A Beautiful Dress
One day Mrs Jones went shopping. When her husband came home in the
evening, she began to tell him about a beautiful cotton dress. "I saw
it in a shop this morning," she said, "and..."
"And you want to buy it," said her husband.
"How much does it cost? "
"Forty pounds. "
"Forty pounds for a cotton dress? That is too
But every evening, when Mr Jones came back from work,
his wife continued to speak only abou't the dress, and at last, after a
week, he said, "Oh, buy the dress! Here is the money!" She was
But the next evening, when Mr Jones came home and
asked, "Have you got the famous dress?" she said, "No.
"Why not?" he said.
"Well, it was still in the window of the shop
after a week, so I thought, nobody else wants this dress, so I don't want
it either. "
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Jane Foster has just met Henry Taylor.Jane is on her way to the
hospital to see her friend, Susan Green.
||Where are you going,
||I'm going to the
hospital to see Susan Green.
||I saw her yesterday. She
was a little better.
||Must I catch a number 7
bus to get there?
||No , you needn't. A
number 13 bus will also take you to the hospital.
||Number 13 buses run much
more frequently, don't they?
||Yes. I caught a number 7
bus yesterday, and I had to wait for half an hour at
||the bus stop.
||Thank you, Henry. I'll
get a number .
||But number 13 buses
leave from the centre of town. You'll have to walk two miles to
Questions on Text B
7. Read the following passage once. Underline the key words while reading
and retell the story to your partner.
Mrs Jones was still cleaning the house when
her husband came back from work. She was wearing dirty, old clothes and no
stockings, her hair was not tidy, she had dust on her face, and she looked
dirty and tired. Her husband looked at her and said, "Is this what I
come home to see after a hard day's work?"
Mrs Jones's neighbour, Mrs Smit.h, was there. When she
heard Mr Jones's words , she quickly said. goodbye and ran back to her
house. Then she washed, brushed and combed her hair carefully, put on her
best dress and her prettiest stockings, painted her face, and waited for
her husband to come home.
When he arrived, he was hot and tired. He walked slowly
into the house, saw his wife and stopped. Then he shouted angrily,
"And where are you going this evening?"