考研英语精读 3[1]

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考研英语精读 3[1]GMAT研究生管理考试
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 The Present

  It was the old lady's birthday.

  She got up early to be ready for the post. From the second floor flat she could see the postman when he came down the street, and the little boy from the ground floor brought up her letters on the rare occasions when anything came.

  Today she was sure the would be something. Myra wouldn't forget her mother's birthday, even if she seldom wrote at other times. Of course Myra was busy. Her husband had been made Mayor, and Myra herself had got a medal for her work the aged.

  The old lady was proud of Myra, but Enid was the daughter she loved. Enid had never married, but had seemed content to live with her mother, and teach in a primary school round the corner.

  One evening, however, Enid said, "I've arranged for Mrs. Morrison to look after you for a few days, Mother. Tomorrow I have to go into hospital——just a minor operation, I'll soon be home."

  In the morning she went, but never came back——she died on the operating table. Myra came to the funeral, and in her efficient way arranged for Mrs. Morrison to come in and light the fire and give the old lady her breakfast.

  Two years ago that was, and since then Myra had been to see her mother three times, but her husband never.

  The old lady was eight today. She had put on her best dress. Perhaps——perhaps Myra might come. After all, eighty was a special birthday, another decade lined or endured just as you chose to look at it.

  Even if Myra did not come, she would send a present. The old lady was sure of that. Two spots of colour brightened her cheeks. She was excited——like a child. She would enjoy her day.

  Yesterday Mrs. Morrison had given the flat an extra clean, and today she had brought a card and a bunch of marigolds when she came to do the breakfast. Mrs. Grant downstairs had made a cake, and in the afternoon she was going down there to tea. The little boy, Johnnie, had been up with a packet of mints, aGMAT研究生管理考试