Mrs Martin was an old lady who lived by herself in a cottage in the country. She had become accustomed (1) __________
it as she had done so for the past twenty years. There was nothing she was afraid of so much so that her (2) __________
were not even shut at night.
One cold night, while Mrs Martin was boiling some water to make tea, a young man in old clothing climbed in through an (3) __________
window. He crept up from behind and covered her mouth with his hand. He was (4) __________
that she did not struggle.
On seeing her warm eyes, he (5) __________
his hand from her mouth.
"I don't want to hurt you, madam," said the young man. The old lady, showing no fear of the young man, made her (6) __________
calmly to her rocking chair.
In the (7) __________,
the man, who saw two tiny teaspoons on her table, snatched them up and examined them carefully.
"I'm afraid they're not silver," she said apologetically.
"Look here, you've got money in this house. (8) __________
is it?" the man asked impatiently.
"Here, try these cookies, I just (9) __________
them today in my new oven," said Mrs Martin. "You are a burglar, aren't you?"
"I wasn't born (10) __________
. I've been unemployed for a year now. I have no choice as hunger has (11) __________
me into burglary," he said.
"Yes, I understand. It's unfortunate that you've chosen to rob (12) __________
on the very day that I've lost my purse. Well, young man, let me (13) __________
you an offer. I need someone to take care of my garden but I can't (14) __________
to pay you. Instead, I'll give you food."
"It's a sporting offer, madam," the young man said as he (15) __________
into a smile.