Mrs Hammond, though old and blind, was determined to do everything for herself. She used to go for walks once a day and found her way by 1 things with her stick. She learned 2 everything was, and never lost her way.
One day, some men came and cut down some of the familiar 3 at the side of the paths she 4 . When she reached there that evening, she didn’t 5 the trees with her stick, so she was in 6 .
She 7 for a while and listened, but did not 8 anyone else. She went on walking, and then heard ９ below.
Then she heard a man’s friendly 14 . “Excuse me, can I help you?”
“How kind of you!” She answered. “Some of the trees I followed have been 15 today. If I hadn’t been 16 enough to meet you, I don’t know what I’d have done. Can you please accompany me to my 17 ?”
“Certainly,” the man answered. “Where do you live?”
She told him her address, and he took her to her house. She told the man how 18 she was that she had met him. But the man said,“I want to say 19 toyou.”
“Well,” the man said quietly, “I was balanced on the edge of that bridge for ages in the dark, trying to make up my mind to 20 myself into the river and drown myself. But now I’ve changed my mind.”
1. A. seeing B. watching C. hearing D. touching
2. A. how B. where C. what D. that
3. A. plants B. bushes C. trees D. grass
4. A. followed B. led C. walked D. headed
5. A. know B. feel C. smell D. climb
6. A. need B. danger C. dark D. difficulty
7. A. rested B. walked C. stopped D. waited