Introductory Stories -1


Mrs. Jones wanted a picture for her living-room. She took the bus and went to town. She looked for a picture shop, and after a few minutes she found one. There were some pictures in the window, but she did not like them very much.

         She went into the shop and looked at some other pictures. She liked some of those more. There was a picture of a young girl and Mrs. Jones liked it very much. She went to the shopkeeper and said, ‘How much do you want for this picture?’

         The shopkeeper turned the picture round. He looked at the back of it and said, ‘Thirteen pounds.’

         ‘Thirty pounds?’ Mrs. Jones said. ‘That’s very expensive. I’m going to offer you twenty pounds for it.’

‘I said “Thirteen pounds”, not “Thirty pounds”,’ the man answered.

         ‘Thirteen?’ Mrs. Jones said. ‘Then I’m going to offer you nine pounds for it.’          







                   O the women of Gaza

                   Don’t look at me that way

                   Cover me

                   Surround me

                   Shroud me

                   Bury me

                   In the ashes of my shame



                   O the children of Gaza

                   Don’t gaze at me that way

                   Freeze me

                   Tease me

                   Release me

                   And seize me

                   In the ices of my flame


                   O the men of Gaza

                   Glance at my soul anyway

                   Remind me

                   Wake me

                   Alert me

                   And shake me

                   In the shade of my blame






                                               Turgay Evren








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My men are very brave

General McKenzie was in charge of the Navy, and he was visiting his colleague General Marshall, who was in charge of the Army. McKenzie arrives at the military camp and is greeted by Marshall. They both walk around the place, and McKensie asks: “So how are your men?”

“Very well trained, Gral. McKenzie.”

“I hope so. You see, my men over at the Navy are so well trained, you could see they’re the bravest men all over the country.” “Well, my men are very brave, too.”

“I’d like to see that.”

So Marshall calls private Cooper and says: “Private Johnson! I want you to stop that tank coming here with your body!”

“Are you crazy? It’d kill me, you idiot! I’m out of here!” As private Johnson ran away, Marshall turned to a bewildered McKenzie and said:

“You see? You have to be pretty brave to talk like that to a general.”