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Reading Comprehension: Rules of Readability Reading Comprehension: Rules of Readability

…The girl stood up and walked to the end of the station. Across, on …The girl stood up and walked to the end of the station. Across, on the other side, were fields of grain and trees along the banks of the Ebro. Far away, beyond the river, were mountains. The shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain and she saw the river through the trees. “And we could have all this, ’ she said. ‘And we could have everything and every day we make it more impossible. ’ “What did you say? ” “I said we could have everything. ” “We can have everything. ” “No, we can’t. ” “We can have the whole world. ” “No, we can’t. ” “We can go everywhere. ” “No, we can’t. It isn’t ours any more. ” “It’s ours. ” “No, it isn’t. And once they take it away, you never get it back. ” “But they haven’t taken it away. ” “We’ll wait and see. ” “Come on back in the shade, ” he said. “You mustn’t feel that way. ” “I don’t feel any way, ’ the girl said. ‘I just know things. ” “I don’t want you to do anything that you don’t want to do –” “Nor that isn’t good for me, ” she said. “I know. Could we have another beer? ” “All right. But you’ve got to realize – “ “I realize, ” the girl said. “Can’t we maybe stop talking? ”

“You know, ” Mrs. Lincoln said to me, ‘The President is expected to give “You know, ” Mrs. Lincoln said to me, ‘The President is expected to give a series of state dinners every Winter, and these dinners are very costly. If I give three large receptions, the state dinners can be scratched from the programme…”“I believe you are right, ” said the President. The question was decided, and arrangements were made for the first reception. In “Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House, ” by Elizabeth Keckley. “Abolishonists criticized the merry-making at the White House and many declined to attend. Ben Wade’s regrets were said to have been harshly worded: “Are the President and Mrs. Lincoln unaware that there is a civil war? If they are not, Mr. and Mrs. Wade are, and for that reason decline to participate in feasting and dancing. ” In “Reveille in Washington, 1860 -1865, by Margaret Leech “The children, Tad and Willie, were constantly receiving presents. Willie was so delighted with a little pony, that he insisted on riding it every day. The weather was changeable, and exposure resulted in a severe cold, which deepened into fever. Keckly, op. cit. “Willie was burning with fever on the night of the fifth, as his mother dressed for the party. He drew every breath with difficulty. She could see that his lungs were congested and she was Frightened. ” In “Twenty Days, ” by Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt and Philip B. Kunhardt Jr

-- “Hills Like White Elephants, ”, Ernest Hemingway -- “Hills Like White Elephants, ”, Ernest Hemingway

“Garage Sale” “Garage Sale”

The Arrival, Part 1 The Arrival, Part 1

The Arrival, Part 2 The Arrival, Part 2

The Arrival, Part 3 The Arrival, Part 3

Conflict 2 Conflict 2

The Shift, 1 The Shift, 1

The Shift, 2 The Shift, 2

The Ending The Ending