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داستان کوتاه انگلیسی - Inspiring short story 3

Short English story

 

A Dish of Ice Cream

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him

“How much is an ice cream sundae”

  50  replied the waitress

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient

“35 ,” she said brusquely

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip

بازدید : 1078 تاریخ : پنجشنبه 28 آبان 1394 زمان : 7:4 نویسنده : Vahid Hatami نظرات ()

Short Story

Boy Starts Huge Fire

 

fire

A ten-year-old boy confessed to his parents that he was playing with matches on a windy day in October in southern California. The Santa Ana winds were howling that day, and his carelessness resulted in the Witch fire. That fire destroyed 18,000 acres of woodland and 12 homes. The total damage and the cost of firefighting efforts were estimated at $25 million. Ironically, his parents' house was untouched by the fire.a

 

The authorities did not immediately announce what they would do to the boy or his parents. An official in the district attorney's office said that, probably, no criminal charges would be filed. But the parents would still be liable for civil charges. That is, victims could sue for their losses and rebuilding costs. Suing the middle-class family for millions would be the easy part, though; collecting the millions would be unlikely. a

 

Homeowners disagreed on what should be done. "I don't have a house anymore," said John Ritter. "It will take at least two years to build a new house, and my insurance is only going to pay about half the cost of the new house. Ordinarily, I would say that the boy and his parents ought to be put in jail for at least 10 years. But because their house didn't burn down, I think the law should just allow me to trade property with them. They can have my burned-down house, and I can move into their house. That's fair enough for me."a

 

"We all make mistakes, especially when we're young," said Michael Richards, another homeowner whose house burned down. "I remember setting my sister on fire when I was about 10. I didn't mean to do it, of course, and she jumped into the lake, so she was okay. But it could have been a terrible accident. I think the poor boy has learned a valuable lesson. People should forgive, rebuild, and get on with their lives." a

 


بازدید : 575 تاریخ : دوشنبه 12 اسفند 1392 زمان : 14:57 نویسنده : Vahid Hatami نظرات ()

Reading 3

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Reading 2

بازدید : 371 تاریخ : دوشنبه 12 اسفند 1392 زمان : 10:24 نویسنده : Vahid Hatami نظرات ()
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