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The Signalman by Charles Dickens

The Signalman by Charles Dickens

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Published by Kieran McGovern
A man was standing by the red light near the tunnel. ‘‘Look out!" he was calling. "Hello! You down there! Look out!'’

Classic Dickens ghost story abridged and simplified for English language learners.

For activities, glossary etc go to: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/signalman/signalman/activities.html

For more simplified ghost stories: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/

More graded reading materials at http://www.eslreading.org
A man was standing by the red light near the tunnel. ‘‘Look out!" he was calling. "Hello! You down there! Look out!'’

Classic Dickens ghost story abridged and simplified for English language learners.

For activities, glossary etc go to: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/signalman/signalman/activities.html

For more simplified ghost stories: http://ghoststories.eslreading.org/

More graded reading materials at http://www.eslreading.org

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Published by: Kieran McGovern on Apr 27, 2009
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The Signalman
 
Charles Dickens
Retold by Kieran McGovern 
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Part One
‘Hello! You down there!’  The signalman was standing at the door of hisbox, directly below me. I was sure he could hear my voice but he did not look up. Instead, he looked inthe opposite direction down the railway line. There was something strange about the way hedid this, something I could not explain. I lookedagain, using my hands to protect my eyes from thebright sunset.‘Hello! I am up here!’  This time he turned around. He looked up towhere I was standing, high above him.‘Is there a path? I want to come down and speakto you.’ He did not answer. Just then, a train came past,forcing me to move back. When I looked again hewas refolding the flag he was carrying.I repeated my question. He looked at me forsome moments, without speaking. Then he pointedwith his flag towards a point in the distance.
 
I walked over to that point and looked closely around me. There was a very rough path, and Ifollowed it. The
cutting
was deep andunusually steep. It took me afew minutes to climb down lowenoughto see the signalmanagain.He was standing between therails, waiting for me to appear.He had his left hand at his chin, and his rightelbow rested on his right hand.
A dark and lonely place
I walked down on to the level of the railway. As Icame nearer, I saw that he had a dark beard, heavy eyebrows and bad skin. His signal box was in adark and lonely place.On either side, there were high wet walls,shutting out almost all natural light. In onedirection the line seemed to stretch without end. Inthe other there was agloomy red light at the entry to a dark tunnel. Very little sunlight ever reachedthis place.It had a strange, deadsmell. I felt its cold windin my bones. I felt I had left the natural world.

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