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1) When I was a child, someone gave me a microscope. I spent hours looking through that microscope, exploring Nature’s tiny secrets. As I grew up, 1 became more interested in my microscope than in people.

2) When I was twenty years old, my parents sent me to New York City to study medicine. I never went to any of my classes. Instead, I spent all my time, and a lot of my money, trying to build the perfect microscope.

3) I wanted to make a powerfublens that would let me see even the smallest parts of life. But all my experiments failed.

4) Then, one day, 1 met a young man, who lived in the apartment above mine. Jules Simon told me about a woman who could speak to the dead.

5) When 1 visited Madame Vulpes, she let me speak to the spirit of the man who invented the microscope. The spirit of Anton Leeuwenhoek told me how to make a perfect lens from a diamond of one hundred forty carats. But where could I find a diamond that big?

6) When I returned home, 1 went to Simon’s apartment. He was surprised to see me and tried to hide a small object in his pocket.

7) 1 wanted to discover what it was, so I brought two bottles of wine to his apartment. We began to drink. By the time we had finished the first bottle, Simon was very drunk.

8 ) «Simon, I know you have a secret. Why don’t you tell me about it?» I Something in my voice must have made him feel safe. He made me promise to keep his secret.

9) Then he took a small box from his pocket. When he opened it, I saw a large diamond, shaped like a rose. A pure white light seemed to come from deep inside the diamond.

10) Simon told me he had stolen the diamond from a man in South America. He said it weighed exactly one hundred forty carats.

#1.(…) What was the boy doing his research on in his boyhood?

#2. (…) Were his scientific achievements great while experimenting?

#3. (…) What was the origin of Simon’s diamond?

#4. (…) Why did Simon tell his neighbour his greatest secret?

#5. (..)How was the young man prompted the way to make an excellent lens?

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