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The polite welcome

  The light and warmth and the Count's courteous welcome seemed to have dissipated all my doubts and fears. Having then reached my normal state, I discovered that I was half famished with hunger. So making a hasty toilet, I went into the other room. I found supper already laid out. My host, who stood on one side of the great fireplace, leaning against the stonework, made a graceful wave of his hand to the table, and said, 'I pray you, be seated and sup how you please. You will I trust, excuse me that I do not join you, but I have dined already, and I do not sup.'  

I handed to him the sealed letter which Mr. Hawkins had entrusted to me. He opened it and read it gravely. Then, with a charming smile, he handed it to me to read. One passage of it, at least, gave me a thrill of pleasure.

'I must regret that an attack of gout, from which malady I am a constant sufferer, forbids absolutely any travelling on my part for some time to come. But I am happy to say I can send a sufficient substitute, one in whom I have every possible confidence."

Excerpt from Bram Stoker's Dracula

  1. Courteous –  kur-tee-uh  s – adjective –
  2. Dissipated –  dis-uh-pey-tid d – verb –
  3. Doubts – douts – noun –
  4. Famished – fam-isht – adjective –
  5. Hasty – hey-stee – adjective –
  6. Leaning – lee-ning – verb –
  7. greysGraceful -fuh  l adjective
  8. Sealed – seal d – verb –
  9. Gravely – greyv-lee – adverb –
10. Charming – chahr-ming – adjective –
11. Thrill – thrill – noun –
12. Gout – gout – noun –
13. Malady – mal-uh-dee – noun –
14. Substitute – suhb-sti-toot – noun –
a.   Extremely hungry
b.   Spruce up quickly. Clean up oneself quickly.
c.   Having or showing grace or elegance.
d.   (With reference to a feeling or emotion) disappear or cause to disappear.
e.   Fasten or close securely with a piece of wax, lead, or other material with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document as a guarantee of authenticity.
f.   Feelings of uncertainty or lack of conviction.
g.   Very pleasant or attractive.
h.   A disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalk-stones, and episodes of acute pain.
i.   A disease or ailment.
j.   A sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.
k.   A person or thing acting or serving in place of another.
l.   To incline, as in a particular direction; slant.
m.   Polite, respectful, or considerate in manner.
n.   In a serious or solemn manner.


1. m 2. d 3. f 4. a 5. b
6. l 7. c 8. e 9. n 10. g
11. j 12. h 13. i 14. k