The Coustry Schoollhouse The country schooihouse was three miles from my uncle's farm. It stooda clearingthe woods and would hold about twenty-five boys and girls. We attended the school° with more or less regularity once or twice a weeksummer. We walkeditthe coolthe morning by the forest paths, and
backthe dusk at the endthe day. All the pupils brought their dinnersbaskets-corn dodger, buttermilk, and other good things. We satthe shadethe trees at noon and ate them. Itthe partmy education whichlook back upon with the most satisfaction. My first visitthe school was
whenwas seven. A strapping girlfifteen,the customary sunbonnet and calico dress, asked me if"used tobacco" -meaning didchew it.said no. It roused her scorn. She reported meall the crowd , and said : "Herea boy seven years old who can't chew tobacco. "
learnedsmoke fairly well , but that did not win over anybody.remained a poor thing, and characterless.longedbe respected, butnever was ablerise. Children have but little charity for one another's defect.
On a Camping Holiday Jimmy Booth and Donald Black area camping holiday. They have brought only a little food with them. Jimmyhungry and helooking at some ricea tin. Thereonly a little ricethe tin. JIMMY: There isn't much rice,there? DoNALD: No, there isn't, but there are some vegetables. JIMMY: Are there any potatoes? DONALD: No, there aren't. I'm sorry. JIMMY: I'm very hungry, Donald. What caneat? DONALD: There's a little bread and there are a few biscuits. JIMMY: Butwant some rice and some meat. DONALD: All right, I'IL walkthe village and I'll get some meat. JiMMY: Good. By the way, who's goingcook the meat? DoNALD: You'll cook itcourse!
7. Read the foilowing dialogue once. Underline the key words while reading and retellyour partner the dialogueyour own words. Peter: Hello, Jim. What was the film like? Jim: Awful. It was a complete wastetime. Peter: Why? What wasabout? Jim: It was about a married couple. They hadlive with the wife's mother, because they didn't have enough moneybuy a housetheir own. Peter: A lotyoung people havedo that. Jim: Yes. but the husband hadwork overtime three times a week, so he was always tired. Peter: lt sounds like the storymy life. jim: Yes,does, doesn't it? But this man was always over-tired, and he couldn't sleep. So he usedtake two sleeping pitla every night. Peter: take sleeping pills sometimes. Jim: Yes, but not two every night. Anyway, the strain was too much for him. He had a nervous breakdown and hadgohoapital. Peter: It sounds a very depressing film. Jim: Not really. His wife was ablefind a good job as an interpreter, because she rnuld speak French and German fluently. After a few months' work, she had a better job than y weher huaband. Sothe end, there ablebuy a house, and he didts't have work any more. Stupid, wasn't it? Peter: don't know. My wife usedspeak French.must tell herbrushup.