The Silly Story of the Cat






get over
rid of
of old
on earth

go straight home
double yellow lines
a cat-lover
a carrier-bag

It's strange how things seem to happen to some people and how they are always involved in unusual events. Alan is one of those people. Almost unbelievable things have happened to him. When you hear this story you will think, perhaps, that it couldn’t possibly be true, but it is.

You will notice that Alan mentions 'a yellow hat'. In fact, it is more accurate to say that a traffic warden's hat is black and yellow.


Here are some points for you to track the idea of the story:

  • When Alan drove out of the T-junction he hit an animal.
  • Alan went to the butcher's to get a bag.
  • When Alan got back to the car, after his visit to the butcher's shop, he found out that the cat had gone.
  • In Alan's opinion, it's not unreasonable to get a parking ticket for parking on double yellow lines.
  • Alan recognized someone as the traffic warden because her hat was yellow.
  • Alan said he wanted the traffic warden to go to his car with him because he could explain what had happened and prove it.
  • The woman who was walking off round the corner with a carrier-bag said it wasn't Alan's because she'd been to the butcher's.
  • Alan accused the woman of taking the bag from his car.
  • The woman was completely unconscious for some time because she hit her head on the pavement.
  • Alan went back to the butcher's shop a second time to call an ambulance.
  • George told Alan that he knew the road of old.
  • John remarked that he hoped Alan wasn't a cat-lover.
  • Alan asked at the butcher's if they could sell him a carrier-bag and enquired how much it was.
  • Alan requested the traffic warden to go back to his car with him. Alan accused the woman of having his carrier-bag.
  • Alan accused the woman of having taken the bag from the back of his car.
  • Alan asked the butcher to get an ambulance.


Now that you have heard Alan's silly story, please answer the following questions.

  1. What did Alan do before driving out at the T-junction?
  2. What did Alan intend to do with the carrier-bag he bought from the butcher?
  3. What do double yellow lines on the road-side mean?
  4. Where is a parking ticket usually left on a car in England?
  5. What surprise awaited Alan when he returned to the car with the traffic warden?
  6. What did Alan notice about the carrier-bag which he saw a woman carrying away?
  7. Exactly what did Alan say to the woman who was carrying a bag from the butcher's?
  8. What did the woman do when she saw the dead cat inside the bag she was carrying?
  9. Where exactly did Alan leave the woman who had fainted while he tried to get help?
  10. Why did Alan go straight home instead of going to work?


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