lesson 7 Too late
The plane was late and detectives were waiting at the airport all morning. They were expecting a valuable parcel of diamonds from South Africa. A few hours earlier, someone had told the police that thieves would try to steal the diamonds. When the plane arrived, some of the detectives were waiting inside the main building while others were waiting on the airfield. Two men took the parcel off the plane and carried it into the Customs House. While two detectives were keeping guard at the door, two others opened the parcel. To their surprise, the precious parcel was full of stones and sand!
——What do you usually do on the last day of the year?
——We usually go to People's Square to welcome the New Year.
——Then, what do you do on the Square?
——People usually wait for the clock to strike twelve. You know?
——On last New Year's Eve, there was something interesting happened.
——At five to twelve, the clock stopped.
——The big minute hand did not move. How did everyone react? We waited and waited until
someone suddenly shouted, "It's two minutes past twelve! The clock has stopped!
——It was really an unforgettable experience.
——Yeah. People all said that it was the clock that refused to welcome the New Year.