Although it was only half past four, it was pitch dark outside. It
was Christmas Eve and everybody in the village was preparing for dinner.
It was bitterly cold outside but I had to go out because my
grandmother had asked me to buy some bread and, of course, I hadn't done it so
far. If I wanted to find the bakery open, I would have to hurry. I put on my
warm coat, my snow boots and a hat in order to face the cold wind and the snow.
Yes, at least it was snowing. We were going to have a white Christmas.
I went to the bakers, bought the bread and hurried home. I must
confess I was a bit scared in the dark. The streets were almost empty;
everybody was already in the warmth of their houses. There were only a few meters left when I came to the
corner where Mrs. Murdoch and her granddaughter Betty lived. This lady wasn't
very beloved in the village and there was even a gossip that her husband had
died mysteriously. My grandmother was the only one who didn't avoid her. When I came nearer I heard her voice: "Come
here, she said, don't make me angry. You won't escape. It's your turn.” I could
hear somebody yelling and running. I arrived under the window and the screaming
went on. I couldn't see the whole scene because I was too small. But suddenly I
saw her arm rising and in her hand she held a big knife. A few seconds later
her hand with the knife got down, I heard a last yell and --- silence.
She had killed her granddaughter.
I ran away as fast as I could, shaking in my shoes. When I came
home my granny asked me if I had seen a ghost because I was as white as a
sheet. “It's the cold” I answered. Later on I opened my presents, and we were
ready for dinner.
A loud knock on the door. That must be the police, I thought, they
must have come to ask me about the murder.
Granny opened the door. Mrs. Murdoch and Betty came in carrying a
big pan: “Merry Christmas, Mrs Murdoch said, I killed a piglet this afternoon.
You can't imagine how difficult it was to catch it, it escaped and it made a
terrible noise. If there had been somebody passing by they could have
thought I was murdering my granddaughter. But it is delicious, and we'd like to
share it with you”.
the questions with true, false or we don’t know.
Mrs.Murdoch wanted to kill her granddaughter.
The granddaughter was still very young.
The narrator went to the police.
The narrator told her mother what had
The police came to arrest Ms. Murdoch.
Mrs. Murdoch had killed a piglet.
She wanted to share dinner.
The piglet was delicious.
The two girls were friends.
1. It was December. 2. It was just after five o'clock. 3. It was winter. 4. The girl liked to shop. 5. She had to buy bread and milk. 6. It was a white Christmas Eve. 7. The scene takes place in London. 8. Everyone liked Mrs. Murdoch. 9. Mrs. Murdoch had a granddaughter. 10. The granddaughter screamed very loudly. 11. The narrator saw a