lesson 9 A cold welcome
On Wednesday evening , we went to the town hall , it was the last day of the year and a large crowd of people had gathered under the town hall clock , it would strike twelve in twenty minutes time , fifteenfifty minutes passed and then , at five to twelve , the clock stopped , the big minute hand did not move , we waited and waited , but nothing happened , suddenly someone shouted it s two minutes past twelve , the clock has stopped , i looked at my watch it was trues , the big clock refused to welcome the new year , at that moment everybody began to laugh and sing.
——What do you usually do onthe last day of the year?
——We usually go to PeoplesSquare to welcome the New Year.
——Then, what do you do onthe Square?
——People usually wait forthe clock to strike twelve. You know? On last New Year's Eve, there was something interesting happened.
——At five to twelve, theclock stopped. The big minute hand did not move.
——How did everyone react?
——We waited and waiteduntil someone suddenly shouted, It's two minutes past twelve! The clock has stopped.
——It was really anunforgettable experience.
——Yeah. People all saidthat it was the clock that refused to welcome the New Year.