Ana Paula Machado Valadão Bessa is 35 years old. Her birthday is on May 16, she is a Taurus, her parent’s name are Marcio and Renata. She is married and has two children: Isaque and Benjamin, she is Brazilian, her hometown is Belo Horizonte. She is a musician and songwriter and leader of the worship band Diante do Trono. She has two siblings, a brother André and a sister, Mariana. Her website is




Actress Angelina Jolie is 36 years old – Angie or AJ are her nicknames – she is from Los Angeles in the USA. In 2005 she became famous as Mrs. Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie. Her fans also love her as Evelyn Salt in Salt. Angelina has green eyes and brown hair. She is married to Brad Pitt since 2005. As UN ambassador Angelina traveled for Pakistan to help the victims of an earthquake, in the end of 2005. She loves watching movies, reading, writing, travelling and to collecting things. She also holds license to fly an airplane. Her website is She was born on July 4, 1975 and she’s a Gemini. She is the descendant of Czech, German and Canadian people.




James Eugene Carrey is an actor, comedian and writer. He is the youngest son of Kathleen and Percy Carrey, and has three siblings. He is 49 years old, his birthday is on January 17 and he is Capricorn. He is from Newmarket, in Canada. James is divorced. His most famous movies are “Ace Ventura”, “The Mask”, “Liar Liar”, “The Grinch”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Fun with Dick and Jane”. His website is and you can follow him at @JimCarrey. His favorite sport is baseball and his favorite color is blue.




Kate Perry is 26 years old. Her birthday is on October 25, she is scorpion, she is the second daughter of Keith and Mary Hudson, who are pastors. She is from Santa Barbara, California, USA. Katy Perry is married to Russell Brand. She is a singer, songwriter and actress. Her most famous songs are Firework, California Girls and ET ​​ft. Kanye West. Her website is and you can follow her at @KatyPerry. Her sings Pop and Pop Rock.




Joseph Adam Jonas is 21 years old. His birthday is on August 15, he is a Leo and was born in Casa Grande, Arizona. He is an actor and singer, and he is a member of pop band Jonas Brothers with two of his brothers Kevin and Nick but, he also has a younger brother Franklin Nathaniel Jonas. He is single, you can follow him at @joejonas. His favorite sport is soccer and his favorite place in the world is Paris.




His full name is Dougie Lee Poynter and his nickname’s Doug, he is 23 years old. His birthday is on November 30, he is a Sagittarius, his mother’s name is Samantha. He is single, English and his hometown is Corringham. He is a musician and he plays bass in the band McFly. He has one sister, Jazzie. His website is http://www.dougiemcfly.tumblr and you can follow him at @dougiemcfly. His favorite band is Blink 182, his favorite actress is Hillary Duff. His favorite activity is to play videogame.




Caio Castro Castanheira is 21 years old. His birthday is on January 22, he is an Aquarius, his parent’s name are Vitor Castanheira e Sandra Castro. He is single, he is Brazilian, his hometown is São Paulo. He is an actor. He has a brother, Enzo. His website is and you can follow him at @CaioCastanheira. His favorite sport is surfing.




Jennifer Lopes was born in Bronx, the USA, on July 24, 1969. She’s a Leo. She is an actress and a singer. She can sing and dance very well, and speak Spanish too. Her favorite color is black. In 1997 she became famous as Selena. She loves movies. Her favorite sport is volleyball. Her website is http:/ and you follow him at @jeny.




Sandra Bullock is 46 years, she is from Washington, her birthday is on July 26, 1964. She’s a Leo. Her mother was a German opera singer, so Sandra can speak German and sing very well. She can dance ballet, too. She studied acting at East Carolina University in Borth Carolina. Her first big hit was Speed in 1994. She is now one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. Her website is




Saul Hudson is 46 years old. His birthday is on July 23, he is a Leo. Your nickname is Slash, he is a musician, guitarist for Velvet revolvers. He is married to Perla, he has 2 children. She is from Stoke-on-Trent, England. His favorite guitar is Gibson Les Paul. His web site is




Actress Julie Fiona Roberts is 43 years old. Her birthday is on October 28, she is a Scorpio, her father’s name is Walter. She is married, she is from United States, her hometown is Smyma. She became famous as Pretty Woman. She has one sibling, a brother Eric. Her website is and you can follow him at @julier. His favorite sport is swimming.




Neymar Santos Junior is 19 years old. His birthday is on february 5, he is an aquarium, his father name is Neymar Santos. He is single, he is a soccer player in Santos, his hometown is Mogi das Cruzes. Website is and you can follow twitter @njr92 His favorite sport is soccer.




Lea Michele Sarfati is 24 years old. Her birthday is on August 29, she is a Virgo. She is single, she is American, her hometown is New Jersey. She’s a singer and actress who is making Glee where she plays Rachel Berry, she spent ten years on Broadway before joining the cast of the series. Her website is http:// the blog is totally dedicated to Lea and you can follow him at @msleamichele. Her favorite sport is singing and dancing.




Alexandre Magno Abrão (or Chorão) is 41 years old. His birthday is on April 9, he is an Aries, his parent’s name are João and Maria. He is married, he is Brazilian, his homentown is Santos. He is a musician and songwritter and leader of Charlie Brown Jr. He has no siblings. His website is and you can fallow him at @chorao_cbjr. His favorite sport is roller skating.




W. Axl Rose’s birthday is on February 6, 1962, he is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist of Guns N’ Roses.

Categories: 1. BASIC 1



L and V Was Seen Together

Last Sunday, some journalists saw V leaving Vila Belmiro after a match. It is normal, but people say that L, a Corinthian man was with her. Are they having an affair? This prohibited romance can be the next “Romeo and Juliet”. A future Santos soccer player dating the Gaviões’ leader.



Mother of Neymar’s son is revealed

Right now, it’s true! A secure source spoke that she is a popular girl in this school, called A. They didn’t say her name. The story is: in one of these crazy parties, made by popular guys, she met Neymar. They talked closer, during a few minutes and then, went out. Only sober people saw them and said Neymar was hugging her. The only thing I know is she’s 15, is pregnant and her parents are angry about it.



Today when I arrived from school, I found L and he told me that M.C was pregnant! OMG M.C pregnant? I don’t believe it. But he told serious. And the worst is that the father of the child disappeared. Nobody knows where he is. And now M.C doesn’t go to school, because she is ashamed.



I arrived at CNA and people said to me that L. is a terrorist! I didn’t understand! She is so quiet and like a good girl… But nobody is sure of this; we need to do an investigation!



Oh, today a lot of people came and said to me that CA. was pregnant. They said that she got drunk in a party and on the other day; she woke up and already felt sick. I don’t know if this is true or not, but this reminds her so much.



M will play in Rock in Rio 2011

Now it is true, a CNA student – M will play at Rock in Rio! The owner of the festival confirmed that M will play in Claudia Leite’s band in the first day. People say that M is very happy with that, and he is practicing a lot for the concert.





After been seen in a lot of drunk parties and be involved in some fights on the streets, D disappeared. Is he dead? Has he moved out? No. A guy that I can’t tell the name, said me that D is on rehab. He has been sent to this place by his parents, who were tired to see theirs soon arriving home after 6am. Let’s wait to see if he will be back.



OMG today I listened that N has got pregnant from two fathers at the same time. It’s so unnatural but it’s true.



People say that A has cheated her ex-boyfriend with L

Oh my God! I don’t know if that’s a true gossip. A is a very good girl, and L… Err, I can’t say the same of her HEHE’. But I think, despite A be a little crazy, she has a good mind, and wouldn’t do that =D


People say that T is pregnant of Neymar.

Wooooow. Nobody knows if that is true yet, because Neymar didn’t say anything about that… but, people say a lot of thing, and you know. When people say IT’S TRUE! BELIEVE IN ME! But with time, we’ll know if that is true really and btw, she’ll have money to clean her ass.



Beware! Crazy Naked Guy is on the loose!

It is said that D was seen running naked on the streets and that he has freaked out. D was not doing fine since the death of his turtle and after that he began to have hallucinations about his dead pet. Pay attention while you walk on the streets folks, because he’s really dangerous.



L’s grandfather was murdered by Hitler!

Investigating over L’s life, I discovered from a very reliable source, a very strange and sad story about his family, his grandfather was killed by Hitler. The same source said that L discovered it recently; we imagine that it was a big shock to him.

Categories: 7. ADVANCED 1




1:40 – the girl was taken by police
3:22 – comfort was given by girl
4:21 – the girl was answered by a woman
4:57 – the match was sold by girl
5:02 – the candle was lit for the girl

5:42 – the girl was taken by the woman
6:03 – the story was directed by Roger Allers
6:06 – the story was produced by Don Hahn
6:36 – the story was distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution



0:35 sticks were taken from the ground
1:42 she was rejected by people
3:50 the fire was discovered by the girl
4:07 the girl was taken by two horses to a house
4:40 woman was embraced by the little girl
4:50 the Christmas tree was seen by the girl
5:50 the girl was really found by a woman
6:36 – the story was distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution



1:12- a happy family was seen by the girl
2:30- the girl was warmed up with the match
2:40- the girl was touched by the heat of a fireplace
3:15- an extensive table of food was seen by the girl
3:48- two horses were taken by the girl
4:35- the girl was embraced by the women
5:03- a Christmas tree was adorned by girl
5:38- the girl was taken by the women



0:36 socks were worn by the girl
0:44 the girl was ignored by the people
3:55 the horses were running
4:14 the girl was looking through the window
4:18 the door was knocked by the girl


2:25 the match was taken by the girl
2:46 the girl imagined that was in front of the fireplace

5:36 the girl was found dead
6:03 the history was directed by Roger Allers



0:34 The match was overturned by the girl
0:54 People were ignoring the girl
1:23 A family was seen by the girl
2:49 The girl was dreaming with a fireplace
3:30 The girl was hungry
4:18 The girl knocked on the door
4:42 The girl was embraced by a lady
4:50 The Christmas tree was seen by the girl
5:00 Candles were lit by girl
5:42 The girl was taken by the woman




Matheus Campos Fernandes

14 Years Old, Single, 13 3223-7351


Educational Background

High School / Objetivo
2011 – Up to the present day


Specialization Courses

CNA / Advanced English


May 31, 2011
Mr. Jack Smith
Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE)


Dear Mr. Smith

I’ve seen your announcement on the newspaper and I’m really interested in the Software Development position. I believe I have everything that it takes to work in your company.


I’m 22 years old and graduated at Computer Science in USP. While I was in College, I worked at IBM for 2 years, where I helped to develop critical technologies. I’m also graduated at CNA, so I speak fluent English.
I’m looking forward to work in your company. I’ll call you next Monday, if there’s no problem for you. Thank you.
Yours Truly,

Matheus C. Fernandes

5542 Hunt Club Lane, #1

Blacksburg, VA 24060

(540) 555-8082





Gabriela Lourenço Sassaki
Alvaro Alvim nº93, Santos – SP 11040-131
(13) 32384813


Educational Background

High School / Santa Cecília – 2011


English Course

CNA – Advanced Level

Looking for specialization, experience and instruction.



May 25, 2011

Mr. Hugh Tompson
Administrator airlines – Vip Operation
Dolphin Center, Chouran Area – tenth floor
Beirut- Lebanon


Dear Mr. Tompsom

From the post in the newspaper I saw an announcement about a vacancy for a flight attendant in Saudi Arabia, in your company. I am very interested in this position and I believe that I have all the qualities for this job.


I have 23 years old and I have already worked in another company like Heaven Airlines, but only for one year and I’m looking for more experience, especially in other continents. I was trained in a Brazilian aviation course and graduated on CNA English School, in Brazil too.


I am very excited to know your position related to this and I hope your contact as fast as possible for talking about this vacancy. I already have sent to your e-mail a picture of me.


Thank you for your consideration.


Gabriela L. Sassaki
121 Ancor street
NY 239–5435





Rebeca Bastos
16 Years Old, Single, 13 555-8952
Conselheiro Nebias nº684, Santos – SP 11050-090


Educational Background

High School – Universitas – up to 2011


Specialization Courses
CNA – Intermediate English.



Mr. Thomas Johnson
Manager Architecture
Dubai Company – frist floor


Dear Mr. Johnson

I read in the newspaper your announcement about the job vacancy for an interior architect in Dubai. I’m very excited, I really think this job can be mine, I have all the qualities expected and I love the projects your company has developed with the environment.


I’m 30 years old and I have already worked at big projects, in my career I helped to design the reform of the White House and drew some buildings and shopping malls. I can speak 3 languages, I enjoy work in team and I’m organized and receptive. And for me, it is really easy to switch countries.


At next Friday I’ll back if possible, to talk about this vacancy. If not possible, please contact me.


Thank you for your time.


Rebeca Bastos
525 Norw Street
Boca Raton, Florida. 525-5686





Marina Freire Dias
14 years old, Single
(13) 3221-5608 / (13) 9197-3917


Educational Background

High School – Verde – (1999 – 2011)

Constructivism education, they believe that the right thing is learning, not decorating and it helped to me to understand everything.


Specialization Courses
CNA (Cultural Norte Americano) – English Course – Advanced Level



June, 05th 2011

Mr. Daniel Rudson
Public Relation Manager
Queens, NY 6351


Dear, Mr. Rudson

I knew about the vacancy in your company reading the newspaper and I became really interested ’cause that’s exactly what I was looking for!
I’m 47 years old and I’ve worked in public relations my whole life. I’ve graduated in public relations in USP, Brazil/SP and I speak English fluently. Besides that, I’m a communicative and pleasant person and I know I can help you!
I’m so excited with the possibility and if there are no problems for you, I’ll call you next week! If you rather another day or something like that, send me an e-mail. Thank you so much for all the attention!
Marina Freire Dias

156 W 48th St

New York, NY 10036-1522





Maithe Lozano
17 Years Old, Single
Rua da Paz nº105, Santos – SP 110455123
(13) 78151596


Educational Background

High School – Santa Cecília – 2011


Specialization Courses
CNA (Cultural Norte Americano) – English Course – Intermediary





Alexandre Eiji
26 years old, single, (13) 7809 2146


Educational Background

High School – Poliedro (2000 – 2002)


Academic Background
Bachelor degree in Science in Law
Unisantos (2005 – 2009)


Specialization Courses

CNA – Advanced English



May 30, 2011
Mr. Johnson Smith – Marketing Manager
The News,
Box No. 1686 C/o, Karachi

Dear Mr. Smith

From the post in the newspaper I saw you need the services of Marketing Executive, in your company. I am very interested in this position and I believe that I have all the qualities for this job.


I’m 26 years old, I graduated at USP in Business and I have already worked 3 years in Associação Paulista de Falcoaria, when I was a Marketing Manager, I usually did the divulgation the services of bird control works in many companies. I was trained in the Brazilian and I have enough experience and knowledge to add to this Company.
I am excited to know your position related to this and I will contact you within the next few days to answer any doubts and schedule an interview at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration.
Alexandre Eiji

171 Brown street

SP 2329–5435





Lucas Facincani Machado
17 years old,single


Education Background
Complete basic education
High school – 2009 up to date


Specialization Course
Advanced English Course at CNA
Basic Spanish course at Olga Curry



June,16th 2011
Mr. William Jackson
Interior design company’s manager


I have stumbled upon your announce on a news paper that your company is needing a interior designer and I think I have the experience and talent you need.


I have 35 years old, graduated in UPS College and have 5 years of experience and already designed interiors of buildings and shopping malls, can speak more than 1 language, graduated in English at CNA and basic Spanish, know how to lead and organize a group to work.


I am waiting your reply by email or phone.

Thanks by your time and attention
Lucas Facincani Machado
Santos, São Paulo





José Ponte Negrinho
16 Years Old, Single, 13 3231-6947


Education Background
Colégio Santa Cecilia


Specialization Course
Advanced English course at CNA


June, 06, 2011
Hewlett-Packard Company
Hewlett-Packard Company, 19483

Pruneridge Avenue, mail Stop 4206


Dear, Hewlett-Packard Company

I know about your Company reading on Websites and I became really interested to work in your company.
I’m 50 Years Old and i worked on other company of computer with software more advanced.
I’ve graduated in Computer Science in USP, Brazil/SP. I speak English Fluently.


I’m Excited with the possibility for work in your company. I am waiting for your answer of your company.
Thx for your time.


José Ponte Negrinho

New York, NY 11015-211





Gabriel de Lima Ferreira
17 Years Old, Single


Education Background
E. Politécnica Treinasse
High School 2009 – up to date


Specialization Course
Advanced English course at CNA


June 16th 2011

Mr. Kyle Hughes
INT’L Company


Dear Mr. Hughes:

I was reading the newspaper when I saw that your company is recruiting Civil Engineers, so I decided that I want this job, I’ve been coursing a great Civil Engineer’s university and I’m pretty sure I can fit in your company, I can learn easily and I’m good following orders, but I can be a leader when I need to.
I have basic computer knowledge. This job is fascinating and it’s a thing i really like to do, when someone do what the person likes, they make it way better than a person that just do it for the money.
I would appreciate to work in your company; I’ll be waiting for an answer.

Thanks for your time.


Gabriel Lima Ferreira
Toronto, ON 10121-222





Marcus Vinícius Alba Henriques
15 years old, Single
13 3222-8042 / 9127-8838
Dr. Nilo Costa 40, 11015-360


Education Background
Stella Maris (2002 – 2009)
COC – Santos (2009 – today)


Specialization Course
CNA (Cultural Norte Americano)
Advanced English


June 19th 2011

Mr. Scott Sacramento
Key Business Solution Inc.
4208 N Freeway Blvd Ste 120
Sacramento CA-95834


Dear Mr. Sacramento,

I have been looking for jobs with computer and I think your job is perfect to me. I have all the experience with computer that you want and I promise I won’t disappoint you.


I have 25 years old but I coursed i very good computer college and 2 years ago in the summer, I worked as Junior Programmer in my father’s company and last year I almost got a job in Microsoft as Junior Software Engineer but my experience got me into Senior Programmer, Software Engineer and DBAs in my father’s company until the start of the year. I made a course in Brazil for Portuguese, and a course at CNA for Spanish and English, there will be no problem to translate programs.


If you want, I can send to you the site of my father’s company to you see my job and I’m very excited with my chance to enter in your company.

Thanks for your time.


Marcus Vinícius
753, Doctor Book
Flgstaff, Arizona 15985-258





Bárbara Serrachioli de Almeida
15 Years Old, Single, 13 8896-0246
Conselheiro Nébias nº 220, Santos – SP 11045-032


Educational Background

High School – Objetivo – 2011

Specialization Courses

CNA – Advanced English

Complete Spanish


June 21, 2011

Mr. Garrett Johnson
Public Relation Position
Interior Design Company
84226 Howland Avenue
Dubai, AE


Dear Mr. Johnson

I read in the newspaper your announce asking for a Public Relation for your Interior Design Company. And I believe that you’ll like what i have to offer.


I’m 46 years old and worked all my life as a Public Relation, but of events, and this isn’t something permanent. Now, with children, I want a unstable work. I really like to work in a real firm.
I’m really hard work and everything I do, I want do more perfect that I can. I speak five languages and already lived at Europe, USA and Australia.
I think that my potential with your company will be perfect together! I’ll call you in a week if don’t have problems, ok?
Thank you for your attention.


Barbara Serrachioli
805 Dicle Street
Abu Dhabi, AE
(80) 4667-880




Karolina Dutra Sales
Torres Homem nº369, Santos – SP 11025-021
(13) 32731839


Educational Background

High School – Colégio Santa Cecília
2010 – up to the present day

Basic Education – Colégio Treze de Julho
1999 – 2009


Specialization Courses

English Course at CNA, Advanced.

Looking for experience.



June 22th, 2011
Manager Architecture
Dubai Company – frist floor


Dear Mr. Johnson

I have read your announce on the newspaper and I felt very excited about that. This is what I’m looking for, this is my dream job. Even it’s my first experience, I’m pretty sure that you won’t be disappointed. I’m graduated in Architecture at USP (São Paulo/Brazil) and I speak English and Spanish fluency. Dubai is an amazing place and I’m able to move there. Traveling is not a problem to me. I am always prepared to go anywhere.


Karolina Sales
São Paulo, Brazil – Av. Paulista, 504
+55 (13)3658-7712

Categories: 8. ADVANCED 2


Hello amazing and mega wonderful Advanced 1 students, here is your last assignment. As I’ve already explained you in class, you are supposed to pick up 10 movie posters (5 national + 2 contemporany + 3 old movie) and translate it  to Portuguese and English, as the models that follow below. Send the pics to my e-mail so I can repost it. See you next class at your presentation.









Categories: 7. ADVANCED 1


My wonderful Advanced 1 class, while studying the differences between American and British English, decided to promote the most typical English Tradition – the 5pm tea, which is also known as low tea, is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Bragança married Charles 2 in 1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal. Various places that belonged to the former British Empire also have such a meal. However, changes in social customs and working hours mean that most Britons will rarely take afternoon tea, if at all. Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponde). In hotels and tea shops the food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread, or toast, muffins or crumpets.



Categories: 7. ADVANCED 1


Hello mega interesting Advanced 2 students, here is your final assignment…  the last, but not the least… are you happy? I guess so! As I proposed you, in pairs, you’ll create the subtitles to a very short Pixar movie: The Little Match Girl, an animated short based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s tale about a poor young girl with a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food, and a place to call home. Your deadline is June 15th.



You’re going to use the Subtitle Workshop program… click in this link to download it:


The Little Match Girl
It was so terribly cold. Snow was falling, and it was almost dark. Evening came on, the last evening of the year. In the cold and gloom a poor little girl, bareheaded and barefoot, was walking through the streets. Of course when she had left her house she’d had slippers on, but what good had they been? They were very big slippers, way too big for her, for they belonged to her mother. The little girl had lost them running across the road, where two carriages had rattled by terribly fast. One slipper she’d not been able to find again, and a boy had run off with the other, saying he could use it very well as a cradle some day when he had children of his own. And so the little girl walked on her naked feet, which were quite red and blue with the cold. In an old apron she carried several packages of matches, and she held a box of them in her hand. No one had bought any from her all day long, and no one had given her a cent.
Shivering with cold and hunger, she crept along, a picture of misery, poor little girl! The snowflakes fell on her long fair hair, which hung in pretty curls over her neck. In all the windows lights were shining, and there was a wonderful smell of roast goose, for it was New Year’s eve. Yes, she thought of that!
In a corner formed by two houses, one of which projected farther out into the street than the other, she sat down and drew up her little feet under her. She was getting colder and colder, but did not dare to go home, for she had sold no matches, nor earned a single cent, and her father would surely beat her. Besides, it was cold at home, for they had nothing over them but a roof through which the wind whistled even though the biggest cracks had been stuffed with straw and rags.
Her hands were almost dead with cold. Oh, how much one little match might warm her! If she could only take one from the box and rub it against the wall and warm her hands. She drew one out. R-r-ratch! How it sputtered and burned! It made a warm, bright flame, like a little candle, as she held her hands over it; but it gave a strange light! It really seemed to the little girl as if she were sitting before a great iron stove with shining brass knobs and a brass cover. How wonderfully the fire burned! How comfortable it was! The youngster stretched out her feet to warm them too; then the little flame went out, the stove vanished, and she had only the remains of the burnt match in her hand.
She struck another match against the wall. It burned brightly, and when the light fell upon the wall it became transparent like a thin veil, and she could see through it into a room. On the table a snow-white cloth was spread, and on it stood a shining dinner service. The roast goose steamed gloriously, stuffed with apples and prunes. And what was still better, the goose jumped down from the dish and waddled along the floor with a knife and fork in its breast, right over to the little girl. Then the match went out, and she could see only the thick, cold wall. She lighted another match. Then she was sitting under the most beautiful Christmas tree. It was much larger and much more beautiful than the one she had seen last Christmas through the glass door at the rich merchant’s home. Thousands of candles burned on the green branches, and colored pictures like those in the printshops looked down at her. The little girl reached both her hands toward them. Then the match went out. But the Christmas lights mounted higher. She saw them now as bright stars in the sky. One of them fell down, forming a long line of fire.
“Now someone is dying,” thought the little girl, for her old grandmother, the only person who had loved her, and who was now dead, had told her that when a star fell down a soul went up to God.
She rubbed another match against the wall. It became bright again, and in the glow the old grandmother stood clear and shining, kind and lovely.
“Grandmother!” cried the child. “Oh, take me with you! I know you will disappear when the match is burned out. You will vanish like the warm stove, the wonderful roast goose and the beautiful big Christmas tree!”
And she quickly struck the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her grandmother with her. And the matches burned with such a glow that it became brighter than daylight. Grandmother had never been so grand and beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and both of them flew in brightness and joy above the earth, very, very high, and up there was neither cold, nor hunger, nor fear-they were with God.
But in the corner, leaning against the wall, sat the little girl with red cheeks and smiling mouth, frozen to death on the last evening of the old year. The New Year’s sun rose upon a little pathetic figure. The child sat there, stiff and cold, holding the matches, of which one bundle was almost burned.
“She wanted to warm herself,” the people said. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen, and how happily she had gone with her old grandmother into the bright New Year.
Categories: 8. ADVANCED 2