Questions on Text B
7. Read the following passage once. Underline the key words while reading
and retell the story to your partner.
A Break in the Routine
Jonathan Rivers lived alone in a neat, two-storey,
in Compton Street. Like many bachelors approaching middle age, be was
getting rather set in his ways. He caught the same train to London every
morning, ate his lunch in the same crowded restaurant near the office
where he worked and always came home on the 6. 00 train. People were so
used to seeing Jonathan set off at a quarter past eight, dressed in a.
sjmple dark suit. wearing a black bowler hat and carrying a rolled
umbrella on his arm, that they said you didn't need to wear a watch if you
lived in Compton Street.
Ever since Jonathan had set up house in Compton Street,
he had looked after it very carefully. He worked hard in the garden every
Sunday and set out to impress the neighbours with his flower beds and
lawn. Before he left the house in the mornings, he carefully closed all
the doors downstairs, opened some windows to let the air in and locked the
front door. Everything Jonathan did was tidy and systematic.
One summer evening Jonathan returned home as usual at
five minutes to seven precisely.When he opened the front gate he
immediately noticed something strange. There was a heavy footprint in the
earth in one of the ftower beds. Jonathan was just going to blame the
milkman or the postman when he noticed that one of the white lace curtains
in the front room downstairs was out of place. Jonathan never left
anything out of place.
He walked up to the front door and opened it quietly.
He listened carefully for a few moments but could hear nothing. The
front-room door was halt-open. Jonathan studied it thoughtfully, wondering
if he had forgotten to close it that morning. He had never forgotten
before. He stepped silently across the hall to the door and looked inside
the room. The shadow of a man was clearly reflected on the far wall in the
evening sunlight. He had obvioasly been standing behind the door since
Jonathan's return. ]onathan grabbed the door-handle, sla;nmed' the door
and turned the key. Then he calmly picked up the telephone in the hall and
set about calling the police.
The burglar, a tall, thick-set, bearded fellow, tried
to climb through a window to get out but )onathan had expected'that. He
set about him with his umbrella, using it like a swoid. Three minutes
later the police arrived on the scene. Jonathan was a little annoyed that
he had to have dinner laterthan usual but on the whole he felt quite
pleased with himself.