39 A Breakdown

Gordon and some of his friends were leaving for a holiday in the mountains, now that they had finished college for the summer. Since the weather should be fine, they had decided to camp out. They had clubbed together to hire a van to take them and their equipment to their destination. Since none of them had any tents, and since they couldn’t afford to buy any, they had chipped in more money and gone to a shop which rented them out. They had packed the van earlier, and they all piled into it and drove off. They were making good progress with Gordon as driver, when there was a loud bang and the van veered off the road. Realizing that a tyre had burst, they got out of the van and phoned a repair garage on Jack’s mobile phone. All they could do was to hang around the van and wait since they were miles from any town. In the van were
some provisions, but these had to last until they reached the campsite, and they had to ration out the food. Despite this, they decided to have some coffee. Mary poured it out of the Thermos flask into some plastic cups and they gulped it down gratefully. Then the repair man appeared and replaced the tyre. They all got back into the van, this time with Ralph at the wheel. “Don’t drive too fast!” Gordon warned, “even if we do have to make up for lost time.”

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39 A Breakdown

Gordon and some of his friends were leaving for a holiday in the mountains, now that they had finished college for the summer. Since the weather should be fine, they had decided to ….     …  . They had …….     ……..    to hire a van to take them and their equipment to their destination. Since none of them had any tents, and since they couldn’t afford to buy any, they had …….     ..   more money and gone to a shop which ……     them …   . They had packed the van earlier, and they all …..     ….   it and drove off. They were making good progress with Gordon as driver, when there was a loud bang and the van ……     …    the road. Realizing that a tyre had burst, they got out of the van and phoned a repair garage on Jack’s mobile phone. All they could do was to …. …… the van and wait since they were miles from any town. In the van were
some provisions, but these had to last until they reached the campsite, and they had to ……      …   the food. Despite this, they decided to have some coffee. Mary poured it out of the Thermos flask into some plastic cups and they ……   it ….    gratefully. Then the repair man appeared and replaced the tyre. They all got back into the van, this time with Ralph at the wheel. “Don’t drive too fast!” Gordon warned, “even if we do have to ….     ..     …   lost time.”

 

 

Conversation Questions

 

What would you have to take into account if you wanted to camp out?

Have you ever clubbed together with your friends to buy/hire something?

Talk about a time you had to chip in more money than the others when paying for something as a group?

How much does it cost to rent out a holiday apartment in your city?

When was the last time you piled more than 5 people into a car to go somewhere?

Have you ever seen a vehicle veer off the road?

What would you do if you saw suspicious people hanging around your neighbourhood?

Did your parents have to ration out your pocket money or were you responsible with it?

How much milk/water could you gulp down in one go?

Can anything make up for lost time? Why not?

 

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