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004 Marcel and the White Star




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.”

he jumps.



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

happens now?”

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




Marcel is happy, too. Back on his boat he reads the

says one.

newspaper stories. Then he looks in the mirror. There

says another.

is a thin, red line on his neck. “What a night!” he says.


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?”



Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2JE, England and Associated Companies throughout the world. ISBN-10: 0-582-40290-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-582-40290-4 First published 1990 This edition first published 1998 Ninth impression 2005 © Longman Group Limited 1990 Set in 12/20pt Life Roman Printed in China SWTC/09

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