The passage you are going to read is entitled "A Friend on the Line". Before you read it, think about the questions.
1. What kind of passage does it seem to be? Is it a story or a science report?
2. What does the phrase "on the line" probably mean?
3. What do you expect the passage may tell you about?
Now read the passage and check your answers.
A Friend on the Line
1. Even before I finished dialing, I somehow knew I'd made a mistake. The phone rang once, twice -- then someone picked it up.
2. "You got the wrong number!" a husky male voice snapped before the line went dead. Mystified, I dialed again.
3. "I said you got the wrong number!" came the voice. Once more the phone clicked in my ear.
4. How could he possibly know I had a wrong number? At that time, I worked for the New York City Police Department. A cop is trained to be curious -- and concerned. So I dialed a third time.
5. "Hey, c'mon," the man said. "Is this you again?"
6. "Yeah, it's me," I answered. "I was wondering how you knew I had the wrong number before I even said anything."
7. "You figure it out!" The phone slammed down.
8. I sat there for a short time, the receiver hanging loosely in my fingers. I called the man back.
9. "Did you figure it out yet?" he asked.
10. "The only thing I can think of is ... nobody ever calls you."
11. "You got it!" The phone went dead for the fourth time. C