I think you must learn, Foreman. ” “I’m afraid I can’t now, sir. I’m too old a dog to learn new tricks. ” “In that case, Foreman, I’m afraid you must go. ” “Yes, sir, I quite understand. I shall be happy to hand in my resignation as soon as you have found somebody to take my place. ” Up to now Edward’s face hadn’t shown any signs of emotion. But when he had closed the door of the church behind him his lips trembled. He walked slowly with a heavy heart. He didn’t know what to do with himself. True, he had saved a small sum of money but it was not enough to live on without doing something, and life cost more and more every year.
It occurred to him now that a cigarette would comfort him and since he was not a smoker and never had any in his pockets he looked for a shop where he could buy a packet of good cigarettes. It was a long street with all sorts of shops in it but there was not a single one where you could buy cigarettes. “That’s strange,” said Edward. “I can’t be the only man who walks along the street and wants to have a smoke,” he thought. An idea struck him. Why shouldn’t he open a little shop there? “Tobacco and Sweets. ” “That’s an idea,” he said. “It is strange how things come to you when you least expect it. He turned, walked home and had his tea. “You are very silent this afternoon, Edward,” his wife remarked. “I’m thinking,” he said. He thought the matter over from every point of view and the next day he went to look for a suitable shop. And within a week the shop was opened and Edward was behind the counter selling cigarettes. Edward Foreman did very well. Soon he decided that he might open another shop and employ a manager. He looked for another long street that didn’t have a tobacconist’s in it and opened another shop. This was a success too. In the course of ten years he acquired no less than ten shops and was making a lot of money.
Whether they choose to light up their first cigarette on their own or are unwitting victims of passive smoking, Filipino youth are increasingly at risk from tobacco exposure. “The younger a child starts to smoke, the greater the chances of becoming a regular smoker,” said Dr Maricar Limpin, executive director of the non- government group Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance ...
Mr. Foreman was a promising businessman. Why do you think he said he would be a verger if he had been able to read? 4) “I’m too old a dog to learn new tricks. ” What did the verger mean saying these words. Do you agree that there’s an age limit for starting a new life? VI. Retell the text (In your answers make use of the words and word combinations from the exercises above).
Use Opening Phrases in your retelling.