Session 5

A monster bride

Viktor Frankenstein goes to Britain and works alone to build a bride for the Creature. Plus, find out what you've learnt from unit 17 in our weekly quiz.

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Drama

Frankenstein: Episode 7 - A monster bride

 Frankenstein: Episode 7

"I'm Viktor Frankenstein. If I build the Creature a bride it will go away and leave me and my family in peace. But... if the bride kills people? Am I doing the right thing?"

What examples of 'used to' can you spot in this episode? It indicates past habits.

The answers are shown in bold on the transcript below the audio.

Listen to the audio and try the activity

ነቲ ቅዳሕ ጽሑፍ ኣርእይዎ ነቲ ቅዳሕ ጽሑፍ ሕብእዎ

TODAY - IN THE ARCTIC

Viktor Frankenstein
Hello. I'm scientist Viktor Frankenstein. You've been listening to the story the Creature told me long ago before I had to come after it and arrived here in the Arctic. The monster I built... I used to care about my science more than anything and I thought I could control nature. I've paid a high price for that. The Creature murdered my young brother and his nanny was executed for the crime. During that conversation years ago the monster told me he would go away and harm nobody else if I built him a bride. Should I do it? He wanted to have his answer when we sat by the fire in his hut in the mountains.

IN THE PAST - IN THE CREATURE'S HUT, SITTING BY THE FIRE

Creature
So, what do you say? If you give me a bride you'll never see or hear from me again.

Viktor Frankenstein
Alright. I'll do it.

Creature
Will you?! That's great! Go home and start working. I'll watch your progress and when my bride is ready to come to life I'll be there.

TODAY - IN THE ARCTIC

Viktor Frankenstein
For some reason I didn't want to start my work. I didn't want to do it in my father's house in Geneva, for sure. I didn't want him to find out about the monster. I was worried... and adding to that the monster had warned me he would watch me at a distance... My love, Elizabeth, noticed I wasn't happy.

IN THE PAST - AT THE FRANKENSTEIN HOME IN GENEVA

Elizabeth
You've been so quiet lately. We used to talk a lot. What's happening? Don't you like me anymore?

Viktor Frankenstein
Don't be silly! Of course I like you. I... I'll even keep the promise I made to my mother before she died, who was very fond of you. How about marriage? Will you marry me?

Elizabeth
Marriage?! Mr Frankenstein, did you hear what your son Viktor has just said? He asked me to marry him!

Viktor Frankenstein's Father
That's fantastic news! My late wife and I used to watch you both playing together as children and we thought you were made for each other. You'll make a wonderful couple!

Viktor Frankenstein
Indeed, father. But first... well... I need to spend some time in England.

Viktor Frankenstein's Father
England, my son?!

Viktor Frankenstein
Yes, father... there are some new scientific discoveries there which I must see for myself. And, well... this could be my last chance to travel and see the world before I settle down. We can have our wedding as soon as I come back, my dear Elizabeth.

Viktor Frankenstein's Father
We understand, son. But well... you'll need a good friend to take care of you, won't you? I'll ask Henry, your best friend, to go with you.

Viktor Frankenstein
Henry?

Elizabeth
Yes. That's a great idea. Henry loves travelling and will surely agree to go!

TODAY - IN THE ARCTIC

Viktor Frankenstein
My plan was to go to England and build a bride for the Creature. How could I keep my work a secret from Henry? We used to have fun travelling together but this time it was different. We stopped in many cities and when we reached Edinburgh I had to leave him behind...

IN THE PAST - AT A RESTAURANT IN EDINBURGH

Henry
That's a great restaurant, don't you think so?           

Viktor Frankenstein
Yes. I suppose so.

Henry
What's going on with you, Viktor? I'm not used to seeing you this sad. What's the problem?

Viktor Frankenstein
I think I need some time alone to think...

Henry
To think?

Viktor Frankenstein
Yes. I need to think about my life. Let's make a deal: I'll go away for a month or two on my own and when I'm back everything will be what it used to be: we'll have a lot of fun together! I promise!

Henry
OK. I'll be waiting for you.

TODAY - IN THE ARCTIC

Viktor Frankenstein
Well, I promised Henry a good time and the Creature a bride. I started collecting material and rented a hut far away in the Orkney Islands. But I had mixed feelings. It had been three years since I built the Creature and what a big mistake that was. What if the monsters didn't like each other? And if the female creature started killing people too? And... and if... if they had babies and there were hundreds of monsters!I couldn't allow this to happen! It was too dangerous. I hadn't finished the work yet but I couldn't give life to another monster. So I just destroyed it! It was over! No more bride. But what about the Creature? Was I going to pay a heavy price for destroying the female monster - the friend the monster was expecting to be happy with? I'll tell you next time.

Download

You can download the Drama from our Unit 17 downloads page (size: 10.2MB) or from our BBC Learning English Drama podcast page.

Vocabulary

bride
woman who is going to get married soon

made for each other
have a good understanding of each other, are a perfect match in a romantic relationship

couple
two people in a romantic relationship

settle down
stay in a place for a long time with a partner

wedding
ceremony in which people get married

female
a girl or woman

To do

Now check what you know about the drama with this three-question quiz.

Frankenstein Quiz

3 Questions

What have you learnt about Frankenstein in our Drama? Test yourself in this quiz.

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So, Viktor Frankenstein agreed to give life to a bride for the Creature. He went far away to work on it and left his friend behind. But if creating one monster was a mistake, what about creating a second one? The scientist destroyed it after all! Will the Creature punish him for it? Find out in the next episode.

Credit

Story adapted and produced by Graciela Damiano

Cast: Peter Kenny, Will Harrison-Wallace, Sophie Napleton, Simon Haynes, Rob Carter

Illustration: Carolina Thwaites-Lastra

English Language Teaching consultant: Nicola Prentis

Studio Manager: Philip Bull

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Session Vocabulary

  • bride
    woman who is going to get married soon

    made for each other
    have a good understanding of each other, are a perfect match in a romantic relationship

    couple
    two people in a romantic relationship

    settle down
    stay in a place for a long time with a partner

    wedding
    ceremony in which people get married

    female
    a girl or woman