The most famous painter in Victoria’s history is Emily Carr. She was born
in 1871 and, as a child, she discovered that walking in the woods appealed
more to her than playing with other children. She discovered that she was
more interested in roaming the streets of old Victoria than playing at home
with dolls. Emily was a plump little girl who spent much of her childhood in
Hill Park, which was very close to her family home. Drawing fascinated her,
and she also liked to play with the animals she kept as pets. She had ducks
and chickens, and even domesticated a crow. She was particularly interested
in the Chinese people she saw in Victoria’s Chinatown.
Their culture and way of dressing seemed so distinct from her own.
At the age of sixteen she began to study drawing seriously. As she became a
young, strong and independent woman Emily began to go on longer and
longer trips into the uncharted forests to paint and draw what she saw. In the
summer of 1895 she went on an expedition with two other women to explore
the wilderness along the Cowichan River.
Some time later she travelled up the coast by boat to visit and draw the
native villages along the way. This required great daring and strength.
When you look at her paintings, you can sense the atmosphere of these
dark, mysterious forests. Her paintings are now very famous and, although
the dark colours may not be attractive to some people, they evoke the beauty
and mystery of the deep woods and the skill of a great artist. The word uncharted in line 13 could best be replaced by
well-known to many
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The text mostly discusses
Emily Carr’s love for the wild life +
Wild life of Victorian painters
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Chinese culture seemed to be unfamiliar to Victorian period.
toys and animals were the main topics for Emily to paint.
the Chinese were very interested in Emily’s art.
Emily Carr was particularly attracted to Chinese culture. +
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In Victoria’s period the English art developed and flourished.
Nature was the main subject to be painted in Victoria’s period.
Emily Carr was the only painter in Victoria’s history.
Emily Carr was an outstanding painter in Victoria’s history. +
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If you ever go to Cornwall, you (6) try something especially Cornish – the pasty. It is rather long in shape and there’s a reason for this. It (7) be eaten by Cornish tin-miners for lunch and had to fit their pockets. Nowadays most Cornish pasties (8) in large bakeries and are certainly not as good as the old-fashioned home-made pasty.
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We are all searching for ways to improve our lives. I (9) that life in the future will be much more pleasant than it is today.
In the first place, there (10)
many improvements in the field of medicine. Scientists
are confident that cures for diseases such as cancer and AIDS (11) . Therefore, the lives of thousands of people (12) . Also, new technological breakthroughs will make our lives easier. Computers (13) to perform more time-saving functions and new inventions will continue to help us carry out daily tasks with ease and comfort.
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Turner almost wished that he (14) to the radio. He went to the closet and grabbed his umbrella. He (15) silly carrying it to the bus stop on such a sunny morning when there still
was no rain. Though it (16)
the day before and the ground still was wet people
lightly and the sky was clear. Anyhow, he knew that by the afternoon everybody
wet because the rain was unavoidable.
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It was George Walker and Col Landmann who planned and built the first railway line into London. railway, nearly four miles long, was to be placed on a brick bridge (19) of 878 arches. This
way to build a railway had several advantages. It would get round the problem created by
the (21) roads and lanes that intersected the route and would require less land.
The first brick was laid on April 4, 1834. At the same time the company purchased a plot of
near London Bridge for Ł7500. A huge army of labourers, engineers and builders moved in
to begin the (23)
task of building the bridge and laying the track. Across the fields little
townships of huts sprang up to house the railway workers.