Mr. Evans: Hello, Bob. Dining alone?
Bob: Paul and Marie went to get newspapers.
Mr. Evans: Do you mind if I join you?
Bob: Please, sit down.
Mr. Evans: May I ask what you’re reading?
Bob: Um . . . A History of the World.
Mr. Evans: The bestseller? I’m very impressed! Reading nonfiction over lunch!
I hear that it’s a very difficult book.
Bob: Oh . . . uh, no. It’s a pretty easy read. I . . . I can’t put it down, actually.
Mr. Evans: A real page-turner, huh? Do you think I could borrow it when you’re done?
Mr. Evans: I usually prefer fiction myself. You know, thrillers, mysteries . . . There’s
nothing like curling up with a good science-fiction novel, is there?
Bob: You read science fiction, too?
Mr. Evans: Don’t tell anyone. Are you learning a lot from your book?
Bob: Uh, yes. I think so.
Mr. Evans: So tell me what you’re reading about right now.
Bob: Um . . . this part is about Great Britain.
Mr. Evans: Really? Do you mind if I take a look?
Bob: Cheryl hates when I read comics.
Mr. Evans: Then I can understand why you can’t put the book down. Do you think
that I could borrow it, then?
Bob: I’m still reading this one, but I have another one I can loan you.
Mr. Evans: I meant this one.