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The Day the Dignitary Died


The Day the Dignitary Died
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.05

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    adoration, citywide, jaded, retainer, rife, venerate, futility, decompose, cumbersome, utmost, concede, renowned, commence, sincerity, fanfare, briefcase


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The Day the Dignitary Died
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The morning sun that streamed through the windows gave no indication of what was to come on the day the dignitary died. The man arose from his slumber. Once he had completed his morning rituals, he enjoyed a strong cup of coffee while scanning the daily paper. He saw the story of another dignitary's daring escape from a harrowing kidnapping experience. Perhaps he was jaded due to the pervasiveness of kidnapping reports, but they did not fascinate this man. He gave the report only a brief, pensive thought before he turned to the stock market page to see whether the value of his stocks had depreciated any further. One of them was practically bankrupt. He had held onto it too long. Ah well, such is life, he thought.
 
2     After making reservations to dine at his favorite restaurant that evening, the man picked up a rather cumbersome briefcase and left for a secret meeting. He was scheduled to discuss plans for removing a dictator who had tyrannized a neighboring country for years. Their success might possibly put an end to the rife terrorism that the tyrant had used to manipulate both his subjects and also other countries into giving in to his greedy demands. Although his people seemed to venerate him, this dignitary perceived their adoration to be generated by fear rather than love.
 
3     The dignitary never arrived at his destination. After he'd been missing for a few hours, those with whom he had planned to meet felt it was vital to commence with a citywide search.

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