The Forgetful Writer
Mark was a famous novelist known throughout the country. Unfortunately he was also very forgetful. He could never remember where he put things like his keys or his wallet. He would often even forget the names of his closest friends.
One day Mark found himself on a train. It was a beautiful day so he enjoyed the passing scenery and soon fell into conversation with his fellow passengers. The time passed pleasantly. After some time the conductor appeared and began checking the passengers’ tickets .Mark looked first in his wallet but not finding his ticket there he searched his pockets and everywhere else he could think of. He even took off his shoes and socks in case he had put his ticket there. It was all in vain. When the conductor reached Mark, he recognized him at once. Mark apologized and explained that he had lost his ticket. The conductor waved his hand and told Mark it was not a problem as it was a great honour to have such an esteemed person on his train.
Mark still looked miserable and said, “If I don’t have a ticket, how can I know where I am going?”
1) novelist (n.) – 小說家
2) wallet (n.) – 皮夾子，錢包
3) scenery (n.) – 風景，景色
4) conversation (n.) – 對話
5) fellow (adj.) – 夥伴
6) pleasantly (adv.) – 愉快的，快活的
7) conductor (n.) –徒勞
8) recognize (v.) – 認出，識別
9) apologize (v.) – 道歉
10) honour (n.) – 榮幸
11) esteemed (adj.) – 受人尊敬的
12) miserable (adj.) – 痛苦的，不幸的
1. Choose the best answers.
A. Mark was traveling by
B. He was famous for
(a) his wallet.
(b) traveling by train.
C. Who checked the tickets?
(a) The passengers.
(c) The conductor.
D. Mark found his ticket
(a) in his wallet.
(b) in his shoe.
(c) in his pocket.
(d) He didn’t find it.
E. The conductor
(a) was furious with Mark.
(b) was embarrassed by Mark.
(c) was pleased to see Mark.
(d) was worried about the ticket.
2. Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) Mark found a ticket. ___
(b) The other passengers had Mark’s ticket. ___
(c) The view from the window was nice. ___
(d) Mark was unhappy about the ticket. ___
(e) The conductor knew where Mark was going. ___
3. Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) The passengers (get) _____ on the train.
(b) The train (leave) _______ the station on time.
(c) Mark (lose) _______ his ticket.
(d) He (cannot) ______ remember where he was going.
(e) Nobody could (find) _______ the ticket.
4.Write short answers
(a) Where was Mark going?
(b) Who did Mark talk to on the train?
(c) Where did he look for his ticket?
(d) Did the conductor know who Mark was?
(e) Was he pleased to have Mark on the train?
5.Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
a) a view of the countryside __________________
b) a person who checks tickets on trains and buses ____________________
c) unsuccessfully ____________________
d) know somebody when you see them ___________________
e) unhappy ____________________________