Once an Englishman went to the seashore for his summer holidays. He asked his housekeeper to post him all letters that she would receive during his absence. She promised him to do that.
The Englishman rested very well. A month passed but he received no letters. He thought it strange and he rang up his housekeeper:
"Why didn't you post my letters?"
"Because you didn't leave me the key of the letter-box," was the reply.
The Englishman apologized and promised to send her the key. In some days he put the key into an envelope, wrote down his address on it and posted the letter.
Another month was passing but still he did not receive the letters.
When at the end of the month he returned home, he spoke angrily with his housekeeper.
"But what could I do?" asked the poor woman. "The key which you posted was in the locked letter-box too."
key - ключ
envelope - конверт
post - отправлять
housekeeper - домашняя работница, экономка
absence - отсутствие
letter-box - почтовый ящик
strange - странный
lock - закрывать на замок
ring up - звонить
angry - сердитый
apologize - извиниться
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