ExtensIve reading UNIT 4
THE ART OF PRANK CALLS
Try to make out what "the art of prank calls" is.
Can you translate the jokes Lorraine and John played on people?
I suppose it all started when Lorraine and I were hot on these phone ga115 last September. We did the usual ones like dialling any number out of the book and asking
Anyway, the idea of the telephone marathon was that you had to close your eyes, stick your finger on a number in the dire"ctory and then call it up to see how long you could keep whoever answered talking on the phone, I wasn't too good at this because I used to keep bursting out laughing. The only thing I CQuid do that kept them talking a while before they hung up was to tell them I was calling from TV Quiz and that they had won a prize. That was always good for three and a half minutes before they caught on.
1 to be well-informed and interested in something
- a) Lorraine pretended not to see the phone numbers in the director.
When this man answered, my voice was rather quivery because John was watching with his X-ray eyes and I think he knew I had cheated a bit.
"Hello," this jolly voice said as I cleared my throat.
"What did you say the name of your charity was?" the voice asked.
Suddenly I couldn't control myself any more, and I burst into lauohter right into the phone.
"Is somettting funny?"
"No ,.. there's nothing funny, Mr Pignaty ... it's just that one of the girls ... here at the office has just told me a joke, and it was very funny," I bit my tongue, "But back to serious business, Mr Pignaty. You asked me the name of our charity - the name ofitis-"
"The Lorraine and John Fund!"
a) Why do you think Lorraine changed to a very British accent speaking to Mr Pignaty?
There was something about his voice that made me feel sorry for him, and I began to wish I had never bothered him. He just went on talking and talking, and the receiver started to hurt my ear. He sounded like such a nice old man, but terribly lonely. He was just dying to talk.
"I'm sorry if I'm taking too much of your time, Miss Truman, You wanted a donation, did you say - for what charity?"
"I'll be glad to send you ten dollars, Miss Truman, Where do I send it?'
Say what made it difficult for Lorraine to take the money from Mr Pignaty.
When Angelo Pignaty came to the door, I wish you could have seen him. He was in his late fifties and was pretty big, and he had a bit of a beer stomach. But the part that slaughtered me was this great big smile on his face. He looked so glad to see us I thought his eyes were going to twinkle out of his head. He would have made a good Santa Claus if you had put a white beard on him and stuck him on a street corner in December with a little whisky on his breath.
"Hi! Are you the charity people?" He didn't seem to be surprised that we were kids, He just seemed glad to see us...
"Of course, that's what we came for," I said to make it look real at least. Lorraine shot me a look of outrage.
We watched him go down another hall to a room that had black curtains on the doorway. I mean, there was no door, just these curtains. He disappeared through them.
When he finally came back out, he seemed to be very tired, and he started writing the cheque.
"Whom should I make it out to?" he asked.
Lorraine gulped and went speechless.
"Cash will be fine, Make it out to cash," I found myself saying.
He handed me the cheque, and my hand Shook a little, It wasn't that I was scared or anything, but it was an awful lot of money.
"On behalf of the L & J Fund I accept this cheque. "
"Oh, yes," Lorraine echoed, and I could tell she was furious with me because her eyes were starting to flit all over the place again.
Summarize the information related to one of the characters.
Take notes on the other two characters from your classmates' reports.
1 Choose the character you like most. Use your imagination and the information in the story to describe their personalities and lifestyles.
a) Is it immoral to play jokes on defenceless people?
a) Practical jokes (pranks) can sometimes go beyond your control. Have you ever had an experience of a joke that went wrong? Have you learned any lessons from it? Write your story.
b) Write the whole story from Mr Pignaty's point of view. For this read the whole story once more and try to picture his character in your imagination. Bring in the emotions he might have experienced.
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