Reading, 19

You are going to read an extract from a book. Seven paragraphs have been removed from the extract. Choose from the paragraphs A-H the one which fits each gap (15-20). There is one extra paragraph which you do not need to use. There is an example at the beginning (0).


The luggage was to be sent up to the Royal Suite, which during the year had already been occupied by royalty, like Princess Grace of Monaco.

0:  H

The Royal Suite is on the first floor at Claridge’s and can be reached by an elegant staircase from the ground floor, or by a roomy lift with its own seat.

15: __________ 

The suite itself consists of four rooms: a small dressing-room, a bedroom, a bathroom, and an elegant drawing-room overlooking Brook Street. The furniture and pictures make it possible for you to believe that you are still in Victorian England. Only the telephone and television indicate otherwise.

16: ________

After a shower and change of clothes, Harvey glanced through his waiting mail and telexes from the bank, which were all routine. He took a short nap before going down to dine in the main restaurant.

17: ________ 

He had reached that time in life when he did not like change; the management of Claridge’s, aware that the average age of their customers was over fifty, served accordingly.

18: ________

Harvey managed a little shrimp cocktail and a med.iurn fillet steak with a bottle of Mouton Cadet. As he leaned forward to study the sweets trolley, he did not notice the four young men eating near the wall on the far side of the room.

19: ________

‘Not exactly what I expected: commented Stephen.

20: ________




A Harvey always took the lift up and walked down. At least that way he convinced himself he was taking some exercise.

B There in the large foyer was the usual small band, looking like hungry beggars. Harvey recognised the four musicians.

C Francois, the head waiter, showed Harvey to his usual table.

D Harvey was sure that they were extremely wealthy women. They could certainly afford to stay at Claridge’s.

E Stephen, Robin, Jean-Pierre and James all had an excellent view of Harvey Metcalfe. He would have had to bend double and move slightly backwards to have any sight of them.

F ‘Put on a bit of weight since those photographs you supplied: said Jean-Pierre.

G The room is large enough to be used for cocktail parties or by visiting heads of state to entertain large parties. Henry Kissinger had received Harold Wilson there only the week before. Harvey enjoyed the thought of that. It was about as close as he was going to get to either man.

H But Harvey still considered that his annual holiday at Claridge’s was more certain than theirs.


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