The Old Woman and the Physician
An old woman having lost the use of her eyes, called in a physician to heal them, and made this bargain with him. If he should cure her blindness, he would receive from her a sum of money, but if her blindness remained, she would give him nothing. After this agreement was made, the physician, came every day, and put his medicine on her eyes. However, on every visit he took something away, stealing all her property little by little. When he had got all she had, he healed her and demanded the promised payment. When the old woman recovered her sight and saw none of her possessions in her house, she said she would give him nothing.
Together they went to see a judge. The old woman, standing up in the court, argued, “This man here speaks the truth because I did promise to give him a sum of money if I should recover my sight but if I continued to be blind, I was to give him nothing. Now he says that I am healed. However, I believe I am still blind because before I lost the use of my eyes I could see in my house many valuable things, but now, I am not able to see a single thing in it.”
1. physician (n.)- 醫師
2. heal (v.)- 癒合，痊愈
3. bargain (n.)- 協議，交易
4. cure (v.)- 治愈
5. a sum of- 一筆
6. blindness (n.)-全盲，失明
7. property (n.)- 所有物，資產
8. demand (v.)- 要求
10. recover (v.)- 恢復
11.possessions (n.)- 所有權
12. judge (n.)- 法官
13.valuable (adj.)- 值錢的，貴重的
14. promised (adj.)- 答應過的
15. little by little – 逐漸的
1. Choose the best answers.
A.What was wrong with the old woman?
(a) She went blind.
(c) She couldn’t see the doctor.
(d) She didn’t like her house.
B.The physician agreed to
(a) steal her things.
(b) cure her blindness.
(c) give her valuable things.
(d) do nothing.
C.The physician came everyday to
(a) play with the old lady.
(b) only steal her things.
(c) only give her medicine.
(d) give her medicine and steal her things.
D.At last,the old lady
(a) could see.
(b) was blind.
(c) thanked the physician.
(d) gave her valuable things to the physician
E.The physician said he wanted to
(a) go blind.
(b) get paid.
(c) give everything back to the old lady.
(d) go on holiday.
2.Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) The physician went blind. ___
(b) The old lady said she would pay the physician if he cured her. ___
(c) The old lady stole the physician’s things. ___
(d) The physician cured the old lady. ___
(e) The judge went to see them. ___
3. Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) The old lady wanted the physician (heal) ______ her.
(b) The physician (agree)_______ to help her.
(c) The physician (be) ________ not honest.
(d) At last the old woman (can) _______ see.
(e) They (go) _______ to see the judge.
4.Write short answers
(a) Who did the old lady make a bargain with?
(b) What did the physician say he could do?
(c) What did the old lady promise to give the physician?
(d) Did the physician cure her?
(e) What did the physician steal from her house?
5. Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
(a) a doctor ___________________________________
(b) to stay ____________________________________
(c) the things we own ___________________________
(d) get something back __________________________
(e) agreement _______________________________