W: Dad, I want to learn how to drive this summer vacation.
M: That's a good idea! You'd better hurry up before the classes are full. Many people are learning how to drive now.
W: OK, I will.
M: I'm leaving now. What would you like me to bring you?
W: Please get me some apples. Oh, I almost forgot! Buy me a notebook.
M: Mary, you are American, right? Can you teach me the rules of American football?
W: I'm sorry, David. I don't know much about them. But I can ask my brother Frank to help you.
M: It's very kind of you.
M: Did you receive my application?
W: I did, but I have not had a chance to look it over yet.
M: Not yet? It's been over a week and I was hoping to get an answer today.
W: I'm writing a story for the high school newspaper. It is an article on people's feelings about graduation.
M: I'm so excited about it. How about you?
W: Me? In fact, I feel a little scared.
W: What shall we get for Daddy? You see, today is December 23, it is Daddy's birthday the day after tomorrow.
M: We can give him some money and he can buy whatever he likes.
W: He is not short of money.
M: Then we can buy him an air conditioner, for it is so hot these days.
W: But he doesn't like that.
M: Let's take him to America for a trip.
W: No. He doesn't like traveling.
M: Really? Then we can buy him some flowers.
W: Good idea!
W: Mr. Green, may I ask for leave?
M: What happened, Judy?
W: My son is seriously ill, and no one can take care of him at home.
M: I'm sorry to hear that. And you know we're quite busy at the moment.
W: I know that, but you can find a replacement for me.
M: I'll consider that. When can you be back?
W: Perhaps Thursday, two days off. His father should come back from England by then.
M: And can't you find a babysitter?
W: I've tried. But in such an urgent case, it's not so easy to find a babysitter.
M: I see. I will arrange for Joe to take over your job. You must hand your job over to him properly.
W: You're so considerate, Mr. Green.
M: Wish your son well sooner.
W: Oh, my goodness, what's the matter with you?
M: I had an accident last week.
W: Were you injured seriously?
M: A bit serious. I had my left leg broken.
W: Can you tell me in detail?
M: Last week, I was riding my bike along the way in the evening. At the second turn of Green Street, a car was out of control and I got hit by it. The driver and other people sent me to hospital and I received an operation.
W: How poor! No wonder the manager said you would be in absence for five months.
M: Could you do me a favor?
M: Could you send an e-mail to Mr. Brown and tell him what happened to me? I had been discussing with him about our products.
W: No problem! Hope you recover soon.
W: Police station. Can I help you?
M: Yes. I'm calling to tell you I found a car. I thought it might be a stolen car.
W: I see. Where exactly did you find it?
M: Near the No.8 Bridge along the London Road.
W: Can I know your name and address, please?
M: Henry Roberts. I live at 51 Eaton Road.
W: What do you do, Mr. Roberts?
M: I'm an engineer.
W: Do you still remember the number of the car?
M: Yes. The number is BWE4578.
W: Anything else?
M: It's yellow and nearly new.
W: When did you find the car?
M: On Wednesday.
W: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Roberts. We'll investigate it.
M: One early morning about a couple of years ago, a long-time friend of mine, Tom Lee, was walking through Central Park on his way to work. On a path behind the Great Museum, he noticed a large newspaper sheet lying ahead. When he picked it up, he discovered a brown leather purse underneath, rather flat, which suggested nothing was in it. He opened it up just to check and spotted a flash of green, the color of US dollars.
He looked in the purse and discovered a couple of dollar bills and behind the dollars a twenty-dollar bill. Then behind the twenty there were more than ten hundred-dollar bills. That was quite a lot of money. Tom tried to find out who owned it, but there was no indication in the purse. So Tom became a little anxious. Did Tom find the owner finally? Yes, but it makes a long story and I'll include this story in my new book.