II Tape Script:
Work And Play
How have your two sons been doing at school lately, Andy?
Andy: Terrible! James never starts working, and Malcolm
never stops working.
Susan: You're joking, of course. I hear that Malcolm is likely
to win all the prizes in the exams this year.
Andy: Yes, so his teachers say. But he deserves to do
well. He's always been so conscientious and
hard-working, and he's been slaving at his books every evening for months
on end recently. He
to go to Oxford University next year.
Susan: Maybe he'll become a university lecturer himself eventually.
Andy: Maybe. But I think he studies too hard; I
sometimes wish he'd go out and enjoy himself for a change.
Susan: Yes. ... What about the younger one?
Andy: Well, James' teachers say that he has ability, but that
he's too inconsistent and that he rarely does his
best. In other words, he's not bad when he makes an effort, but he's
too idle. He couldn't care less
exams. He does his homework in ten minutes every evening and then
rushes out to play tennis.
Susan: He's crazy about tennis, isn't he? Perhaps he can make
his fortune at it. You can make more money
sport than from an old-fashioned profession these days.
Andy: So I believe. But my wife always worries about the
children's future. She wants James to give up
and study law, but I don't believe in forcing boys to take up careers
they're not cut out for. I
how James'll develop in a couple of years' time!
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