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          Musical Half-Notes

              Text A
    A musician who played Pop Musica CLub livedboardinghousethe centrelondon. He always usedget backhis room very late at nightsometimes inthe carly hours of
the morning. He was so tired when he got back that he would si tonedgehis bed ,take offshoesthrow themthe floorsay. 'Thank goodness. another dayover.' He would thcn get into hcdfall fast aslecp.

    But thepoor lodger who hadroom undermusician's was wokcn up cach night, or carly?inmorning. bytwo thuds thattwo shoes made as thcy landcd Onceiling.Finally, he could not standany morewentcomplainedthc musician.


    Naturallymusician was very upsetpromiscd that,future, aftcr taking offshoes, he would put them down as quictly as possiblethe carpct.
The ncxt day, he got back fromclub at about one o'clockthe morning. went uphis room, satthe edgehis bed, took off one shoethrew itthe floor.

He was just aboutdosame withother when suddenly remcmberedpromise he had madeday before. So with grcat care he putsecond shoe down silentlythe carpet. Then he got into bedfell fast aslecp. An hour later, he was woken up byviolent knockinghis door. It was thc lodger who sleptthe room just under his.
    'Plcase, plcase, please,'Iodger plcaded, 'dropother shoe.have been waiting forwhole houryoudrop it. As soon as you docan gosleep. '


            Text B

    Of allmen who ever liked fresh air, not one likedmore than James Wilson. He took long walksthe fresh air. He ran long distancesthe fresh air. He played footballother gamesthe fresh air. He likedclimb mountainsbreathefresh air attop. He usedgosit byseawatchgreat wavesthe fresh air. He always slept withwindows wide open. He had an open car with no roof,he drovemadly throughfresh air.


    If Wilson enteredroom wherewindows were shut, he immediately opened them. He did this even when snow was falling outside. If someone else shutwindows again, he walked outthe rooma manner which showedopinions without any doubt. When he travelled by sea, he could usually be founda placeboard wherewild wind was blowing throughhair.


    One winter Wilson wentFinlandbusiness. Good hotelsFinland are heated duringcold winter,this winter was even colder than usual. When Wilson reachedroomthe hotel. he found thatwindows were closedkeepicy air out. He didbestopen one , but failed. It was absolutely impossibleopen:manager had very wisely arranged that.


    Wilson undressedgot into bed. He wasvery angry man.
    The bedroom was very pleasant. Two or three picturesthe walls showed viewssome beautiful partsFinland. There was no noise at all. The bed was really excellent; but Wilson could not sleep. He could not forgetclosed window. No fresh air! It was terriblethink of!


    He got outbedtried once moreopenwindow; butwas useless,he sadly got back into bed.
At about one o'clockthe morning he was still awake, worrying aboutairthe bedroom. He had turned overbed two hundredthirty-six times. He was very hot. As he turned overthe two hundredthirty-seventh time, one arm came outthe bedclotheshung down besidebed. His hand touchedfloor. It also touched somethingthe floor. This thing wasshoe.


    An idea came intoworried mind. Angry men act quickly,
andshoe washis handless thansecond. Where waswindow? He could see something that looked like glass over there. He threwshoe throughdarkness with allforcehis strong right arm.


    The shoe flew straight throughairhitglassthe middle. A terrible soundbreaking glass filledbedroom,
butWilson's sad heartseemed likesoundsweetbeautiful music.
    "Nowhave some fresh airthe room," he thought. "NOWneed not die. "
    Five minutes later he was peacefully asleep. He did not movemany hours.


    When daylight came gently throughwindow, he awokelay witheyes closed. Where was he? Oh, yes! He wasFioland; but whatmatter? Was auytlting wrong'? There was somethingworry about What was it? Oh.broken windmv! Yes, indeed. He would havepas?for that.How much.? Wasa big pieceglass? He could not remember. He Openedeyeslook.


    Slowly he tnrned them towardswindow.then he sat up suddenlybed. He was very surprised:window was not broken at all. The glass was allone piece. just as good ashad beenmight before. No fresh air was etiteringroom through that window.
    What,then,had happened when he threwshoe?
    He turnedeyesthe sidesawbroken picture hangingthe wall.There wasshoethe floor below it. He could seelotbroken glass roundshoe .there was more inside it.

         Additional Information

    Herewhat happenedAdrian Foxthe train one day:
    Adrian Fox livesDevonhetravelling home from London by train. He decideshavecuptea.goesthe train buffet. While hedrinkingt.ea, an attractive girl comessits atsame table. They begin talkingthe girl tells Adrian shegoingDevonholiday. They are soon very friendly. Adrian finds out thatgirl hasn't yet foundhotelstay in. Adrian's mother hasspare roomher house,Aclrian invitesgirlstay there. He knowsmother won't mind. The girl accepts.


    A few minutes laterman comessits besidegirl. who introduces
hintAdrian. Heher husband. Adrian didn't knowgiri was married,hea little angry. His mother won't likehave two people stayingher house. Then three children arrive. Twothem are carrying cats.one hassmall dog. They aregirl'a children. They are all very happy,girl says,be stayingAdrian's mother's house. Eut Adrian isn't so happy. When he reachesstation he phonesmother. . .

 


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