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English Teaching Theatre - Unit 02 - The Ticket Inspector

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Scene
A compartment on a train

Characters
A passenger on a train
A ticket inspector
A steward and a waiter

The passenger is sitting in a compartment on a train. He is reading a newspaper. The steward opens the door.

Steward Coffee!

Passenger No, thanks.

The passenger closes the door, and continues reading. The waiter opens the door.

Waiter Seats for dinner!

Passenger No, thanks.

The passenger closes the door again, and continues reading. The ticket inspector opens the door.

Inspector Tickets!

Passenger No, thanks.

Inspector Pardon?

Passenger I don’t want a ticket, thank you.

Inspector I’m not selling tickets, sir.

Passenger No?

Inspector No, I want to see your ticket.

Passenger Oh, I haven’t got a ticket.

Inspector You haven’t got a ticket?

Passenger No. I never buy a ticket.

Inspector Why not?

Passenger Well, they are very expensive, you know.

Inspector Sir, you’re travelling on a train. When people travel on a train, they always buy a ticket.

Passenger Er -

Inspector And this is a first-class compartment.

Passenger Yes, it is very nice, isn’t it?

Inspector No, sir. I mean: This is a first-class compartment. When people travel in a first-class compartment, they always buy a first-class ticket.

Passenger No, they don't.

Inspector What?

Passenger A lot of people don't buy tickets. The Queen doesn’t buy a ticket, does she? Eh? Eh?

Inspector No, sir, but she's a famous person.

Passenger And what about you? Where's yours?

Inspector Mine?

Passenger Yes, yours. Your ticket. Have you got a ticket?

Inspector Me, sir?

Passenger Yes, you.

Inspector No, I haven't got a ticket.

Passenger Ooh - are you a famous person?

Inspector (Flattered) Famous? Well, not very - (Back to normal) Sir, I am a ticket inspector.

I inspect tickets. Are you going to show me your ticket?

Passenger No, I haven't got a ticket.

Inspector I see.

The ticket inspector puts his hand into his pocket.

Passenger What are you going to do?

Inspector I'm going to write your name in my book.

Passenger Oh.

Inspector What is your name, sir?

Passenger Mickey Mouse.

The inspector begins to write.

Inspector Mickey -

Passenger - Mouse. M-O-U-S-E.

The inspector stops writing.

Inspector Your name, sir?

Passenger Karl Marx? William Shakespeare? Charles Dickens?

Inspector I see, sir. Well, if you’re not going to tell me your name, please leave the train.

Passenger Pardon?

Inspector Leave the train.

Passenger I can’t.

Inspector You can’t what?

Passenger I can’t leave the train.

Inspector Why not?

Passenger It’s moving.

Inspector Not now, sir. At the next station.

Passenger Oh.

Inspector It’s in the book, sir. When you travel by train, you buy a ticket, and if you don’t buy a ticket, you -

Passenger&Inspector leave the train.

Inspector Here we are, sir. We're coming to a station. Please leave the train now.

Passenger Now?

Inspector Yes, sir. I’m sorry, but -

Passenger Oh, that’s OK.

Inspector - it’s in the book, and - What did you say?

Passenger I said: ‘That’s OK.’

Inspector OK?

Passenger Yes, this is my station. Goodbye.

The passenger leaves the train.

Discussion

Sonya SchepetovaSonya Schepetova, 2014/12/04 11:08

The passenger was sitting in a compartment in a train. He was reading a newspaper. The steward opened the door and proposed some coffee. The passenger refused, closed the door and continued reading. The waiter opened the door. He offered some seats for dinner, but the passenger refused again, closed the door and continued reading. Then ticket inspector opened the door and asked passenger for ticket. The passenger refused. Inspector didn’t understand what this ‘no’ meant. The passenger explained that he didn’t want to buy a ticket. Inspector said that he isn’t selling tickets and he wanted to see the ticket of the passenger. But passenger hadn’t got the ticket. He said that he never bought them, because they were very expensive. Inspector made more exact that this was the first-class compartment, but the passenger only said that he found it very nice. The ticket inspector, confused, said that when people travel on a train, they always buy a ticket. But the passenger retorted that not all the people buy tickets, for example, Queen doesn’t buy a ticket. Inspector patiently said that Queen is famous person, what wasn’t about the passenger. The last decided to go from the other side and he asked where the ticket of inspector was and he also asked if inspector was famous. Inspector was very embarrassed and flattered. He said that he wasn’t really famous. But next second he came to one's senses and said that he must inspect tickets. So he put his hand into his pocket to write name of the passenger in the book. Passenger spelled his h\name is ‘Mickey Mouse’. Inspector suspected here was something wrong. He requested the passenger to leave the train in case if he wasn’t going to tell his own name. The passenger found that impossible because train was moving. So when it arrived on the station the ticket inspector said that it was time to leave. The passenger calmly stood up and went out if the train because it was his station.

Sonya SchepetovaSonya Schepetova, 2014/12/04 11:46, 2015/01/27 14:23

A passenger was travelling in a compartment in a train. He was reading a newspaper. The steward opened the door of the compartment and proposed some coffee to the passenger. But he refused, closed the door and continued reading. After that the door was opened by the waiter. He offered some seats for dinner, but the passenger refused again, closed the door and continued reading. Then the ticket inspector opened the door and asked the passenger for the ticket. The passenger refused and said: 'I don't want a ticket, thank you!'. The inspector didn’t understand what the passenger's ‘no’ meant. The passenger explained that he didn’t want to buy a ticket. The inspector said that he wasn’t selling tickets and that he wanted to see the ticket of the passenger. But the passenger hadn’t got the ticket because he never bought them as they were very expensive. The inspector tried to be more exact and he explained that they were in a first-class compartment and the passenger only said that he found this compartment very nice. The confused ticket inspector said that when people travel on a train, they always buy a ticket. But the passenger retorted that not all people buy tickets, for example, the Queen doesn’t buy a ticket. Thr Inspector patiently said that the Queen is a famous person, which was not the case with the passenger. The latter decided to give a dodge to the Inspector's side and he asked where the ticket of the inspector was and if the inspector was famous. The inspector was very flattered and said that he wasn’t really famous. But the next second he came to his senses and said that he must inspect tickets. So he put his hand into his pocket for his book to write the name of the passenger in it. The passenger spelled ‘Mickey Mouse’ for his name. The inspector suspected there was something wrong and demanded the passenger to leave the train in case if he wasn’t going to tell his real name. The passenger found that impossible because tthe train was moving. So when the train arrived at the station the ticket inspector said that it was time for the passenger to leave. The passenger calmly stood up and went out if the train because it was his station.

Sonya SchepetovaSonya Schepetova, 2015/02/12 13:46, 2015/02/12 14:35

A passenger was travelling in a compartment in the train. He was reading a newspaper. The steward opened the door of the compartment and offered some coffee to the passenger but the passenger refused, closed the door and continued reading. After that the door was opened by the waiter who proposed some seats for dinner, but the passenger refused again, closed the door and continued reading. After this the ticket inspector opened the door and asked the passenger for his ticket but the passenger refused again and said: 'I don't want a ticket, thank you!'. The inspector didn’t understand why the passenger said ‘no’. The passenger explained that he didn’t want to buy a ticket but the inspector said that he wasn’t selling tickets but he only wanted to see the ticket of the passenger. But the passenger hadn’t got the ticket and he explained it that he never bought them as they were very expensive. The inspector tried to talk more exact and he explained that the passenger was in a first-class compartment of the train but the passenger only said that he found this compartment very nice. The ticket inspector was very confused and he said that when people travel on a train, they always must buy a ticket. But the passenger retorted that not all the people buy tickets, for example, the Queen doesn’t buy a ticket. Thr Inspector tried to be patient and he said that the Queen is a famous person, which was not in case of the passenger. The latter decided to make the Inspector more confused and he asked where the ticket of the inspector was and if he was famous. The inspector was very flattered and said that he wasn’t really famous. But the next second he came to his sense and said that he must inspect tickets. So he put his hand into his pocket for the book to write the name of the passenger in it. The passenger spelled his name as ‘Mickey Mouse’. The inspector suspected that there was something wrong and demanded the passenger to leave the train if he wasn’t going to tell his real name. The passenger found that impossible because the train was moving. So when the train arrived to the station the ticket inspector said that it was time for the passenger to leave the train but the passenger calmly stood up and went out of the train because it was his station.

Sonya SchepetovaSonya Schepetova, 2015/02/12 14:44, 2015/02/12 15:34

One day, a passenger was reading a newspaper in a compartment in a train, travelling at the station in England. It was 30 minutes left before the destination when the steward opened the door of the compartment to offer some coffee to the passenger, but the passenger refused, closed the door and continued reading. After few minutes the door was opened by the waiter who proposed some seats for dinner, but he got the same rufusal: the door was closed and the newspaper was continued to be read. Soon after that the door was opened by the ticket inspector who asked for the ticket, but the passenger's 'I don't want a ticket, thank you!' made the inspector dumbfounded. He insisted on producing the ticket and got a passenger's snaring 'I never buy tickets, because they are too expensive'. The next step of the inspector was his trying to shame the passenger in terms of travelling in the first-class compartment without hading paid for it. But it only produced the opposite effect as the passenger just started to praise the first compartment service. This praising only made the ticket inspector more confused which gave the banality like 'When people travel on a train, they must always buy a ticket'. But the passenger got yet another move from his arsenal of tricks that not all people buy tickets, for example, the Queen doesn’t buy a ticket. The Inspector tried to preserve his patience to be able to say that the Queen is a famous person, which was not the case with the passenger. The latter decided to make the Inspector more confused and he asked if the inspector himself had got a ticket and if not then if he was famous like the Queen. The inspector was very flattered at that and said shyly that he wasn’t that famous. But the next second returned his senses back to him and he said that he must inspect tickets so if the passenger didn't have the ticket his name must be put in the black list. But the passenger contineud playng tricks on the inspector and spelled his name as ‘Mickey Mouse’. The inspector suspected that there was going something wierd and demanded the passenger to leave the train if he was going neither to produce his ticket or tell his real name. But the passenger commented the impossibility of this as the train was moving and luckily the train arrived at the station and the ticket inspector asked the passenger to leave the train, and the passenger calmly stood up and went out of the train because it was his station.

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