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Reading Comprehension Texts
was working as a consultant in a beer company, helping the president and
senior vice-presidents formulate and implement their new strategic vision. It
was an enormous challenge.
the same time, my mother was in the final stages of cancer.
worked during the day and drove 40 miles home to be with her every night. It
was tiring and stressful, but it was what I wanted to do. My commitment was to
continue to do excellent consulting during the day, even though my evenings
were very hard. I didn=t
want to bother the president with my situation, yet I felt someone at the
company needed to know what was going on. So I told the vice-president of
Human Resources, asking him not to share the information with anyone.
few days later, the president called me into his office.
figured he wanted to talk to me about one of the many issues we were working
on. When I entered, he asked me to sit down. He faced me from across his large
desk, looked me in the eye and said, AI
hear your mother is very ill.@
was totally caught by surprise and burst into tears. He just looked at me, let
my crying subside, and then gently said a sentence I will never forget: AWhatever
was it. His understanding and his willingness to both let me be in my pain and
to offer me everything were qualities of compassion that I carry with me to
Vocabulary. Find in the text words or expressions that mean the same.
Answer the following questions according to the text.
What kind of job did the writer have?
Who in the company knew about the writer=s
Why did the president of the company call the writer into his office?
Why was the writer pleased with the president=s
behaviour towards his situation?
Composition. In your opinion, how would you handle a similar situation?