' thought Mr. and he wanted to enjoy it! What could he do? 'How can I make this important day a happy day?' he thought.' The manager met him at the door. I'll go out to a restaurant for dinner this evening! I'll enjoy that. and Mr. 'I know.Penguin Readers Level 2 Retold by John Escott First published in 2001 by Pearson Education Limited Printed and bound in Denmark ISBN 0-582-46855-8 Steak Tartare It was Mr.' he said.' said the manager. 'How are you? Would you like a table for one?' 'Yes. Bean! ♦ That evening.' said Mr. Bean looked at him. He arrived at eight o'clock and went inside. Then he waited for Mr. He walked across the room to a table. Bean. Mr. Everybody was wearing their best clothes. It was a very nice restaurant. sir.' He pulled the chair away from the table. 'I'm going to like it here. He put on his best coat and trousers. Bean.
. sir. sir. He put on his best shoes. Bean in town . and there were flowers on every table.' said the manager.Mr. Oh dear! Life wasn't easy for Mr. Bean didn't often eat in restaurants. Bean to sit down. 'This is a good restaurant for my birthday dinner.' Mr. Then he drove to a restaurant in the centre of town. Bean put on a clean shirt. 'This is a nice table. 'Good evening. please. 'Here you are. Bean's birthday. They were sometimes very expensive. Mr. And he sometimes did things wrong when he was in a new or strange place. Bean went after him. 'Follow me.
Mr. eleven . 'Steak.
. There were a lot of people in the room.' The manager took the menu and went away. Bean.‘Why is he taking my chair away?’ thought Mr. And forty. Mr. He read it carefully.. and he moved the money round on the plate. sir. Mr. He took a birthday card and an envelope out of his jacket. What could he eat for eleven pounds fiftyfive? The manager came to his table. Bean got out his money. He put it on the table. He put the money on to a plate. a waiter arrived at Mr. 'Yes. They ate and talked. and put his pen back into his jacket. 'How much have I got?' he said. The manager arrived with the menu and gave it to Mr. fifty-five! Eleven pounds and fifty-five pence. When the manager went away.. Bean's table with a bottle of wine. Bean. Bean. 'The steak tartare.' 'Yes. Mr.for me?' he said. Bean sat quietly for a minute. He had a ten-pound note and some coins. Next. he took out a pen and wrote 'Happy Birthday. There was a man and a woman at the next table. 'Oh! A card . 'Oh. ‘What’s he doing?' And he pulled the chair away from the manager and sat down quickly.' The manager looked at the menu. Bean pretended to see the card for the first time. Bean' inside the card. of course. Yes. He opened the envelope and took out the card. fifty. Suddenly. please. After a minute or two. Bean. He put his finger on the menu. Bean sat and looked round the restaurant.' He looked at the menu again. Then he remembered something. sir?' he asked. 'Somebody remembered my birthday!' And he stood the card on his table. 'Are you ready. 'I'll have that.' said Mr. 'Now that's nice!' he said. dear!' he thought. Then he put the card into the envelope and wrote his name on the outside of it. Bean started to read it. 'Ten. 'Everything's very expensive! What can I have?' Mr.' said Mr.
'That man's really stupid!' And she looked hard at Mr. Of course. The waiter put some wine in Mr. Bean took the knife from the table and started to play with it. sir?' he said. the waiter was right. First. Bean had a drink.' thought Mr. The woman at the table looked round again. 'I'll try that!' And he began to move his napkin. It was very nice! He smiled. Bean put the knife down and looked at his napkin. ping they went! And after a minute. Bean couldn't see the food. and he quickly put his hand across the glass. He didn't say anything. that's funny!' She thought. but suddenly —flick! — he opened it for Mr. He smiled and thought. When he is happy with it.'Would you like to try the wine.' said Mr. Ping. the customer tries his wine. But Mr. But he didn't really want to kill anybody. 'It's not my napkin!' A minute later. Bean.and walked away. he hit the glasses and plate on his table with it. His face said. the waiter gives him more wine. 'Oh. the napkin flew out of his hand.' he thought. He pretended to be a bad man. He didn't say. of course. 'No. ping. Bean. But he gave the waiter the money on
. Next. The woman at the next table looked at him angrily. 'It's a very nice napkin.' The waiter looked at him strangely . Bean. Bean looking at his napkin. 'I'm very clever!' But the woman at the next table didn't think. yes please. There was a large cover on the plate and Mr. 'I don't drink wine when I'm driving. Bean quickly moved the knife. He pretended to push the knife into somebody. he played the song 'Happy Birthday' on the glasses. you stupid man!' Mr. Bean. The waiter saw Mr. the waiter arrived with his food. It was a game. It flew across on to the next table. Bean didn't know this. Flick! Flick! Flick! Suddenly. Mr. Bean's glass and Mr. But Mr. Bean pretended not to see her. thank you. and the waiter tried to put more wine into the glass. 'That's clever!' or 'Oh yes.' he said. 'That's clever. 'Why did you try the wine when you didn't want it. and Mr.
He took the money and put it in his jacket. He smiled.' He smiled and pretended to eat some meat. 'Where can I put some now?' he thought. But the waiter didn't say anything.
. 'I can't eat it. He walked away — and Mr.' he thought. so I've got to hide all of it. 'Aaagh!' he thought. everything's very nice. Then he put his ear next to it. The waiter took the cover off the plate and walked away. Bean pretended to smell the flowers. he put the meat into the mustard pot and put the cover on it. Bean put it into his mouth. Bean's face changed. Mr. yes. the manager arrived at his table. He put his nose near the meat and smelled it. There was no smile now. the flowers!' He took the flowers out of the vase. Bean was happy. But the waiter went away before Mr. 'But I'll never ask for steak tartare again! Never!' He pushed his plate away. so Mr. very nice!' he said. 'Is everything all right. 'Is everything all right. Suddenly. 'Are you happy with everything?' 'Mmmmm. 'Yes. The manager smiled and walked away. He smiled. The manager smiled. yes. sir?' he asked.the table. He put some of the meat into his mouth. Mr. Customers don't usually give a waiter money when he arrives with the food.' said Mr. Bean. 'What can I do with it?' he thought.' he thought. Oh. thank you. But then the manager went past. too. 'I'm doing everything right. 'I can't eat this. 'They didn't cook this meat!' But he had to eat it.' said Mr. 'Mmm. 'What's this?' he thought. 'I don't want people to think that I'm stupid. Where can I hide it?' Then he had an idea. 'Oh. Carefully. Bean looked at the food in front of him. But then the waiter went past his table. sir?' he asked. Bean.
'Where's that coming from?' he thought. 'Nobody's watching me. He looked round. 'That's better. So he took more meat from the big plate in front of him. Bean smiled. 'Now you can't see the meat. But there's more meat. Then he pushed down hard with his hand. 'Good!' he thought. He looked round the table. After the waiter went away. Good. 'This is nice. 'Where can I hide it now?' He looked at the small plate on the table. Next. Then the man saw Mr. he put some of the meat into the sugar pot. 'Nobody can see it in there. 'Yes! The bread!' He took his knife and cut the bread roll. and the music changed. he pushed down on the small plate again.' he thought. 'The sugar pot!' he thought. Bean smiled at him and put his arm on the plate. Mr. After a minute or two. Where can I hide it?' He looked round the table.' he thought. Now he could push some meat inside the roll. Perhaps he could hide some meat under the plate.' he thought. The waiter walked past his table again. 'Where next?' he thought. He did this. Bean's table and played for him. Bean put some meat into the vase and pushed the flowers in on top of it. Bean's birthday card. He looked at the meat on his plate. 'There's a lot of it. the man came across to Mr. Mr.Quickly. Mr. and put it under the small plate. Then he quickly ate the middle of it. then he put some sugar into a wine glass. He looked round — and saw a man with a violin. Bean could hear music. then he put the roll down. What can I do?' He thought quickly. 'But it's got sugar in it.' he thought. Then he put the sugar from the wine glass on top of it. The
. Mr.' Suddenly.
Bean's table and watched him. Bean's table. Bean.. Bean. Bean smiled back at them..' So he put the meat into his mouth.. he accidentally put his foot out. But when he did this. 'That was clever. Bean had another idea. 'What happened?' they said. Bean's foot! The plates fell on to Mr.. 'Who's having a birthday?' they thought. Mr. And he waited . But where? He looked at the man with the violin. Mr. Here was the answer to his problem! He moved very quickly.' thought Mr. Then they saw Mr. There was a loud CRASH!. The meat was in Mr. He played his violin and waited for Mr. He pulled open the back of the man's trousers and opened his mouth. He pretended to eat some of the meat. and the people at the other tables looked up quickly.man started to play 'Happy Birthday'! The people at the other tables looked round when they heard the song. The music was very beautiful. He pushed the meat from his plate on to the table with the other food. and waited . Bean and smiled at him.. The man with the violin moved round the next table. He saw this. but he didn't want to eat it. ‘I’ll have to eat some. dear!' they said. Nobody's eyes were on Mr. Bean's mouth. They watched the man with the violin. 'Oh. The waiter walked past with some plates of food — and he fell over Mr. The man with the violin walked round Mr. 'He'll only go away when I eat it. He opened it and pushed some meat inside it. and on to the floor. He wanted to put it somewhere. Bean to eat the meat. The meat fell inside the trousers! He smiled. Then they saw the waiter on the floor. and he had an idea. He moved quickly. Then he pretended to be very angry.' he thought. Bean.
. but he didn't put it into his mouth. Bean quickly took the woman's bag from the floor. They listened and drank their wine. He played a song to the man and the woman. Now Mr. so their eyes weren't on Mr. and waited . Then he put the bag on the floor again. And the man with the violin turned away to the next table..
' he said. too. The manager opened Mr.' he said.' The waiter arrived at Mr. 'Now I can start again. It's in the bread roll. 'Oh. Bean's napkin. 'Thank you. Bean. Bean looked down. The manager smiled and took off the cover. all right. Bean's clean table.' he thought. 'Look! It's in the mustard pot. There. Bean. And he stopped smiling. yes. It's in the vase of flowers. Bean. sir. sir. sir. 'And it's in here!' He pulled open the back of the violin player's trousers. the food—!' 'Yes. look at this!' The waiter got up from the floor. sir. He put a plate in front of Mr.' 'What?' said Mr. 'Sit here. 'And here!’ The waiter couldn't understand it. Bean's table.' the manager told him. 'I'm really very sorry.' The manager arrived at the table. 'Please. and the waiter went away. Mr.' The manager took Mr. Then he got the birthday card from the other table.' he said. Bean smiled. in front of him.'Look. Bean sat down. 'Oh. The man with the violin came across and played 'Happy Birthday' to him again.’ he said. 'I'm sorry. 'Go back to the kitchen. ‘Thank you. 'Oh. 'I'm very sorry. He put it on Mr. 'Come with me. Bean.' He took the woman's bag from the floor. 'And this time I'll do everything right. you stupid man!' he said to the waiter. it's everywhere!' said Mr. Mr. Bean. Bean to a clean table. Then the manager turned to Mr. Mr. Now everything was all right.' he said.' said Mr. was a very large plate — of steak tartare!
Then Mr. 'Nobody's watching me. 'I want two one-pound coins for the washing machine. Bean's clothes were dirty. The young woman was next to the big washing machine.' He took two one-pound coins out of his jacket and put them on the top of the machine. He pushed and he pulled. The younger woman was with the launderette manager. Then he got in and drove to the launderette. In the end. He put it inside.' At that minute.' 'This is one of our bigger machines.' said the manager. Bean saw a note above the washing machine: Machines now cost £3. 'Money. He took it across to one of the washing machines. and took the bag out to his car.' thought Mr. 'I've got to wash a lot of clothes. Bean. The launderette wasn't very busy that morning. Mr. Bean arrived. 'I'll go to the launderette this morning. 'I'll take the car.. Bean arrived. there were only two women there.' the young woman said to the manager.' he thought. He put this on top of the washing machine. 'Oh!' he said. The launderette manager was busy in his little office. he got the bag inside. Mr. He pulled and he pushed. but he could only find a five-pence coin. and he couldn't get it through the launderette door. 'Good. But then Mr. He did have another one-pound coin. 'I'll want a big washing machine. no!' thought Mr. He looked round. Bean remembered something. 'Have I got another one-pound coin?' He looked in his jacket and his trousers. He had the black bag on his back.'
. but. Bean saw her putting some clothes into it. 'Oh. Before Mr.The Launderette A lot of Mr.. 'Use this.' he thought.' He put his dirty clothes into a very large black bag. Bean.
He didn't say 'Hello' or 'Good morning'. Mr. Then he started to pull out some string. Next. Bean stopped. He took a magazine out of his bag and began to read. Mr. Bean away from the washing machine. Bean saw her looking and turned away quickly. Bean. He turned round to speak angrily — but then he saw the young man taking a white karate suit out of his bag.' Three pairs went into the machine. But it wasn't a nice smile. There were some pairs of underpants. 'Monday.
.' The young man pushed his white karate suit into the washing machine. Then he put some money into the machine and sat down on a chair. Then he put the five-pence coin back into his jacket. and he put one pair into the machine. 'Thursday. 'He's got string inside his trousers!' On the end of the string was some paper. and inside the paper was a onepound coin. Bean's one-pound coins on to the next machine. The young woman turned suddenly and saw Mr. he opened the washing machine. Perhaps I won't say anything. 'That's a strange man. Bean. He pushed Mr. Bean started to put his clothes into his washing machine. Friday. Bean.He opened the front of his trousers. When he saw Mr. Mr. 'What-!' began Mr. 'What is that man doing?' she thought. Bean was angry. He took the coin out of the paper and put it on the top of the washing machine. Bean smiled. Her eyes opened wide. Then the young man pushed Mr. He was young and strong.' he said. But now the older woman looked at him. Mr. Bean pulling the string out of his trousers. Saturday.' the woman thought. 'A karate suit!' thought Mr. A man came into the launderette with a bag of dirty clothes under his arm. he smiled. 'Tuesday' He put the next pair into the machine. Mr. 'So he can fight.
The man could fight! He walked round the young man's legs and said nothing. The young woman put some of her clothes into one of the very big washing machines. Bean angry. Bean remembered the karate suit. and I'm wearing them!' What could he do? He had to wash them. He looked round. Mr.
. She didn't look at them. She put them into the big machine. 'I'll go behind that. Bean put a hand round the partition. Then she sat down on a chair near the dryers and started to read. There was a partition near the washing machines. Bean put his Wednesday underpants into his washing machine. it's Wednesday today. so he had to take them off. 'Where can I go?' he thought. She didn't watch her clothes very carefully. but the young man put his legs across the floor. Then he put his hand round the partition. so she didn't see him wearing her skirt. 'Where are Wednesday's underpants? Oh. Bean. She had her back to Mr. He went behind the partition and carefully took off his brown trousers.'Wednesday!' he thought. Next. He took something — but it wasn't his brown trousers. Then he closed the door and put in his three one-pound coins. But Mr. she shut the door of the machine and took a magazine. The young woman took the brown trousers from the top of the smaller washing machine. Mr. Bean took off his underpants — Wednesday's underpants. The other clothes were on the top of a smaller machine near the partition. He wanted to make Mr. And she didn't see him put his brown trousers down with her clothes. He walked back to his washing machine. Bean put on the skirt and came out from behind the partition. She didn't see Mr. He started to walk to the partition.' he thought. Mr. It was a long brown skirt.
no!' he thought. 'She put my trousers in the big washing machine with her things!' he thought.and a pair of underpants fell out of it. he started to put on Sunday's underpants. Bean got up and went back to the partition. After a minute. he couldn't pull them up. But he couldn't do it. He went across to the big washing machine and tried to open it. Then he looked at Mr.' he thought. But the machine didn't stop. Bean looked away quickly. Bean tried to hide the skirt with his hands. The young man put his cup of conditioner on the top of his washing machine. 'Go away. you stupid man!' but he was too afraid. then went across to the conditioner machine.
. He got his black bag . Bean — and saw the skirt. He couldn't move them. There was a strange foot on them! It was the young man's foot.' he thought. He put his feet into them and — suddenly. 'Oh! Sunday's underpants!' he said. Mr. away from the other people. 'I know! I'll wear Sunday's underpants under this skirt! That's a good idea. Mr. 'I'll have to wait. and he walked back to his chair. 'What's this? A skirt? Where are my trousers?' The young man walked past and Mr. the young man laughed again and went back to his chair. 'What will he think?' The young man went across to a machine on the wall and bought a cup of conditioner. He looked at the washing machine next to it and remembered the young woman's clothes.He sat down on a chair — and saw the skirt! 'Oh. Mr. 'What can I do?' he thought. He tried to stop his washing machine and open the door. He started to laugh. Mr. Bean wanted to shout. Bean turned round and saw the young man laughing at him. Carefully.' He looked round. 'I don't want him to see me in this skirt. He looked down at the skirt.
The young man's eyes were on his magazine. 'Aaaagh!'
. But it wasn't coffee. it wasn't conditioner. Then he looked across at Mr. Bean stopped drinking and said. Mr. Bean And he quickly changed the young man's cup of conditioner for his cup of black coffee. Bean went across to it and got a cup of black coffee. and he looked at the young man. it was conditioner. It was brown! 'What-!?' he shouted. So he didn't look at the cup when he put the 'conditioner' into the top of his washing machine. Bean tried not to laugh. Then he put it to his nose and smelled it. Then he carried the cup of conditioner to his chair and sat down. He stood next to the machine and laughed at Mr.' he thought. The young man sat down in his chair again and looked across at his washing machine. 'Who. Bean. Bean quickly pulled up Sunday's underpants. 'That will teach him a lesson. He had to put the conditioner into it now. He smiled. He ran across to the cup and looked inside it. the young man stood up and went to his machine.Mr. and the young man could see his white karate suit going round and round in the water. Bean didn't answer. 'Coffee!' he shouted. He was angry.' he thought. but his face said. Mr. 'I don't like people laughing at me. Bean or the washing machine. He didn't look at Mr. He jumped up. 'Now!' thought Mr. of course. It was black coffee.. Mr. 'What can I do to him? I can't fight him. There was a coffee machine next to the machine for conditioner. The young man went to find the launderette manager. Bean's skirt.' Then he had an idea. But.. He's too strong. He smiled and walked back to his washing machine with the coffee. There was a window in the door. ?' Mr. 'Did you . After a minute. me?' He pretended to drink his cup of 'coffee'. But the suit wasn't white now.
Is that right?' 'Y—yes. 'Me? I didn't do anything to it. 'This karate suit was white when I came in here.' said the manager. 'Where are they?' he thought. The young man showed him the karate suit again. angrily. Then he started to take out his clothes.
. 'This cost me two hundred pounds!' he said. He got up and opened the door.' So he looked inside it. 'What's wrong.' Next. 'Now look at it!' 'What did you do to it?' said the manager. First. 'They're here somewhere. and nearly dry. After a minute. the dryer stopped. Mr.' said the young man. A minute or two later. Then she went back to the big washing machine for her other clothes. Bean. 'We can talk about it there. 'It's too dark. Bean waited. His underpants and other things were in the machine. he put his head into the machine. The young woman took some clothes out of the machine and put them into a bag. They were clean now. he climbed into the machine. sir?' said the manager. the young woman came to the next dryer and started to take out her clothes. 'What are you going to do about it?' 'Er – will you come to my office please. Bean moved quickly.' he thought. Bean sat opposite a large dryer. too. 'Perhaps my trousers are in there!' thought Mr. 'This is your machine. He started to look through her clothes for his trousers. but he couldn't find them. 'I can't see anything.' ♦ Mr. Mr. He pulled the manager across to his washing machine. sir?' said the manager. They were dry. Wait a minute! Perhaps she left them in the dryer.' said the young man.The young man showed the brown kагаtе suit to the launderette manager.
. no!' thought Mr. Mr. and round ... 'Help!' he shouted through the window in the door. Bean. 'Where are my trousers?' he thought. Bang! Bang! But nobody heard him. She took a pound coin and put it into the dryer.The young woman was busy at the big washing machine.. Bean. She didn't see Mr. 'A pair of trousers. Bean began to go round and round . He turned and climbed back to the door. Bean hit the window in the dryer door. 'What-?' began Mr. Mr. 'I can't get out!' he shouted. 'There's somebody in here!' But the woman couldn't hear him.' She threw them on to one of the other washing machines. 'What's this?' she thought. Bean climb into the dryer. Suddenly.. There was a noise — and the machine started! The clothes began to go round and round! And Mr. Then she took something out of the big washing machine.
. then she took her clothes across to the dryer. Then the dryer door shut with a BANG! 'Oh. and round . Suddenly. the woman's washing began to fly into the machine — a skirt. Bean was inside the dryer. it was very hot inside the dryer.. I haven't got any brown trousers. a dress and some shirts. Her eyes opened wide.
..Take the. .. Sometimes he from me. You are the man and woman at the table next to Mr. a What machines can you find in a launderette'? b Why do you put conditioner in a washing machine? violin
. a Why does Mr. off that plate. But you don't cook it before you eat it.I often play my.to be ill. Find the words in italics in your dictionary.ACTIVITIES Steak Tartare Before you read 1 What do you know about Mr.. and sometimes he .. Bean? Talk about him. They are all in the story.. his napkin and his food.. . bread roll coins cover hide manager mustard pot napkin pretend smell vase a Which things can you find on a table in a restaurant? b Who is the boss in a restaurant? с Use the other words in these sentences. 2 Steak tartare is meat.. The Launderette Before you read 6 Answer these questions... in the street... and people give me . those flowers! They're beautiful! . Bean go to the restaurant? b How much money has he got? с What food does he ask for? d What does he do with his food? Why? e How does he feel at the end of the story? Why? 5 Work with another student... . Bean's table.. What's under it? After you read 4 Answer these questions.. Would you like to try it? Why (not)? 3 Find these words in your dictionary. He is doing strange things with his knife.. You don't understand. Talk about it..He never wants to go to school.