W: I like your shoes, Cameron! They look cool.
M: Thanks. They are a little small, but I couldn't resist buying them because they were 25% off! You know how much I love a good sale...
M: Do you want to go to the concert tonight?
W: Yes. But I have to be home by midnight, and I have to stay within my budget.
M: Are you going to hand in your book report today? It's Tuesday today, you know.
W: I have to prepare for the school debate tomorrow, so the teacher allowed me to hand it in the day after tomorrow.
M: Oh, good luck with the debate.
M: I'm trying to make a reservation for dinner, but the Internet isn't working!
W: Well, you don't have to make the reservation online. You could always call the restaurant.
M: I did, but the line was busy. I'll just stop by after work.
M: I was thinking about putting this painting in the dining room.
W: Why don't we hang it above the television in the living room? There's a hole in the wall there, and it looks awful.
M: Good idea. Now we just have to figure out how to arrange the sofas.
W: These pictures you've taken are fantastic. You really have an eye for details. I especially like the one you took of the bee.
M: Thank you. It wasn't easy to get near enough without it flying away.
W: True, but it takes a certain type of person to be able to appreciate the finer things in life. Most people focus on the background instead.
M: Taking pictures of nature is easy. You don't have to look too hard for it. I prefer to take pictures of the things that most people would overlook.
W: I can see that in the wide range of subjects you've chosen.
M: Great to see you back in our classroom. How was your vacation? Did you stay at home?
W: No, I went to New York with my mom. It was wonderful.
M: Oh, I love New York City! My sister lives there and works in an office.
W: Well, we didn't spend any time there. My mom and I were actually in the northern part of the State of New York. I was visiting my uncle. He lives on a farm.
M: Really? How far is it from New York City?
W: His place is about six hours away.
M: Did you take a train there?
W: No. I flew into Buffalo. We were hoping to take a bus from the airport to my uncle's place, but there weren't any buses that went to his place. He had to pick us up in his truck.
M: I see you're having trouble picking out the right book. Do you need any recommendations?
W: Sure. I'm looking for a book to take with me on vacation.
M: All right. I see you're holding a Stephen King's novel. His novels are quite dark and scary. Are you sure you want to read that?
W: I don't know. I used to read his earlier books. I haven't heard anything about any of his newer novels.
M: Hmm. Have you ever heard of an author named Wilbur Smith? He writes fiction novels that are based on historical times and events.
W: Okay, that sounds perfect for me. I'm also looking for something for my 13-year-old son. He has read all the Roald Dahl's books, so I think he might be interested in some fantasy novels.
M: Then I would recommend J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. They're great, even for adults.
W: Thank you so much for your help.
M: Hi, Professor Reed.
W: Good morning, Michael. Can I help you with something?
M: Yes. I'm planning to apply to graduate school. I would like to get my master's degree in nutrition. I need a letter of recommendation, and I would be very grateful if you would write one for me.
W: I see... When is the deadline for your application?
M: It is due on December 1st, ma'am.
W: All right. Thank you for asking one month in advance. However, before I can get started, I need a few things from you.
M: Of course, ma'am. Just tell me what you need.
W: I need a copy of all of your classes and grades, a list of all the activities you participate in, and a copy of one of the essays that you wrote while you were in my class.
M: No problem at all. I can bring all of those to your office this afternoon.
W: I won't be there this afternoon. Can you drop it off tomorrow morning?
M: Yes, ma'am. Of course.
W: All right. I can probably have it back to you within a week.
M: Thank you so much!
Emily Dickinson is one of the most important and well-known American writers and yet a lot of her life is a mystery. Emily was a very gifted poet from the 19th century. She wrote almost 1,800 poems! Her poems are very unique. She used short lines and randomly spelled words, a lot of dashes, and usually, no titles.Another interesting fact about her work is that almost all of the poems she wrote were published after she died. No one even knew how many poems she had written, until her sister found all the poems in her room after Emily was gone. Emily was very close to her family, and she liked to stay inside. She did go to school for a few years, but by the end of her life, she wouldn't even leave her room. She kept in touch with friends only by writing letters to them. She never got married, and she lived in her family's home throughout her entire life. And yet, she created some of the most original and creative poetry in America for her time period — and it is still considered to be some of the best poetry ever written in English. Emily Dickinson remains an interesting and mysterious figure in American literature, and her poems are the only windows we have into her personality.