The passage you are going to read is entitled "A Payment Greater Than Money." Try to answer the questions before reading the passage.
1. Which of the following do you think is more important? Make your choice and give your reason.
2. Guess what kind of payment might be greater than money according to the title of the passage.
Now read the passage and compare the writer's view with yours.
A Payment Greater Than Money
1. When I was 14, I earned money in the summer by mowing2 lawns, and I got to know people by the flowers I had to remember not to cut down, by the things stuck in the ground on purpose or by the things lost in the grass. I also learned something about my neighbors in Louisville, Ky., by their preferred method of payment: by the job, the month ——or not at all.
2. Mr Ballou fell into the last category, and he always had a reason. One day he had nothing smaller than a fifty. On another he was flat-out of checks; on another he was simply not home when I knocked on his door. Still, except for the money, he was a nice enough old guy, always waving or tipping his hat when he'd seen me from a distance. I figured him for a thin retirement3 check, maybe an injury that kept him from doing his own yardwork. I kept a running total, but didn't worry about the amount too much. Grass was grass, and the little that was Mr Ballou's didn't take long to trim.
3. Then one late afternoon in mid-July I was walking by his house, and he motioned me to come inside.