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MRS. KENT'S UMBRELLA
Mrs. Kent always carried an umbrella. She carried one when it was raining, and she carried one when it was not raining. In England it rains a lot, so Mrs. Kent never liked to be without her umbrella.
She lived in the country, and one day she went to London in the train. For the first time she did not remember to take her umbrella.
When the train got to London, Mrs Kent took her bag and started to get out. There was an umbrella next to her, and without thinking, she took that, too. Just as she was leaving the station a woman run up to her.
"You have taken my umbrella," she said. "Your are a thief! I shall call the police." Mrs. Kent was very troubled.
"Oh ! please, " she said, "don't do that. I'm very sorry. Here is your umbrella - please take it. I always carry one, and I didn't remember about not bringing my own. I didn't want to take your umbrella. Please believe me. "
"I don't know, " said the other woman, "I don't believe you. You may steal other people's umbrellas all the time. You can do it often in trains. Then you can sell them to other people and get money for them. You must make a lot of money doing that."
"Oh ! no, "said poor Mrs. Kent, "I never do anything like that. I've never taken anyting in my life. Please take your umbrella and let me go."
"All right, " she said. "I'll let you go this time, but don't do it to anyone else." The woman still looked angry, but she went away.
Mrs. Kent stayed in London all day but later, it began to rain, so she went into a shop and bought an umbrella. Later she went to the station, to get the train back to her home.
She got into the train, and sat down. Then she looked at the woman sitting next to her. It was the same woman whose umbrella she took that morning. The woman looked at Mrs. Kent's new umbrella. Then she looked at Mrs. Kent.
All throught the journey the other woman's eyes never left Mrs. Kent's face. She looked at her or at the umbrella all the time. Mrs. Kent was very unhappy.
The train stopped at a station, and the other woman got up to get out. Just before she got out, she spoke to Mrs. Kent. Other people in the train could hear her.
"I was right, " she said. "You have got an umbrella for yourself, haven't you? Where did you get that one?"
Then she got out of the train.
Answer these questions:
- Where did Mrs. Kent live?
- Where did she travel?
- How did she was travelling?
- Did she know somebody into the train?
- Was a beautiful day in London when she arrived there?
- What Mrs Kent do?
- What did happen at the end in the train?