Her first thought was: 'I must not scream . . .'
Three stories ...
In a far country, a man must open one of two doors. One door
will bring him love. The other door will kill him.
In a French hotel, a woman goes into her room. But it is not her
room. And someone is with her.
In London, a man stays the night in a waxworks. The killers,
the people with knives, are notreal. So why is he afraid?
Three stories, four doors. Be careful when you open them ...
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famous story was The Friends, about two drinkers. He was ill for a
long time before he died, quite young, at forty-one.
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the first when he was sixteen and then hundreds more. His readers
loved them. Readers in America liked The Waxwork very much, so
he turned it into a play for television in 1951.He died in 1956.
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The Lady or the Tiger?
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The Lady or the Tiger?
Many, many years ago there was a king in a far country. He
was famous, he wasstrong and he was very clever. But in his
country he had many wrongdoers. The King was unhappy
about this but how can you stop people from doing wrong?
It is not easy. He thought about this difficult question for a
long time but he could not find the answer.
Suddenly, one day, he had a good idea. He spoke to his
people and told them to build a big stadium in the centre of
'It must bevery big and very beautiful,' he told them.
So the people worked hard for many months.
One day, the building was finished. The stadium was
ready. Inside it, there were places for five thousand people.
Everyone was very excited about this beautiful new building.
Some wanted to watch games in the stadium. Others wanted
to have dancing and singing. But what did the King want?
No one knew....