Jack London Martin Eden
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Martin spent long hours in the Oakland and
Berkeley Libraries, and made out application blanks for membership for himself,
his sisters Gertrude and Marian, and Jim, his sister’s boarder, the latter’s
consent being obtained at the expense of several glasses of beer. With four
cards permitting him to draw books, he burned the gas late in the servant’s
room He bought a dictionary and many
In one way he had undergone a moral
revolution. He must be clean if he wished to be worthy of breathing the same
air with Ruth. He washed his teeth, and scrubbed his hands with a kitchen
scrub- brush, till he saw a nail- brush in a drugstore window. He swiftly noted
the difference between the baggy knees of the trousers worn by the
working-class and straight line from knee to foot of those worn by the men
above the working-class. Also, he
learned the reason why, and invaded his sister’s kitchen in search of irons and
But the reform went deeper than mere outward
appearance. He still smoked, but he drank no more. Up to that time, drinking
had seemed to him proper thing for men to do, and he had prided himself on his
strong head. But now the need for strong drink had vanished. He was drunken in
new and more profound ways- with Ruth, who had fired him with love, with books
and with the sense of personal cleanliness.
of heavy reading had passed since the evening he first met Ruth Morse. It
seemed to him, by the end of the week, that he had lived centuries, so far
behind were the old life and outlook. He attempted to read books that required
years of preliminary specialization. One day he would read a book of antiquated
philosophy, and the next day one that was ultra-modern. He would sit up in bed,
and the dictionary was in front of him more often than the book. And still he
couldn’t always understand what he read. He read much poetry. He loved
beauty, and there he found beauty.
day he dared to call Ruth up on the telephone and she invited him to come to
her place. Ruth advised Martin to study grammar, gave him a grammar book and explained
several rules giving simple illustrations.
Several weeks went by, during which Martin Eden studied the grammar book
Ruth had given him, reviewed the books on etiquette, and read voraciously the books that caught his fancy.
1. Why did Martin need more membership
cards at the libraries?
a/ He could buy a dictionary.
b/ His sisters wanted to draw books.
c/ He could obtain free glasses of beer. d/ He could take out more books.
2. What moral revolution had Martin
a/ He stopped smoking and taking strong drinks. b/ He learned to keep him clean and press his
clothes. c/ he fell in love with Ruth.
d/ He prided himself on scrubbing his hands with a nail- brush.
3. What was the result of a week of
a/ He began to find beauty in
poetry. b/ He learned to distinguish
between ultra-modern and antiquated books on philosophy. c/ He left behind the
old life and outlook. d/ he spent much time with the dictionary.
4. Which is not true? a/ Martin didn’t
manage to understand grammar himself. b/
Martin learned much from books but his grammar was poor. c/ Ruth helped him to
improve his grammar. d/ Martin gulped the books
which developed his imagination.