Real exam read aloud speaking PTE 46
Look at the text below. In 40 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and as clearly as possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.
I wish you wouldn’t come in without knocking, he said in the tone of abnormal exasperation that seemed so characteristic of him. “I knocked, but seemingly-” “Perhaps you did. But in my investigations – my really very urgent and necessary investigations – the slightest disturbance, the jar of a door – I must ask you – ” “Certainly, sir. You can turn the lock if you’re like that, you know, Any time.”
“Don’t if the straw makes trouble put it down in the bill.” And mumbled at her – words suspiciously like curses. He was so odd, standing there, so aggressive and explosive, bottle in one hand and test-tube in the other, that Mrs. Hall was quite alarmed. But she was a resolute woman. In which case, I should like to know, sir, what you consider.
All the afternoon he worked with the door locked and as Mrs. Hall testifies, for the most part in silence. But once there was a concussion and a sound of bottles ringing together as though the table had been hit, and the smash of a bottle flung violently down, and then a rapid pacing athwart the room. Fearing “something was the matter,” she went to the door and listened not caring to knock.
There was a noise of hobnails on the bricks in the bar and Mrs. Hall had very reluctantly to leave the rest of his soliloquy. When she returned the room was silent again, save for the faint crepitation of his chair and the occasional clink of a bottle. It was all over the stranger had resumed work. When she took in his tea she saw broken glass in the corner of the room under the concave mirror and a golden stain that had been carelessly wiped. She called attention to it.
This chap you’re speaking of what my dog bit. Well – he’s black. Leastways, his legs are. I seed through the tear of his trousers and the tear of his glove. You’d have expected a sort of pinky to show, wouldn’t you? Well – there was none. Just blackness. I tell you, he’s as black as my hat. “, My sakes! said Fearenside. “I know that. And I tell’see what I’m thinking that marn’s piebald, Tedy. Black here and white there – in patches.”
I have told the circumstances of the stranger’s arrival in Iping with a certain fulness of detail, in order that the curious impression he created may be understood by the reader. But excepting two odd incidents, the circumstances of his stay until the extraordinary day of the club festival may be passed over very cursorily, There were a number of skirmishes with Mrs. Hall on matters of domestic discipline, but in every case until late April, when the first signs of penury began, he over people her by the easy expedient of an extra payment.
The stranger did not go to church, and indeed made no difference between Sunday and the irreligious days, even in costume. He worked, as Mrs. Hall thought, very fitfully. Some days he would come down early and be continuously busy. On others, he would rise late, pace his room, fretting audibly for hours together, smoke, sleep in the armchair by the fire. Communication with the world beyond the village he had none. His temper continued very uncertainly, for the most part, his manner was that of a man suffering under almost unendurable.
He rarely went abroad by daylight, but a twilight the would go out muffled up invisibly, whether the weather was cold or not, and he chose the loneliest paths and those most overshadowed by trees and banks. His goggling spectacles and ghastly bandaged face under the penthouse his hat came with a disagreeable suddenness out of the darkness upon one or two home-going laborers, and Teddy Henfrey, tumbling out of the stranger’s skull-like head lit by the sudden light of the opened inn door.