Once a well-dressed man travelling in a train discovered that his cigarette-case was missing, and said he would take the man next to him to poilce at the next station.
Looking down, however, the w$U-dressed man found his cigarette-case lying undei* the seat. He apologized to the other passenger, saying he was sorry he had thought badly of him.
“Never mind,” said the passenger. “You thought I was a thief (вор), and I thought you were a gentleman, and we were both mistaken.”
to pick up, to take one person for another, to admit
The bus pulled up at the stop, but to the disappointment of the people waiting there, there wasn’t room for everybody. So a thin, nervous man, who was the last to get in, thought he was lucky to get the only vacant seat that was left. Soon, however, he felt very uncomfortable. The passenger sitting next to him was so stout that he nearly pushed the poor little fellow off his seat. In an angry tone the thin mart asked his stout neighbour to move up, but the latter refused to do so.
“If I were managing the city transport,” the thin man then said, “I would take fares according to (в соответствии
с) the passenger’s weight."
“If that were so, my man,” the stout man immediately replied, “no conductor would allow you on the bus."
to pick up, to remark, bad manners
XII. Describe situations, illustrating the use of the following sentences.
Let me see!
...if you like. *
As far as 1 know... Can I borrow your...?
Can I trouble you for a...? Can you tell me the way to...?
Can I help you?
What can I do for you?