A revelation

Read the text and complete the passage with ONE word for each blank.

One day something happened which gave me the sensation that the English language was not entirely meaningless. From a psychological point of 1………………. the incident is rather curious. Several times 2………………. week my mother read the Bible to us, and she read it in the King James’ version. I remember that she 3………………. sit by a window, book in hand, and my sisters sat around her. I, 4………………. very small and not knowing English, was allowed to do as I wished, but I was 5………………. fond of my mother that I always sat on the floor at her feet whenever she read to my sisters. On a certain afternoon as she was reading aloud, I amused 6………………. by exploring the cracks in the floor with a pin. It is extraordinary 7………………. one could find in those cracks before the days of vacuum cleaners: pins, tiny glass beads which came from goodness knows 8………………., very hard crumbs of bread and, occasionally, a dead insect. 9………………. of which was intensely interesting to a child of five.

All of a 10………………. I received something like a shock: I had understood; my mother had read a 11………………. words which I understood, they made sense. I got up in great excitement and was made to sit down again. 12………………. more I got up and tugged at my mother’s sleeve, but she pushed me gently aside and read on. 13………………. this day I can remember how utterly bewildered I felt because I couldn’t 14………………. the cause of my excitement.

In later years I made great efforts to recall the first English words I was ever conscious of understanding, but I 15………………. succeeded.