Want and Mr. Fielding

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A Date for the Theatre
MikeHello, Jack. Why the rush? Where are you going?
JackHello, Mike. I'm on my way to meet Joyce at the station. We're having dinner at a Chinese restaurant and then we're off to the theatre. MikeDo you often go to the theatre?
JackYes, Joyce and I usually go at least once a fortnight; sometimes more. Do you ever go? MikeYes, but I don't often find time these days. There are so many other things to do. JackTrue, true.

MikeListen, perhaps Janet and I can arrange to meet you and Joyce one Saturday evening. We can have dinner together and go on to a theatre. JackThat's a good idea. Look, I forget the name of the play, but there's a good comedy on at the Theatre Royal next week. If you like, I can book four seats for next Saturday. MikeAll right. I'm meeting Janet later this evening so I can make sure that she's free next Saturday. I'll ring you tomorrow to confirm if we are coming. JackFine. I must fly now. It's six o'clock already and

Joyce's bus arrives at ten past. She hates waiting around and I don't want to spoil everything by up- setting her before we start our evening. MikeI'll phone you tomorrow then. Give my regards to Joyce. Have a good evening. A Road Accident

It was raining heavily as I was walking up the hill towards the station at six o'clock on a Saturday morning. At this early hour there wasn't much traffic and there weren't many people in sight. Just as I was crossing the road near the top of the hill, a car came round the corner. It was travelling very fast and the driver was obviously having difficulty in controlling it. Suddenly it swerved violently, skidded on the wet road, hit a lamp-post and turned over. At once I ran to the car to assist the driver, but he was unconscious and there was a lot of blood on his face, A young woman hurried Into the station and phoned for an ambulance while I took care of the driver. A number of other people gathered round the car, but there wasn't a great deal we could do. A policeman arrived a few minutes later and asked me a lot of questions about the accident. Shortly afterwards the man came round, and he was groaning quietly when the ambulance arrived at high speed and rushed him away to hospital. On Monday morning I went to the hospital to enquire about the man. They told me that his injuries were not serious after all and that he was rapidly getting over the effects of the accident. A few Errands

Felix I'm just going down to the shops to buy some cigarettes, Gertie. Do you want anything while I'm there? Gertie Yes, what a good idea! There are a lot of things I need, as a matter of fact. Let me see... We haven't got many eggs left, so bring a dozen large ones. And there isn't much cooking-fat in the Jar, so bring a pound of lard. And... Felix Hold on! If you want me to get a lot of things, write them down on a piece of paper, or I'll forget something. Gertie All right. But wait a minute, while I look in the other cupboard to see what we need. Felix Hurry up, then! I want to call in for a chat with Gerry on the way back. Gertie We've got plenty of cocoa, but we've nearly run out of coffee and there isn't a great deal of tea left; bring a large tin of instant and a quarter pound of tea. Oh! And I want some ham. Felix How much?

Gertie Half a pound will do. We're short of vegetables, too; bring some beans, and a tin of carrots... Felix I only wanted to go out for a stroll and a chat. I'll need a lorry to bring all that home. Gertie Here's the list. Oh, and you can pick up my coat at the dry-cleaner's while you're passing. And do me a favour while you're at Gerry's: ask Pam if she's free on Thursday morning. We're having a meeting at ten o'clock about the tennis-club dance in August. Felix Do you mind if I have half an hour to myself after I've done all your business for you?

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Susan How have your two sons been doing at school lately, Andy? Andy Terrible! James never starts working, and Malcolm...
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