1 One day Mrs Jones went shopping. When her husband
came home in the evening, she began to tell him about a
modern computer. ‘I saw it in a shop this morning,’ she said,
‘And you want to buy it’, said her husband. ‘How
much does it cost?’
7 ‘Five hundred Euros.’
‘Five hundred Euros for a computer? That’s too
10 But every evening, when Mr Jones came back from
work, his wife continued to speak only about the computer, and
at last, after a week, he said, ‘Oh, buy the computer! Here is the
13 money!’ She was very happy.
But the next evening, when Mr Jones came home and
asked, ‘Have you got the famous computer?’ She said, ‘No’.
16 ‘Why not?’ He said.
‘Well, it was still in the window of the shop after a
week so I thought, “Nobody else wants this computer, so I
19 don’t want it either”.’
L.A Hill. Elementary Stories for Reproduction. 27th edn.,
Oxford: Oxford University Press,1995 (adapted).