4 A Surprise Goes Wrong

41 A Surprise Goes Wrong

Fay’s friends were planning a surprise party for her twentieth birthday. They didn’t think it would be difficult to keep her from finding out as she was so wrapped up in her new boyfriend, Harry, that she was not noticing anything very much at the moment. However, Fay was growing suspicious that something was happening. When she saw Matt and Anne deep in conversation, they immediately clammed up when she joined them. Then, she met Bill who was crossing out names on a list. As soon as Fay asked him what it was, Bill screwed up the piece of paper and put it in his pocket, saying it was nothing. Fay was sure that they were all keeping something from her, but she didn’t know what. In fact, she harped on about it so much to Harry that he got quite angry and asked her to talk about something else. Next, she tried to worm some information out of her best friend, Amy, but she said nothing. She even tried to bluff Sara into telling her about the secret by pretending that she knew all about it, but the bluff was unsuccessful. Finally, she decided to have a long chat with Bob, who was known to be rather indiscreet. In the midst of a conversation, he blurted out news of the party but asked Fay not to say anything. She played along with the surprise and cried out in pretended amazement when she arrived at the party.

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41 A Surprise Goes Wrong

Fay’s friends were planning a surprise party for her twentieth birthday. They didn’t think it would be difficult to keep her from finding out as she was so …….   ..   in her new boyfriend, Harry, that she was not noticing anything very much at the moment. However, Fay was growing suspicious that something was happening. When she saw Matt and Anne deep in conversation, they immediately …….     ..   when she joined them. Then, she met Bill who was ……..   …    names on a list. As soon as Fay asked him what it was, Bill …….    ..   the piece of paper and put it in his pocket, saying it was nothing. Fay was sure that they were all keeping something from her, but she didn’t know what. In fact, she ……    ..   about it so much to Harry that he got quite angry and asked her to talk about something else. Next, she tried to ….    some information …    ..   her best friend, Amy, but she said nothing. She even tried to …..    Sara ….    telling her about the secret by pretending that she knew all about it, but the bluff was unsuccessful. Finally, she decided to have a long chat with Bob, who was known to be rather indiscreet. In the midst of a conversation, he …….    …   news of the party but asked Fay not to say anything. She ……    …..    with the surprise and …..     …    in pretended amazement when she arrived at the party.

Conversation Questions

Have you ever been wrapped up in something so much that it affected your grades?

How should you deal with a situation if you joined a group of people talking who suddenly clammed up when you got there?

What is yet to be crossed out on you to-do list for this week?

If you are given a flyer in the street, do you screw it up or fold it neatly before putting it in your pocket or do you chuck it in a bin?

Do you know someone who is always harping on about their accomplishments?

Have you ever been able to worm a secret out of a friend?

How would you bluff someone into admitting to something bad they had done?

What are the harms of blurting out whatever first comes to your mind in conversation?

When is it fine and when is it not to play along with what others are doing and saying?

Do you cry out in pain easily? How easily?

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