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1) The plane took off from the air field in London, and the journey to South Africa, to Johannesburg, to be exact, started.

2) It was just after the war, and it was not a jet, as it is the case nowadays, but it was a big plane with four engines and four propellers.

3) When a few minutes later they were crossing the Channel, one of the engines went wrong, but the stewardess said there were three engines left and the passengers felt safe.

4) However, when the plane reached the Mediterranean Sea, the second engine broke down, but the stewardess told there was nothing to worry about because two engines were quite enough to keep them in the air.

5) As they got near to the shores of Africa, the news spread that only one propeller was working. The stewardess kept her mouth shut that time, so the passengers came to the conclusion that the plane had developed some engine trouble.

6) Presently they were flying over the jungle in Central Africa and all fellow travellers were terribly upset.

7) Women were holding their children tighter and tighter, men were drinking more and more, and more heavily at that. There was also a parson who was saying a prayer in a loud voice. The passengers were terribly frustrated and looking down, couldn’t help thinking of cannibalism, death and other «pleasant» things.

8 ) At that moment, the loud speaker was switched on, and the captain’s voice was heard: «Ladies and gentlemen, I have tragic news for you.»

9) The faces of all passengers turned pale. Their hearts sank into their boots. The prayer got stifled in the parson’s mouth.

10) The captain continued in a gloomy voice: «It is my sad duty to inform you that England has lost her last football match against Scotland.»

#1.(…) How did the passengers picture their future?

#2. (…) Was it a modern jet plane?

#3.(…) When did the first trouble with the engine start?

#4. (..) What soothing information was given to make the people believe in their safety over the sea space?

#5. (…) Why was it so important and essential for the captain to break the tragic news for he was a true Englishman?

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