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1. The visit of an unknown man.
2. The talk.
3. The decision to find out about the neighbour's business.
4. Visitor's successful attempt to find out my income.
The first visitor; branch of business; particular; to appear ignorant; his customers; we began talking; presence of mind; to find out all about his business; my lecturing money; income from; nearly; any mistake.
A Mysterious Visit
After Mark Twain
The first visitor that came to see me was a gentleman who said he was an assessor, and connected with the U.S. Internal Revenue Department1.1 said
1 had never heard of his branch of business before, but I was very glad to see him. Would he sit down? He sat down. I did not know anything particular to say, and I asked him if he was opening his shop in our neighbourhood.
He said he was. (I did not wish to appear ignorant, but I hoped he would say what he was going to sell.)
I asked him, "How was trade?" And he said, "So-so".
I then said we would visit him and become his customers.
He said he thought we would like his establishment.
I do not know how it happened, but we began talking.
We talked, and talked, and talked — and we laughed, and laughed, and laughed. But all the time I had my presence of mind about me. I decided to find out all about his business — and thought I would have it out of him without his suspecting what I wanted. I would tell him all about my own business, and he would naturally forget himself, and tell me all about his affairs. I said:
"Now you never would guess what I made lecturing this winter and last spring?"
"No — I could not. Say seventeen hundred, maybe?"
"Ha! I knew you couldn't! My lecturing money for last spring and this winter were fourteen thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars.
"Why, it is amazing — perfectly amazing, even this wasn't all?"
"All! Why, bless you2, there was my income from the newspaper for four months eight thousand dollars, for example?"
"Eight thousand! I'll make a note of it".
"There's my book, The Innocents Abroad — price from $3.50 to $5. Listen to me. During the last four months and a half, we've sold ninety-five thousand copies of that book. Average four dollars a copy. It's nearly four hundred thousand dollars, my son. I get half".
"My God! Fourteen — seven — fifty — eight — two thousand".
"Possible! If there's any mistake it's the other way.3 Two hundred and fourteen thousand, cash, is my income for this year if I know arithmetic".
Mark Twain [ ] — Марк Твен
1 the U.S. Internal Revenue Department — департамент податків і зборів США
2 bless you —нехай йому чорт
3 If there's any mistake it's the other way.— Якщо є помилка, то інша справа.
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1. The electronic toys for children and grown-ups.
2. The influence of video games.
3. Types of games.
4. The process of making such games.
5. Time and money needed for making games.
At least; dangerous enemies; the electronic toys; space settings; prehistoric scenes; realistic situations; stimulate imagination; the idea for the story; to create; scroll horizontally; vertically; all in all.
Everybody's tried them at least once. Sitting in front of a screen you can make cars go very fast or move strange little green men about as they escape from dangerous enemies.
You do it with video games, the electronic toys which are loved by young people and grown-ups alike. Some people prefer space settings, others prehistoric scenes or realistic situations in the present.
But excessive use of these screens can be bad for your health.
So, video games can be bad for you if you don't limit the time you spend in front of the screen. There are also educational video games. These can stimulate imagination or help with the study of history, geography and natural sciences.