Адаптация текста, упражнения, комментарии и словарь С. Г. Тамбовцевой
Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, Principal of the Theological College of St. George’s, was addicted to opium. He developed a habit, as I understand, when he was at college. He found, as so many people before him, that it is easier to start than to stop smoking it, and for many years he continued to be a slave to the drug, and his friends and relatives felt horror and pity for him at the same time. I can see him now, with yellow, pale face, the wreck and ruin of a noble man.
One night my door bell rang, about the hour when a man yawns and glances at the clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work  down and made a disappointed face.
“A patient!” said she. “You’ll have to go out.”
I sighed, because I’ve just come back from a hard day.