Read through the anecdote and give spoken answers to the questions that follow.
Mr Fred Harris decided to leave home. He had been unemployed for three months. His wife was getting more and more angry. He could not go on any longer. So, one Wednesday morning, he packed a small suitcase and left his home in Newcastle. He went on to the railway station and, after buying a platform ticket for five pence, boarded the express train to London.
Fred was hungry, so he borrowed a waiter's jacket he found hanging behind a door in the dining carriage. He went into a lavatory and put on the jacket. Then he went back to the dining car. He hoped, he said, to get a quick snack.
However, he was seen by the head waiter, who said to him: “Where have you been? Get on with serving the lunches, will you!”
This opened a new life for Fred. He travelled backwards and forwards for six weeks, all over the country. Then the police caught up with him. They found him sleeping in a train compartment half way between Glasgow and London.
He explained that after he had begun the job, he found that he liked it. In fact, it was the best job he had ever had. At night he slept in an empty carriage. Got his head down, as he put it. In the morning, he got on the first fast train that came by. He thought he had earned his keep because he had done a good job as a waiter.
1. Did he take a trunk?
2. Did he want a three-course dinner?
3. Did he take a train all over the place?
1. No. He packed a small suitcase. 2. No. He hoped to get a quick snack. 3. Yes. He travelled backwards and forwards all over the country.