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.
“Am I 10 ? I suppose so,” she said. “I must be on a 11 , and there must be a river under me. I’ve been 12 that there’s a river in this part of the country, but I don’t know its exact 13 . How can I get back?”
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?” ......