1. "such a weekend as left me reluctant to rise up on Monday morning with bright and shining face and go to work"
2. The fact that the writer was asleep in the flat at lunch time. He did not get up until about 2:30 pm.
3. (a) " I had my face all lathered ... "
(b) "....but I do"
4. "More angry than hurt,"
5. He had jerked open the door of the medicine cabinet.
6. (a) a surprise: it was a strange place for the wife to keep the needles.
(b) it seems ...
7. (a) His ear was bleeding and his face was lathered.
(b) He was distressed at the thought of having to find the needles in soapy water.
8. For dramatic effect and emphasis.
9. Dangerous people or animals that haven't been captured.
10. reluctant = unwilling
profusely = freely / very much / a lot
cabinet = cupboard
condition = state
involving = concerning
1. That short circuits cannot be caused by needles going down a drain.
2. Both. He ended up with four needles in one hand and three in the other.
3. His ear was bleeding, his face was lathered, he had needles in the palms of both hands. He had, as he says, reached the lowest point of efficiency, and was helpless.
4. He tried to transfer the needles in his left hand to the palm of his right hand. In this way, his left hand would have been free for further action.
5. In the end
6. To remove the danger of his friends' using it.
7. (a) visions
9. (a) I do not know very much about electricity.
(b) I don't want it to be explained to me again.
(c) The only thing he can do is stand there.
1. Because he wouldn't have looked for a lipstick and he wouldn't have pulled everything out of the medicine cabinet.
2. Among the debris on the floor.
3. A steadier hand and a less shattered spirit.
4. They haven't called him yet.
5. flat / ring up