A Comfortable Bed: Reading

It is a nice house, and the man and woman like living in it. There is a large bedroom on the second floor with a comfortable bed.

One afternoon the man and the woman go to visit some neighbors. They do not think they will be gone very long, so they do not lock their door. But they stay at the neighbors’ house for over an hour, and when they get home, it is dark. The man and the woman enter the house and turn on some lights. The woman warms up some rice on the stove while the man makes a salad. After dinner, the man and the woman go upstairs to bed. When the man turns on the lights in the bedroom, he and his wife are very surprised to see a strange man sleeping in their bed! The woman screams, and the sleeping man wakes up.

“Who are you?” the woman asks. The strange man gets out of bed. His hair and clothes are dirty. “I’m sorry,” he says. “I don’t have a place to live. I was cold, and your house looked nice, and this bed looked so comfortable.” The man and woman are too surprised to speak. They watch as the strange man walks slowly past them, down the stairs, and out the front door.

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Daily Departures: Speed Reading Passages for English Language Learners Copyright © 2019 by Regina D. Weaver is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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