The Stolen Smells
Many years ago in another country there lived a poor
student.He had vcry little money. He lived in a very small room over a
restaurant? His room was at the back of the building over the kitchen. The
restaurant owner was a very mean man. Nobody liked him. But he was a good
cook and many people came to his restaurant.
One day he was working quietly in his kitchen when he
heard the poor student talking to his friend."You must be very
unhappy, said his friend, `living in a poor room like this.
"Oh no." said the student, "I am busy
with my studies and I'm not interested in my room.
"But you only cat plain rice - you don't have
money for anything tasty "
"Yes, it's true, I eat only plain rice. But the
delicious smells that come from the kitchen make thc rice very tasty
The restaurant owner was furious. This student was
stealing the smells from his kit.chen. He decided to tatke him to court.
Everybody in the court laughed whcn the me; n man
accuset thc student of stealing hi.s smells'. But thc judge took him
seriously."Every man should be able to complain to the court ."
When the restaurant owvner told the judgc everything.
the judge said , "You are right. The student is guiltv. " The
reataurant owner waa delighted, but the poor student was vcry much .
afraid. What could he do? He had only a few coina in his pocket.
The judge asked the studcnt if he had any money. The
student took 5 coins from his pockct and held them out to the judge in his
"Let the coins fall into your left hand,"
said the judge.
The courtroom was very quiet. Everyone heard the tinkle of the coins as
they fell into the student's left hand.
"Well," said the judge to the restaurant
owner, "you've heard his money. You've been well paid for your
7. Read the following passage once. Underline the key words while
and retell the story to your partner.
A Bad Student
Peter's father wants to know how his son is getting
along in school. One day he asks him;
"Peter, how are you getting along in school? What
seat do you have in the class? Does the teacher place you in seats
according to your marks?"
"Yes, father. "
"And what seat do you have?" "Number
"And how many students are there in your
class?" "Twenty-one, father. "
Several weeks pass. Peter, who is a bad student and
studies very little, brings home the marks of his monthly examinations.
"How are you getting along in school now,
Peter?" asks his father. "Your marks do not seem to be very
"I am getting along much better now, father.
" "What is your place in the class now?"
"Number twenty now. "
"Good. Then you are one place ahead. "
"No, father. One of the students left the class.
His family moved to another town. "