a) Who was the speaker, to whom?
• Augustus Pokewhistle to the visitor.
b) What did the speaker mean by saying so?
• He meant that he wanted to finish the story of his life first without being interrupted.
c) Did the spoken to give the speaker the chance to speak? Why?
• No, because he was thinking of himself. He wanted to finish his speech first and the others listen.
6-" Nobody came to have their pictures painted, and I had no desire to paint anymore of myself."
a) Who was the speaker, to whom?
• Augustus PokeWhistle to his visitor.

b) Why couldn't he sell his drawings?
• Because he wasn't a gifted artist insisting on drawing pictures of his own face.
c) Was it possible for him to give up his career? Why?
• No, it was impossible. Because he found real pleasure in doing this.
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7. "At the age of seven, I won a prize for a drawing of an animal."

a) What did Augustus intend that drawing to represent?
• The sunset over London.
b) What did Augustus's parents do as a result of his getting the prize?
• They gave him an opportunity to study under great painters.
c) To what extent was Augustus a good artist?
• In fact ,he wasn't a good artist.
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8. "At the age of twenty-one, I started business as a painter of people".
a) What pictures did he paint at the age of twenty-one?
• Pictures of his own face.
b) Where could the visitor see them? why?
• On the walls of his setting room as no one wanted to buy them.
c) What did he decide to paint when painting people did not succeed?
• Painting the country
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9. "I decided, after a severe struggle with myself, to forget my soul and paint for money."
a) Why did Augustus have a severe struggle with himself?
• He thought he was a good artist but unable to earn his living.
b) What did he first do when he decided to paint for money?
• He drew funny pictures for newspapers.
c) What was the result of what he did?
• He didn't get any money but he got his pictures back.
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10. "I soon found out that selling one's soul for money is not so easy as it sounds"
a) What did Augustus mean by " selling one's soul for money"?
• It was against his principle to paint for money as he thought he was a true artist.
b) Why was the matter not so easy as it sounded?
• The matter of selling his soul.
c) How did he test his drawings?
• He tested them on the cat.

11. "I tested them in the cat. I had often heard the expression «funny enough to make a cat laugh»"
a) What did Augustus test?
• His pictures.
b) Why did he test them?
• As no one wanted to buy them.
c) What was the result of the test?
• The cat laughed until it was sick.


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