One day, Kathleen and Mark were standing in their building waiting for the elevator. "This is taking too long," Kathleen said. "Let's just take the stairs."
"All five floors?" Mark asked. "I'm not sure I can make it."
"Don't be lazy, Mark. Let's go!" answered Kathleen.
When they were on the third floor, Kathleen noticed that Mark was breathing very heavily.
"Mark, you seem really out of shape. We're going to have to start exercising more often," Kathleen said firmly.
"No! I'm fine. Look," Mark said as he ran the rest of the way up the stairs just to show that he was in shape after all.
But the next day, Kathleen brought Mark to the bottom of a hill, where there was a trail they could follow all the way up.
"Just think how pretty the city will look from the top of the hill!" Kathleen said, trying to encourage him.
"Yeah, but if all we want is a beautiful view, we can just go to a tall building. That way, there would be air conditioning -- AND elevators!" Mark answered.
But Kathleen had already started climbing the path that led up the hill. She was walking fast and shouting to Mark to keep up with her.
"Hey! Wait up!" said Mark. (Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)
1. floor n.
My classroom is on the third floor, so I have to walk up two flights of stairs every day.
2. out of shape adj. phr.
身材走樣（sheng1 cai2 zou3 yang4）
If you don't exercise, you'll be out of shape.
3. trail n.
I knew Oliver had been eating cookies because of the trail of crumbs that led into his room.
4. encourage v.t
It's important for parents to encourage their children more than they criticize them.
1. Where does Kathleen take Mark to exercise?
a. A park.
b. A hill.
c. The beach.
d. A stairway.
2. What DOESN'T a tall building have?
b. Air conditioning.
c. A beautiful view.
d. Fresh air.
Ans: 1.b 2.d
A: How are your legs? Not too tired? This is the final stretch. We’re almost at the top. B: So do we need to walk up that path? I think I’ll be fine: it looks like a gentle ascent, and there are steps all the way. A: Appearances can be deceptive. The path gets quite steep further on, and the steps become broken and irregular. We’re not out of the woods yet. B: What does that signpost say? If we take the right fork we will get to a temple in 25 minutes. A: Nice try. We’re going