1. Listen. Number these events in the order you hear them on the track.
a A strange voice is heard. [ ]
b Hilary stops speaking. [ ]
c Jane gets really frightened. [ ]
d Mark leaves the room. [ ]
e Paul leaves the room. [ ]
f The lights go out. [ ]
2. Listen again. Are these statements True, False or Possibly? Write T, F or P in the brackets.
a At the start of the conversation Hilary is happy in the house. [ ]
b Mark believes in ghosts. [ ]
c People say that a family was murdered in the house. [ ]
d The weather is the same as it was 300 years I ago when two strangers knocked at the door. [ ]
e Peter and Hilary cry ‘strangers, strangers’ on cold nights. [ ]
f The electricity stops working in the house from time to time. [ ]
g There are some candles in the house. [ ]
h Somebody knocks at the door. [ ]
i It’s warmer in the room at the end of the conversation than it was at the beginning. [ ]
j There are ghosts in the house. [ ]
a 3 b 6 c 5 d 4 c 2 f 1
a T b F c T d T c F f T g P h P i F j P
JANE: So, do you like living here, Hilary?
HILARY: Yes. It’s a great place to rent while Paul is writing his novel. But I wouldn’t like to live here forever.
PAUL: It’s got ghosts, apparently.
MARK: Oh don’t be silly. Nobody believes in ghosts.
PAUL: Why not, Mark?
MARK: Paul! You’re a rational human being. You can’t believe all that stuff.
JANE: What’s the story, then, about this place? Why does it have ghosts?
HILARY: Well apparently, Jane, about 300 years ago a family lived here. Mother father, two kids. And one night …
PAUL: Terrible weather, wind, rain …
MARK: A night like this you mean?
HILARY: Yes, I suppose so, anyway there was a knock at the door, two men outside. They said ‘Please can we stay the night.’ They were cold and hungry. So they were given food and somewhere to sleep.
PAUL: But that night the whole family was murdered and the two strangers were never seen again.
HILARY: And that’s why, on cold winter nights you can hear the family cry ‘strangers, strangers’ and sometimes they even …
JANE: What was that?
PAUL: Oh no! Not again. The electricity. I wonder how long we’ll be without light this time.
MARK: Do you have any candles?
HILARY: Nor sure. Have we got any left?
PAUL: I think so. I know when they are. I’ll go.
HILARY: Thanks, Paul.
JANE: What was that?
HILARY: What was what?
JANE: That noise.
HILARY: I didn’t hear a noise.
JANE: There. Listen.
MARK: Oh come on love, you’re being silly.
JANE: I’m really cold. Anyone else cold?
HILARY: Yes. Suddenly … it’s suddenly cold.
GHOSTLY VOICE: Strangers in the house … strangers in the house.
JANE: Did you hear that?
MARK: It’s just Paul playing around. Paul? Paul?
JANE: Oh my God, what was that?
MARK: It’s OK, leave this to me. I’ll go and see.
HILARY: No Mark, stay here.
MARK: It’s OK. Back in a minute.
JANE: I don’t like this, Hilary.
HILARY: No, neither do I.
JANE: Paul? Mark? Paul? Mark?
HILARY: I hate being in the dark like this. Can’t see anything … I … it’s … Oh no …
JANE: Hilary. Hilary. Hilary. Hilary …
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