Mr. Yates was nearly ninety, so it was often difficult for him to remember things,
but he still liked travelling very much, so he and his wife went to Spain every
year. One summer when they were there, they went to visit some friends. These
people had two young daughters.
One afternoon Mr. Yates was talking to one of the girls in the garden after
lunch. ‘You and your sister were ill when my wife and I were here last year,
weren’t you?’ he said to her.
‘Yes, we were,’ answered the girl. ‘We were very ill.’
The old man said nothing for a minute, because he was thinking. Then at last
he said, ‘Oh, yes, I remember now! One of you died. Which one of you was it,
you or your sister?’
The girl answered, ‘It was me.’
‘Oh? I’m very sorry to hear it,’ said the old man.
A. Answer these questions.
- Why did Mr. Yates not remember things very well?
Because mr. Yates was nearly ninety.
- Where did his friends live?
His friends lived in Spain.
- Who were ill when Mr. and Mrs. Yates visited Spain another time?
One girl and her sister who was in the garden.
- Who really died then?
The ill girl.
- Was the girl having a joke with Mr. Yates?
- Yes she did.
B. Which words in the story on page 40 mean:
- 1. almost
- 2. not forget
- 3. sad
- 4. hard
- 5. stopped living
C. Write this story. Put one word in each empty place. You will find all
the correct words in the story on page 40.
Mr. and Mrs. Yates lived together for 52 years, and then she became very
ill. After a month she died, and Mr. Yates was alone. It was hard for him to
live in a big house without anybody else, so he married again. His new wife
was much younger than he was, and she liked travel to foreign countries, so
they began to go to Africa every year, in the winter. Mrs. Yates had a younger
sister, and she usually went with them too. Everybody thought, ‘Those girls
are that old man’s daughter.’
One day in Kenya a man said to him, ‘Do you remember me? I was your
neighbour in Southampton.’
Mr. Yates did not answer for a few seconds, because he was forget Then
he said, ‘Oh, yes! That’s right! I married your daughter, didn’t I?’
difficult — դժվար
thing — ինչ-որ բան
wife — տիկին
ill — հիվանդ