M: I think it’s going to rain.
W: I guess so. The sky is dark and cloudy.
M: Lucy is going back to China next month, Alice.
W: Oh, really.
M: And she will not take Rachel this time.
W: I hate to say it, but Jackie isn’t doing well in the film.
M: Well, I only think he is playing a different type of role, but my sister thinks he is still the best.
M: Professor Miners, could I talk to you about my paper?
W: Sure, come to my office between two to three. It’s Room 340.
W: OK, time to go home.
M: I can’t, because I haven’t finished the report about the newly opened restaurant.
W: Well, if you carry on working like that, you’ll make yourself ill.
M: I haven’t seen you for a long time. Where have you been?
W: I went to New York to visit my sister and stayed there for two months. Actually, I really went to meet my new nephew.
M: That’s great! How old is he?
W: Well, he was five months old when I got there and he could possibly be the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen.
M: What do you do when you’re in your sister’s home?
W: I helped the baby and played with him a lot which was nice, but what I enjoyed most was beating him.
M: Air pollution is so bad in this city. I think the government should stop people from driving cars on certain days.
W: You have a point. Air pollution is a problem, but not letting people drive on certain days is a bad idea. People have to go to work by car.
M: I’m afraid I don’t agree with you there. Reducing air pollution is really important. People are so used to driving that they don’t think about ways to do things. If we stop them from driving on certain days, maybe they could think of new ways to get around.
W: I see your point, but I still think it wouldn’t be possible to stop people from driving.
M: Let’s go and have lunch together.
M: By the way, I’m thinking of going to New Zealand around Christmas for three weeks. It’s such a beautiful country. I’ve never been there before.
W: Have you booked the flight?
M: Not yet. I’m planning to book my flight in two weeks’ time.
W: Book your flight right now.
W: Because the longer you leave it, the more expensive it’ll will be. As a matter of fact, the New Zealanders usually go home for Christmas.
M: Then, I’m going to book my flight tomorrow morning.
W: Hello, Mike. This is Jane.
M: Oh, hello, Jane.
W: Listen, Mike, I’ve got a really problem.
M: What is it?
W: The car is broken down.
M: Oh, now again.
W: Yeah, I checked the oil, and I checked almost everything. It’s just not starting at all.
M: You have to get ready of it, you know.
W: I know, I know. But, look, the thing is I’ve got to pick Tom up at the airport, Can I …..
M: Use my car? Yes, of course.
W: That’ll be great; it’s very kind of you.
M: Come on when you like, I don’t need it until tonight.
W: OK. I’ll be around in about an hour.
OK, when we met last week, we talked about different kinds of short stories and some well-known short story writers. I remembered that many of you said you liked the American writer Ernest Hemingway, right? I hope you all followed my advice and finished reading his story “A Day’s Wait”, because as I said we’re going to study it together in today’s lesson. Now, since you’re supposed to have read the story, let’s have some discussion. Please look at the four questions on the blackboard. First, when and where does the story take place? Second, what does the boy wait for in the story? And what kind of person does he show himself to be? Third, what kind of person is the boy’s father? Fourth, what is the writer’s main purpose of writing this story? I’d like you to work in groups of four or five and present your answers in ten minutes. Is everything clear?