• Put the pictures into the order the events are mentioned in it.
• The first one has been done for you.
Dear Mother and Dad.
Since l left for college, I have been careless about writing and I am sorry for not having written before. I will tell you the latest news now, but before you read on, please sit down. You are not to read any further unless you are sitting down, okay?
Well then. I am getting along pretty well now. The skull fracture (перелом черепа) and the concussion (сотрясение мозга) l got, when I jumped out the window of my dormitory (общежитие)r when it caught fire shortly after my arrival here. Is OK now. I only spent two weeks in hospital, and now I can see almost normally and I only get those headaches once a day. Fortunately, the fire in the dormitory and my jump were witnessed by the attendant at the gas station (автозаправка) near the dorm, and he was the one who called the Fire Department and the ambulance.
He also visited me in hospital and since I had nowhere to live because of the burned out dormitory, he was kind enough to invite me to share his apartment with him. It’s really a basement room, but it’s nice. He is a very handsome boy and we have fallen in love and are planning to get married. We haven’t got the exact date yet. but it will be before my pregnancy begins to show.
Yes, Mother and Dad, I am pregnant. I know how much you are looking forward to being grandparents and I know you will welcome the baby and give it the same love and tender care you gave me when I was a child. The reason for the delay in our marriage is that my boyfriend has a minor infection, which prevents us from passing our premarital blood tests and I carelessly caught it from him.
I know you will welcome him into our family with open arms. He is kind and, although not well educated, he is ambitious. Although he is of a different religion than ours, I know your often-expressed tolerance will not permit you to be bothered by that.
Now that I have brought you up to date, I want to tell you that there was no dormitory fire, I did not have a concussion or skull fracture, I was not in the hospital, i am not pregnant. I am not engaged, I am not infected, and there is no boyfriend. However, I have failed my exams in American History and in Chemistry and I want you to see those results in their real perspective.
Your loving daughter.
B. Here are the answers Sharon gave, when her parents talked to her.
• Match them with the questions in the box.
1 Yes, I wanted to remind you that it is me that you love not my results.
2 I got the idea from all the stories of other students at the college.
3 Yes, but not in ours.
4 Yes there were a few injuries, but nothing as serious as a fractured skull. Mostly people sprained their ankles running down stairs.
5 Well! I started the story from the point of what I thought Dari would think was the worst thing that could have happened to me — becoming pregnant to a less educated boy of a different religion.
6 Yes I knew you would think that anything was better than me getting involved with a gas station attendant.
7 Everything else was invented in relation to me but some bits have happened to other girls.
a) Was there a dormitory fire?
b) How did you invent the rest of the story?
c) Was the whole letter really intended to remind us that if you fail, it doesn’t matter because worse things could have happened to you?
d) You thought we would think that anything was better than that!
e) Everything else was invented?!
f) Where did you get the idea for the letter from?
g) Were there any deaths or injuries to the dormitory students?