THE BIG SLEEP
Vocabulary to be stressed:
insisted, complained, countered, cooped up, startled, spectacle, spectators.
Sue always insisted that her husband Jack take her to the theater
once a month, but Jack hated the theater.
"Sue," he complained, "I would rather stay home and watch the ball game."
"Is that all you can think about-ball games?" countered Sue.
"Think about me once in a while-cooped up in the house alone all day."
So they went to the theater that night with friends.
At the end of Act II a loud snoring sound startled them.
Everyone looked and there was Jack sound asleep. Sue turned crimson red with shame.
"How dare he make a spectacle like this! I'll never live it down."
"Don't bother him," laughed one of the nearby spectators. "He's the ohly one enaying himself."
Questions for discussion:
1. Why was Sue unhappy?
2. What did Jack want to do all the time?
3. How did Sue get embarrassed?
4. What can happen when you get bored at the theater?
5. Have you ever had an embarrassing experience?