Chapter 1: A Reading System for Effective Readers
Lab Activity 4: The Reading Process: After Reading
To read and review a short story.
Directions: After reading "The Bargain" in the Student Lab Manual and the conclusion below, answer the following questions.
As he said it, they passed under the shadow of a lilac bush, and he leaned forward hopefully. But she drew back.
"What about your poor wife?" she asked. "What does she get out of this—this—experiment?"
"Oh," he told her, "she can kiss any man she wants. Just once. That's part of the bargain."
She looked at him. "Tell me," she said, "does your wife have to inform her—victim—that she is married too?"
"No," he said, "she doesn't. But she does have to take off her wedding ring before she kisses him. I was quite firm about that."
The girl looked down at her own hands, pale in the moonlight. "And are you quite sure you want to share this—ah—extramarital kiss with me? After all, you're allowed only one. Weren't there any other girls that took your fancy?"
"There was a blonde," he admitted candidly. "She was beautiful. But you were the prettiest. That was the bargain."
She turned to him suddenly and put her arms around his neck. He bent his head. Around them the katydids shrilled louder than ever, but the universe stood still. Slowly, reluctantly, they drew apart. They looked at each other.
"Thank you," he said finally.
"Thank you," she answered gravely. "Shall we go back in now?"
"I think not," he said. "I have a better idea." He kissed her again. "Put your ring back on," he said. "We're going home."
— Gordon, A. Through Many Windows, Guideposts, 1983, pp. 144–146.
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