- B) watching
- A) admit
- D) tell
- A) used
- C) among
- D) note
- B) Nevertheless
A strange girl
Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked along the platform. Overhead a dim fog clouded the station. He was __watching__ trains move slowly, throwing off clouds of steam into the cold air. Everything was dirty and smoke-grimed.
Stephen thought with revulsion: “What a foul country – what a foul city!” He had to __admit__ that his first excited reaction to London – its shops, its restaurants, its well-dressed attractive women – had faded. Supposing he were back in South Africa now… To __tell__ the truth, he felt a quick pang of homesickness. Sunshine – blue skies – gardens of flowers. And here – dirt, grime and endless crowds – moving, hurrying, jostling.
He got on a train and passed along the corridor, looking for a place. The train was full. It was only three days before Christmas. He __used__ to go to his parents for Christmas… And then, suddenly, he caught his breath, looking into a carriage. This girl was different. Black hair, rich creamy pallor, the sad proud eyes of the South… It was all wrong that this girl should be sitting in this train __among__ these dull drab looking people. She should be somewhere splendid, not squeezed into the corner of a third class carriage.
He was an observant man. He did not fail to __note__ the shabbiness of her black coat and skirt, the cheap quality of her gloves. __Nevertheless__ splendor was the quality he associated with her. He thought: “I’ve got to know who she is and what she’s doing here.”