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Marcel is a French mouse who is a very fine secret detective. Thieves steal the famous W h i t e Star diamond ring which belongs to the opera singer, Zaza Dupont. But Marcel is determined to return it to her. Penguin Readers are simplified texts designed in association w i t h Longman, the w o r l d famous educational publisher, to provide a step-by-step approach to the joys of reading for pleasure. Each book has an introduction and extensive activity material. They are published at seven levels from Easystarts (200 words) to Advanced (3000 words). Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter
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Marcel is a French mouse. He lives on a beautiful old boat in Paris. (His home is under the kitchen floor.) He likes books, restaurants and old films. He likes the opera, too. One evening in June, Marcel finishes a detective story. Then he goes to have dinner with some friends. They live in the metro station at the Louvre.
After dinner, Marcel waits at the,station. He sees two
Marcel’s mouth opens. “What?! Are the men going to
men standing next to him. The tall one is reading a
steal Zaza Dupont’s diamond?”
magazine, “Look,” he says, “here she is: ‘Opera star
He remembers an evening at the opera two weeks
Miss Zaza Dupont with her beautiful one million
before. Zaza’s green dress. The music. The beautiful
pound diamond ring — the White Star.’”
White Star on her finger. No! They can’t steal it!
“‘Her’ beautiful diamond ring?” The short man looks
The train comes and the men get on. Marcel pulls
at the photo and laughs. “Not after tonight,” he says.
down his hat and follows them.
Half an hour later he gets off again at La Mouette
At that moment Marcel hears a motor start. “Where’s
station. But there are hundreds of people, and Marcel
that coming from?” he thinks. Then he sees something
loses the two men. Then he sees an old mouse. “Excuse
at the end of the road. It's them! It's the thieves and
me,” he says. “Do you know where Zaza Dupont
they’re stealing a car! He runs across Zaza’s garden
lives?” But when Marcel finds Zaza’s house, it is too
and down the street. He can see the car’s number-
late. “Yes — two men,” she is telling the police on the
plate. It’s near. Very near. “Can I …?” he thinks, and
telephone. “And they've got the White Star.”
Yes!! Marcel sits on the number-plate. “Good,” he
It is late and the cafe is quiet. In one corner there is a
thinks. Then, after a second or two… “But what
woman. The thieves sit at her table. Marcel sits under
the table and listens. “Have you got it?” the woman
The thieves drive across Paris very fast. Marcel can
asks. The tall man takes a box from his jacket. Then he
hear them in the car. They are laughing and talking.
opens it. “Look,” he says. “Ahhh!” The woman puts a
But Marcel is not laughing. He is very, very angry.
hand to her mouth. “What a beautiful diamond!” “This
After half an hour the car stops next to a cafe.
is it,” thinks Marcel. “This is the moment.”
He bites the tall man’s leg very hard. “Aiiieee!” The tall
The thieves jump up and follow him. Suddenly there
man throws up his arms. The box and the White Star
are tables and chairs everywhere. “What’s happening?”
fly across the room. “What’s that on the floor?” one
an old man asks. “I don’t know,” his wife answers.
waiter asks. “I don’t know,” says another. “Is it ... ? No,
“Who can understand young people these days?”
it can’t be a diam…” But before he can finish, Marcel
“Stop that mouse!” says the tall man. “Shut the door!”
runs across the room. He puts the White Star around
says the short one. But they are too late. Marcel runs
his neck. Then he runs to the door.
out of the cafe and does not look back.
After ten minutes he stops. There is nobody following
There is a table next to the window. On it Marcel can
him, but… where is he? Marcel looks right and left.
see lots of photographs, boxes and perfume bottles. He
Then he sees a big, white church. “Ah! — the Sacré
runs across the floor and up one leg of the table.
Coeur,” he thinks. “Now I know where I am.”
“Now…” he thinks, “…it's time to take off the White
It is late and there are no metro trains, but Marcel is
Star. In the morning Zaza is going to be very…”
not tired. He walks back to Zaza’s house. When he
Then Marcel stops. Oh, no! He cannot take the ring
gets there, she is asleep in bed.
off. He pulls and pulls, but nothing happens.
“Now what?”" he thinks. Then… “Of course! Some
In the morning Zaza finds the White Star. It is on her
soap!” He runs down the table leg and across the floor.
bedroom table between two perfume bottles. “But… I
Zaza’s bathroom door is open. Marcel goes in and
don’t understand,” she says. “Thieves don’t bring
looks up. A soap-dish is above his head.
things back. How…?” She looks at the ring. Then she
Ten seconds later he is sitting in it. He puts some soap
looks at her face in the mirror. Then she looks at the
on his neck. Then he closes his eyes and pulls again.
ring again. “And why is there soap on it?” She
Yes! This time the diamond ring comes off!
telephones the police.
Next day, Zaza’s story is in all the newspapers. ‘OPERA STAR’S
RING IS SAFE’
‘THIEVES BRING BACK DUPONT DIAMOND’
Marcel is happy, too. Back on his boat he reads the
newspaper stories. Then he looks in the mirror. There
is a thin, red line on his neck. “What a night!” he says.
‘NOW POLICE ASK, “WHY?”’
After that, he washes, has breakfast and opens the
And there are lots of photos of Zaza with the White
window. It is a beautiful, warm morning. Marcel looks
Star. At home. At the opera house. Standing in front of
up at the blue sky and smiles. “Now…” he thinks,
the Eiffel Tower. She looks very happy in all of them.
“what’s going to happen today?”
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