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Exercises En Mtl

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  • 1.  
  • 2.  
  • 3.  
  • 4. Mark was born 32 years ago, at Ste-Justine Hospital. .
  • 5. As a boy he was docile, timid.
  • 6. His parents separated when he was three .
  • 7. From that time his only memories are a dog barking,
  • 8. and a bed coming out a window during the move .
  • 9. One day he told his mother “I want a turtle”, and they got him a hamster .
  • 10. He drowned it by accident in the bath.
  • 11. He lived for a while with his grandparents.
  • 12. He went to a public primary school and always got good marks.
  • 13. At the same time his mother sent him to painting and drawing classes where he showed a natural talent.
  • 14. At that time he drew a picture which he called “Morning”.
  • 15. It showed everyone he knew at the moment they woke up.
  • 16. He lived for half the week with his mother and the other half with his father.
  • 17. He spent his holidays camping in Maine or with his grandparents in Florida .
  • 18. When he was 11 he was selected in a competition for young artists
  • 19. and spent three months in workshops with established painters.
  • 20. He went to a private secondary school, he rebelled as a teenager,
  • 21. always wore black and edited an anarchist magazine .
  • 22. He had a girlfriend to whom he once told : “There’s nothing much to hope for in life”,
  • 23. although deep down he thought the opposite.
  • 24.  
  • 25. He left school before finishing.
  • 26. He continued painting and little by little he got interested in installations and other forms of visual art.
  • 27. He moved in with a girl who worked in a bookshop.
  • 28. They didn’t get on well but didn’t separate.
  • 29. He got work giving private painting classes in a cultural centre.
  • 30. He broke up with the girl he was living with.
  • 31. At 25 he got a scholarship to go to Italy
  • 32. so for a few months he toured Europe, meeting people and seeing exhibitions.
  • 33. When he got back he felt different, like a better person.
  • 34. He got a tattoo on his right arm which said “No Fear”.
  • 35. He went out with various girls and put on exhibitions of his works.
  • 36. He began to work as an art director for various publications and from this he started to earn some money.
  • 37. He lived in a comfortable apartment in Mile End with a dog called “Ketchup”.
  • 38.  
  • 39. And then one morning his life changed completely.
  • 40.  
  • 41. After work one day a group of masked men cornered him in the street and kidnapped him.
  • 42. They locked him up in a dark cellar and for a month they beat him and raped him.
  • 43. Try as he might, Mark could do nothing to stop them .
  • 44. He thought they had him confused with someone else
  • 45. but there was no way of reasoning with the kidnappers.
  • 46. They only fed him so that they could continue beating and raping him.
  • 47.  
  • 48. And so the weeks went by.
  • 49.  
  • 50. Eventually they let him out, brought him to a place he didn’t know
  • 51. and showed him, from a distance, a very pretty girl .
  • 52. They said “Her name is Monica”.
  • 53. They said “You are going to marry her”.
  • 54. They introduced the pair and made them chat.
  • 55.  
  • 56. A week later they were married in the registry office of the Palais de Justice.
  • 57. Then the masked guys told him: “This will be your home”,
  • 58. and they left him living with the girl in an apartment.
  • 59. The one they’re in now.
  • 60.  
  • 61. Every time he tries to leave the apartment, or the job they got him at a gym,
  • 62. the masked guys take him back to the basement and beat him savagely and rape him.
  • 63. The girl they’ve made him live with, Monica, is a very sweet girl,
  • 64. she likes Chekhov and listens to Mahler.
  • 65. She tells him she’s with him because she loves him
  • 66. and appears to have nothing to do with the kidnappers.
  • 67. One day he tells her “There are several masked men who beat the shit out of me”
  • 68. and she looks at him like she doesn’t understand and then kisses him tenderly.
  • 69.  
  • 70. Mark tries to communicate with his family and his friends,
  • 71. but every time he tries they punish him again.
  • 72. He abandons the idea of calling the police.
  • 73.  
  • 74. So he has no alternative but to adapt to his new life, his house, his wife…
  • 75. He only ever leaves here to go to work and then come home, while a car follows at a distance.
  • 76. At the gym, as well as working, they make him train.
  • 77. From the first day, they gave him a program of hardcore exercises that he had to complete.
  • 78. If he didn’t, he’d be punished again.
  • 79. He thought of killing himself, but at the end of the day his life isn’t so bad…
  • 80. although it’s not the one he’d have chosen.
  • 81.  
  • 82. He tried to find explanations for what’s happening, for why they’re doing this,
  • 83. but deep down he feels there is no explanation. It’s happening because it’s happening.
  • 84.  
  • 85. Little by little his former life, his painting, his classes, his family,
  • 86. it all seems like a dream, something that never happened.
  • 87. The tattoo which he still has on his arm is the only thing he’s kept from his past.
  • 88.  
  • 89. He’s been here for two years already .
  • 90.  
  • 91. Yesterday Monica suggested that they have a child, and he’s thinking of agreeing.
  • 92.  
  • 93. Sometimes he’ll see on tv a show about painting,
  • 94. or something that reminds him of his former life, and he’ll feel like a stranger.
  • 95. Other than that, everything is normal.
  • 96.  
  • 97. Whenever he has any doubts, he repeats to himself “Everything is normal, everything’s sufficiently normal”.
  • 98.  
  • 99. In the morning, the sunlight in the apartment is gorgeous.
  • 100.