English Stories Level 1

The Phantom of the Opera

It is 1880, in the Opera House in Paris. Everybody is talking about the Phantom of the Opera, the ghost that lives somewhere under the Opera House. The Phantom is a man in black clothes. He is a body without a head, he is a head without a body. He has a yellow face, he has no nose, he has black holes for eyes. Everybody is afraid of the Phantom – the singers, the dancers, the directors, the stage workers…

But who has actually seen him?

 

 

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Glossary

  1. alone: not with other people
  2. angel: a messenger from God, or a very special, wonderful person
  3. box: a small ‘room’ with three walls in a theatre; you can watch the stage from a box, but other people can’t see you
  4. chandelier: a very big, heautiful light, which has lots of little lights in it
  5. clever: quick to understand and learn
  6. crash: (v) to fall or hit something hard and noisily
  7. dancer: someone who dances (moving the body to music)
  8. dangerous: something dangerous can hurt or kill you
  9. director: somebody who is the head person in a company, theatre, etc.
  10. doorkeeper: (in this story) a person who looks after the boxes in a theatre
  11. enemy: the opposite of a friend
  12. floor: all the rooms on the same level in a building
  13. fool: someone who is stupid, not quick at understanding or learning
  14. ghost: people can see the ghost of a dead person
  15. ground: the ground is under our feet
  16. hole: a small opening in something
  17. joke: something people say or do to make other people laugh
  18. kiss: to touch someone lovingly with your mouth
  19. lake: a big area of water, with land all round it
  20. light: (n) to see in the dark, you need a light
  21. mad: ill in the head
  22. mask: a cover that you put over the face to hide it
  23. mirror: a piece of glass where you can see yourself (some special mirrors you can also look through, like a window)
  24. missing: (adj) if something or someone is missing, you can’t find them
  25. music: when you sing or play an instrument, you make music
  26. neck: the part of the body between the head and the shoulders
  27. opera: a play in a theatre which has singing and music
  28. passage: a long narrow place in a building between rooms
  29. phantom: a ghost
  30. rope: very thick, strong string
  31. scream: to cry out in a very loud, high voice
  32. secret: something that you do not tell other people
  33. shadow: a place or thing that is dark because there is something between it and the light
  34. shout: to speak or cry very loudly and strongly
  35. stage: the part of a theatre where actors, singers, and dancers stand and move
  36. stare: to look at someone or something for a long time
  37. terrible: very, very bad
  38. toad: a small animal, like a frog, that lives in wet places
  39. torture: (n) doing very painful, terrible things to people’s bodies
  40. ugly: not beautiful
  41. voice: you talk of sing with your voice
  42. whisper: to speak very, very quietly

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