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‘A man is pretending to be me,’ I said. ‘Why?’ Every year, Peter and Susan Reed go to Lea-onSea for their holiday; every year they stay at the Hotel Vista. This year things start to go wrong. A man there is pretending to be Peter. But why? Is he friendly or dangerous — what does he want? Will this, their thirteenth visit to Lea-on-Sea, be their last visit? Paul Stewart lives with his family in Brighton, and writes books for children and young people. He has one son - his name is Joseph, and one daughter - her name is Anna. He was a teacher of English in Greece, Germany and Sri Lanka. He went to Kenya, India, Australia, Malaysia, America and all over Europe, too - but never to Lea-on-Sea!
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Brown Eyes PAUL STEWART Level 1 Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter .
without the prior written permission of the Publishers. Essex CM20 2JE.Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate. Bungay.. photocopying. both companies being subsidiaries of Pearson Plc . England and Associated Companies throughout the world. stored in a retrieval system. ISBN 0 582 40110 0 First published by Penguin Books 1996 This edition first published 1998 Second impression 1999 Text copyright © Paul Stewart 1996 Illustrations copyright© Ian Andrew 1996 All rights reserved The moral right of the author and of the illustrator has been asserted Typeset by Datix International Limited. Pinto (Madrid) All rights reserved. mechanical. no part of this publication may be reproduced. Harlow. Suffolk Set in 12/14pt Lasercomp Bembo Printed in Spain by Mateu Cromo.A. Published by Pearson Education Limited in association with Penguin Books Ltd. or transmitted in any form or by any means. S. recording or otherwise. electronic.
I opened the door.We arrived at our hotel in Lea-on-Sea early on Saturday morning. It is very quiet. and we walked in. ‘It’s good to see you again. Susan and I always stay there.’ I said. 5 . Mrs Brown.’ I said. very friendly and the food is good.’ she said. ‘Good morning.’ ‘It’s good to be here again. The Hotel Vista. ‘Mr and Mrs Reed.
‘Where’s little Mary?’ asked Susan. ‘Fifteen!’ I said. ‘How old is she?’ Susan asked.’ She walked to the kitchen.’ I said. coffee! Before I forget again.’ said Mrs Brown. ‘Fifteen.’ ‘Thank you. ‘But she’s not little! Mary’s a tall young woman now. ‘Time goes quickly!’ ‘1 know. Mary was Mrs Brown’s daughter.’ said Mrs Brown. ‘Before you go up to your room. 6 . ‘She’s in the garden.’ said Mrs Brown and laughed.‘Cup of coffee?’ she said. ‘Now.
Susan looked at me. Peter.’ I said. yes. ‘I love it here.’ said Susan.’ ‘Ah.’ I said. ‘Eleven years ago? Twelve?’ ‘Wrong. 7 . ‘It’ll be thirteen years on Tuesday.’ I said. and shut her eyes.’ she said. ‘In the cafe. ‘I know. ‘When did we first meet?’ she asked.
Susan turned to me. and Mary Brown looked in. You said “hello” in the bank. y. “Why did you pretend?’ she asked me.’ ‘Oh. . . ‘That was you!’ Mary smiled.’ I said. ‘Hello. ‘Again?’ I said. She was tall. ‘Yes.’ she said. and pretended to remember. Don’t you remember? Yesterday. ‘And hello again. ‘I don’t know.The door opened. ‘I’ll see you later. ‘Goodbye!’ ‘Goodbye.’ she said to me.’ she said to Susan.’ we said. 8 . yes!’ I said. She shut the door.
quiet café near the sea. John Connor smiled. Susan and I walked down to the sea. We swam. After lunch.The sun was hot in the afternoon. The café! The place Susan and I first met. ‘Hello again!’ he said to me. I opened the door and looked in. It was a small. We went back there every year. 9 . The water was cold. we walked across to Connor’s Coffee House. After that.
the man in the bank . ‘Hello again!’ 12 . . it was the old man in the newspaper shop. I was afraid. the woman in the Italian restaurant. . Things were not right in Leaon-Sea.It was our fourth night at the Hotel Vista. . Very afraid. the girl in the shoe shop. On Sunday. On Monday. And this afternoon. . . and the woman in the cinema. All of them smiled at me and said. but I did not want to eat. Yesterday. We were at a table in the restaurant.
I didn’t want to meet the man! Susan looked into my eyes. too.’ said Susan. . . ‘ 3 . . We’ll find the man. ‘I’m afraid. ‘They’ll laugh at you.’ said Susan.’ she said.’ I looked down. It’ll be easy. She took my hand. Lea-on-Sea isn’t very big.’ I said. I’m going to the police!’ ‘No. We’re . ‘But it’s not important. ‘I think it is. . ‘Why?’ ‘I don’t know. I .A man is pretending to be me.’ ‘Not important?’ I shouted.
’ I said quietly. ‘Today is an important day. ‘You and me! Did you forget?’ ‘I? . and turned to her. ‘I love you.’ said Susan. ‘Good. ‘Thirteen years. The water was light blue. . ‘Do you love me?’ Susan asked. And for the first time on our holiday. . Yes. ‘Oh.’ We kissed. The sun was red and yellow. we walked down to the sea.Later that evening. too. I was happy! 14 . ‘Important?’ I said. yes.’ I said.’ she said.’ she said. I forgot.
’ We arrived at the cinema and looked down the road. ‘We don’t want to lose him. and walked quickly away. Susan moved back. 15 . he turned right again. There was a man with a big nose and black hair. I saw him turn left at the bank. ‘Look!’ she was right.Suddenly. ‘There!’ said Susan. ‘Where is he?’ I said. ‘Run!’ said Susan. He shut the café door and turned right. ‘It’s him! At the café!’ She was right. At the cinema. ‘Quickly!’ I shouted.
’ 16 . I looked up and down the road. We ran to the bank. ‘Where is he?’ I said. The man was not there. Come on. I know we will. There. ‘But we’ll see him again. ‘Don’t go!’ I shouted.We ran across the road after the man. But he didn’t hear me.’ said Susan.’ she said. ‘I don’t know. ‘We’ll have a drink at the hotel. we stopped.
We walked back to the Hotel Vista slowly.’ I said. We saw Mrs Brown. 17 .’ said Susan quietly.’ I said. ‘Perhaps. but she didn’t see us. ‘Sleeping. We heard the television. I smiled. Susan looked in the cafés and restaurants but she didn’t see the man again. We arrived at the door of the hotel at ten o’clock. Luckily! ‘Perhaps we’ll never see him again. We walked in.
?’ I shouted. ‘But it’s you and me!’ she said. and jumped back.’ I said.I walked over to the bed. ‘Can I see?’ ‘You can. was a photograph. . ‘What the . . face down. Who was the picture of? I was afraid to look. 20 . I took the photograph in my hand and slowly turned it over. Susan looked at it. ‘What is it?’ said Susan. On it. ‘But it isn’t good!’ I gave her the photo.
‘He was there. ‘Don’t move. And he had a gun in his hand. And there he was.’ I said. ‘Very clever!’ he said quietly. It’s his photo!’ Suddenly.’ he said. the man with my face. ‘It was me. and looked again.’ He shut the door.’ 21 .‘I know. ‘Or I’ll shoot. It was Susan and me. ‘That man!’ said Susan. The door opened. Down at the sea. excitedly. we heard a noise.
I wasn’t afraid of his gun . . my mouth. my ears.I was afraid of his face! He had my nose.I looked at the man in horror. 22 . my hair . .
‘You pretended to love me. ‘Ugh!’ 24 . Susan stopped.’ said the man.’ ‘You’re a bad woman.’ he said.’ ‘I did not! And my name is Reed now. I worked with him fifteen years ago. Susan Barker.’ she said. ‘Yes.’ ‘Stay back!’ he shouted. ‘We were happy.’ Susan answered. ‘His name is Stephen Griggs.‘You know him!’ I said. ‘Those cold brown eyes.’ ‘I loved you.
‘You will. ‘Your last walk with Susan. ‘I don’t know the game he’s playing.’ ‘Remember what?’ I said.’ said the man.’ ‘You will. and remember. He smiled. ‘Before you go to prison.‘Did he always have my face?’ I asked.’ he said.’ said Susan. ‘No. ‘That’s for you. ‘You can look at it.’ he said.’ He looked at the photograph in my hand.’ 25 .
down. Then. 26 .‘Prison?’ I said. .’ he said.’ ‘You will. ‘Watch!’ And he turned and put the gun to Susan’s head.’ he said ‘I didn’t . suddenly. I shut my eyes. . ‘NOOOOOO!’ I shouted. It all went black — and I fell down. Dead. Susan was on the floor. The man shot. When I looked again. the man turned and hit me on the head. down. ‘Why?’ Because you shot Susan. and jumped at him.
27 .’ He smiled again and looked at the gun. ‘I loved her. My plan is going very well. I remembered.’ I said. too?’ I said.with my smile! ‘You shot her. ‘No. . ‘I. . quietly. ‘You shot her!’ I said. too. ‘But she was with you.’ I tried to get up. I opened my eyes again. Now . but it was difficult.After some time. All those years. ‘Do you plan to shoot me.’ he said.’ the man smiled .
Susan. . too. ‘Mfff. I’m sorry!’ 28 . ‘I shot Susan!’ the man answered for me. and put his hand over my mouth.’ he said... Perhaps there. Susan was dead before I shot her. you’ll understand. mmwff!’ I said.’ He came over to me. you’re going to prison. no. Now she’s dead for you. For me. Dead! DEAD! Oh. Then I heard Mrs Brown at the door. ‘I said.‘Oh. ‘What are you doing in there?’ she shouted. ‘And now she’s dead.
. . too. And they’ll come — for you!’ He walked over to the window and looked out. You!’ ‘But. ‘Now she’ll phone the police. ‘You’ve got my face. In horror. and one more thing. . I watched him slowly take the mask from his face. 29 .’ ‘Not for long. .’ Before I knew it.’ ‘Oh. Here you are .’ he said. ‘Remember. ‘Now there’s only one Peter Reed again.’ I said.‘There.’ he said. the gun was in my hand! ‘You can give it to the police ‘ he laughed.
‘You come with us. We’ve got all night. It isn’t . . ‘You can talk later.’ he said. ‘I didn’t . I didn’t want to go to prison. The first policeman walked over to me.’ I said. .I watched the door.’ 30 . . They looked at the dead woman. ... They looked at the gun in my hand. ‘Come with us. It opened and four policemen walked in. I can’t .’ he said again.
Pages 5-9 1 Why do Susan and Peter Reed like the Hotel Vista? 2 When did they first meet? 3 Where is Connor's Coffee House? Pages 10-15 4 Why did Peter pretend the car was a Citroen? 5 Why did Susan not want to go to the police? 6 Who did Susan see near the cafe? Pages 16-21 7 At what time did they arrive back at the hotel? 8 Susan and Peter thought that a man or woman was in their room.EXERCISES Vocabulary Work Look at these words: ago forget year laugh afraid pretend restaurant kiss turn shoot prison in horror last shout mask Do you understand them? Find them in a dictionary. Comprehension Answer these questions. Why? 9 Who was in the photograph? Pages 22-25 10 Why was Peter afraid? 11 Why were the man's eyes important? 12 How did Susan know Stephen Griggs? 31 . then write sentences with the words.
Write down their questions and answers (80 words). Why? 15 What can Peter say to the police? Discussion 1 2 3 Is thirteen an unlucky number for you? Are some things lucky/unlucky? Would you like to have a holiday in Lea-on-Sea? Why? If not. Tell him/her why you are in prison. where? Why? The police think that you shot someone! Where were you at 7. Why? 14 Peter did not answer Mrs Brown. Policeman: At what time? . A policeman stays and questions Mrs Brown. Example: Policeman: What did you hear? Mrs Brown: I heard a noise.Pages 26-30 13 Stephen did not shoot Peter.30 yesterday evening? Who was with you? Writing 1 2 You are Peter. Write a letter to your best friend (in 100 words).
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