Unit 6 Disaster and hope
W: Paul, will you be free this Saturday to check my computer? It hasn’t been working for two days.
M: Let me see. I have an appointment with Ellen at four o’clock in the afternoon, but I will be free before that.
W: What bad weather!
M: Don’t worry. The rain won’t last long. The radio says it’ll be fine later on.
W: You are very quiet this evening? What’s the matter?
M: Well. I don’t like my job. There is no one to talk with and the days go slowly.
W: Our flight has been delayed for two hours. My husband must be waiting anxiously at London City Airport.
M: You’d better make a phone call and tell him the situation here.
M: Honey, what shall we do this weekend? Have you got any idea?
W: I don’t know. I just want to stay at home and do some reading. It has been a busy week. I feel like a good rest.
M: Hello, Zhang Ling. I hear you are going to the UK.
W: Yes, I’m going with my grandpa. We are going to see my uncle in London.
M: When are you leaving then?
W: This Friday. Our plane leaves at a quarter to ten at night.
W: Who is the girl reading aloud in the next room? It’s the weekend. She is studying so hard.
M: She is my niece. She has been with my family since her parents died in an accident five years ago. At that time she was only six years old.
W: Oh! What a poor kid! Does she find it hard to live here?
M: Yes. Although we love her very much, the big problem for her is that it is always too cold, but in her hometown, the weather is always pleasant, so it takes time for her to get used to it.
W: Hello, City Transportation Service, can I help you?
M: Yes, I’d like to book a taxi.
W: May I know your name, sir?
M: Yes, it’s Jimmy Wells.
W: Jimmy Wells. When will you need the taxi?
M: On Monday. That is the day after tomorrow — July 8th. I’m leaving very early in the morning.
W: Where to, sir?
M: To the railway station.
W: Where shall the driver pick you up?
M: 78 Crown Street, near Willington Restaurant.
W: What time? 6:00 am, or about half an hour later?
M: Let me think. 6:20 am.
W: 6:20 am, July 8th, OK. Could you leave your telephone number?
M: Yes, it’s 36794564.
W: OK. I’ve got it. Thank you for calling us.
W: I thought you went to work. Why are you still home, Daniel?
M: I didn’t want to tell you, but I lost my job last week.
W: Uh-oh! What about the rent? How are you going to pay it?
M: Um... I was hoping you’d help me out a little, Emily. Isn’t that what older sisters are for?
W: Yeah, I guess...but I can’t pay my little brother’s rent forever. We’ll have to move to a cheaper place soon if you don’t get another job. What are you planning to do?
M: I don’t know! I thought my job at the theater was perfect.
W: You only sold tickets to people and helped them find their seats.
M: Right, but I got to watch great performances for free!
W: Come on! You could be doing something better than that! I know you’re a great cook and you’ve always wanted to open your own sandwich shop. Why don’t you try to do that?
M: Where would I begin? I don’t know anything about running a business.
W: Well, I do. I’ve been running my online store for five years. I know all the legal stuff you have to do to get started. And my friend Mike just closed his coffee house, and it’s the perfect space for your sandwich shop. It has a nice little kitchen in it already.
M: That sounds perfect! You’re a great sister!
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