The Chauffeur's Tale
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||belligerent, broken-down, cranny, divider, high-priced, intercom, moonroof, self-centeredness, sound-proof, tirade, twits, vandalize, hereditary, economic, merely, nook
||Lieutenant Bradley, Here Sneed, Franklin Sneed
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The Chauffeur's Tale
By Brenda B. Covert
1 "Do you suppose that self-centeredness is hereditary? That rich twits inherit it from their money?"
2 Franklin Sneed's outrage over the predicament in which he had found himself was evident. Lieutenant Bradley pursed her lips before saying, "Let's not fall prey to stereotyping, Mr. Sneed. Selfish tendencies can inhabit people of all economic backgrounds."
3 "Yeah, yeah, yeah. I guess I've carried a few of the well-to-do who've been decent human beings," Sneed allowed with a shrug, pushing his fingers through hair whitened with age. "But, who shows the most gratitude for a chauffeur's efforts? Without exception it's the poor folks - the ones who save their money for months to afford the ride. They appreciate a luxury limousine. They appreciate the sparkle and polish, the uniform, and the way the chauffeur runs back to open their door. It's just too bad that the poor don't have more money; they wouldn't be so stingy with it."
4 Because the lieutenant was feeling lenient, she allowed Franklin Sneed's tirade against self-centered clients to continue.
5 "I could tell you horror stories," Sneed went on, "concerning customers who think anything goes. There was a guy once who wanted to leave a wedding gift in the back seat. Do you know what he did?"
6 Lt. Bradley shook her head. "I'm afraid not."
7 "Crickets! He dumped a box load of crickets into the back of my limousine!"
8 A shiver ran down Lt. Bradley's back. She tried to cover it with a move to adjust her glasses.
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