Read a section from a short story to practise and improve your reading skills.
Are you a learner of English at the upper intermediate level (CEFR level B2)? This part provides reading exercises to assist you in comprehending texts with a broad vocabulary where you may need to take the author's perspective into account. Articles, reports, messages, short stories, and reviews are all examples of texts.
Sam strained his eyes against the brightness to see the dust cloud the automobile had left behind as it headed up to the Big House. The horses were unconcerned about their owner's first visit in ten months as they kicked and flicked their tails at flies. Sam awaited. Sam was happy that Mr. Carter didn't come out here unless he had to. The less he got in the way of his boss, the longer he would be employed.
Later, when Sam was still cutting wood, Carter stopped by. As if he were waiting for a meeting with the local priest, Carter raised his hat, then took it off fully as if he were speaking to his mother. He held out a stack of papers that he had taken out of his back pocket.
You don't usually pick up your mail, do you?
Sam accepted it without giving it a second thought and threw the envelopes on the bench.
Never," he affirmed, waiting for Carter to explain his purpose for being there. They both understood that Carter's residence offered no justification for the situation. Carter licked his lips and cleared his throat as he continually twisted his cap.
Nice job repairing those fences, he finally said.
Sam promised to return to the beginning shortly. It wasn't an issue. For the man who did it well, repairing a fence took a year, and that meant another year of work.
"Don't you ever want to go on vacation?"
If so, where? Returning from vacation meant entering the real world, which even people like Carter sought to escape. Sam wasn't going back; his escape had become his reality.
Mr. Carter wiped the perspiration from his neck's back. His shirt's wet spots began to group together like shapes in an atlas. The June light was already making his skin red. In contrast, he had the indoor tan of a man who earned money while others did the labor.
"I'm traveling with my son," she said. He has experienced some issues at school. Mr. Carter's eyes glanced up, quickly blinked, and then returned to the cap in his hands. Not much difficulty for a small boy out here, I thought. He tried to laugh, but it came out sounding like a dog barking.
The two men turned their gaze to the building's northernmost point. As far as the eye could see, it extended. From where they were standing, they could hardly see the fences at all. No matter how restless and rebellious an adolescent male became, he was unable to go on foot. Sam observed the largest horse, which was pounding the earth with its massive hooves.The boy could ride? He questioned. An experienced rider might get into a tonne of danger out here, miles from everyone. For someone who was unfamiliar with horses and wished to be free of his father, there may have been even more issues.
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