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The Third Level by Jack Finney

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Background information and vocabulary for "The Third Level" by Jack Finney (for ESL students) Prepared by Minerva González

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The Third Level by Jack Finney

  1. 1. The Third Level by Jack Finney Discussion of background information and vocaubulary
  2. 2. Setting of the story: Grand Central Station in New York • Grand Central Station officially opened on February 2, 1913. So it celebrated its 100th birthday this year!!
  3. 3. • In 1908, the excavation of Grand Central Station began in New York City.
  4. 4. • This is a view of the balcony in Grand Central Station taken between 1913 and 1930. This is where the Apple Store is located today.
  5. 5. • This is a view of one of the many arched corridors in Grand Central Station taken in 1912. • The main character, Charley, walked down one of these corridors on his way to the “third level”.
  6. 6. • Another arched corridor. • The man in the black clothes is wearing a derby hat.
  7. 7. • In the background to the left, you see more corridors and arches. • On the right, you see the old ticket station. • An interesting feature of this picture is the ghostly feel of the people. It was taken in 1912.
  8. 8. • The picture was taken in 1919, and it is an outside view of the terminal from Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street. This is where Charlely entered the station in the story.
  9. 9. The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train that ran between Grand Central Terminal and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago. It was operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1902 until 1967.
  10. 10. • Metro North commuter arrive at New York’s Grand Central Terminal on January 11, 1996.
  11. 11. • The clock above the Grand Central Terminal Information Booth still ticks off the time 100 years after it was built. The world’s largest terminal covers 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Over 700,000 people pass through the terminal everyday and it operates over 700 trains per day.
  12. 12. • Members of the National Guard watch commuters as they walk through the main concourse on January 25, 2013.
  13. 13. • The images on the ceiling of the main concourse depict the constellations and are made of gold leaf.
  14. 14. • This photo shows construction of a new line that will open connecting the Long Island Rail Road with a new concourse underneath Grand Central Terminal.
  15. 15. Vocabulary for “The Third Level” psychiatrist (noun) medical doctor specializing in illnesses of the mind. People will visit a psychiatrist to get help with their emotional problems.
  16. 16. • Arched – (adjective) curved • There are many arched doorways or passages in the old churches of Europe.
  17. 17. • Spittoons (noun) jarlike container into which people would spit. • There were spittoons in Grand Central but they do not exist today.
  18. 18. • Derby hat (noun) old fashioned hat used by men in the past. • Derby hats were considered very fashionable in the beginning of the 20th century.
  19. 19. leg of mutton sleeves (noun) -sleeves that puff out toward the shoulder . A leg of mutton sleeve needs a lot fabric to make.
  20. 20. • Currency (noun) – money. • Today’s currency is different from what was used in the past.
  21. 21. • Preminum (noun)- an additional charge or cost. • Some customers are reluctant to pay a premium for organic fruit.
  22. 22. Jack Finney in his older years.
  23. 23. Famous books written by Jack Finney
  24. 24. Galesburg, Illinois

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