STORY: OFF THE RECORD

CLASSROOM-READY NARRATIVE

Woman: There are urgent matters that need my attention, so let’s get it over with. Off the record?
Interviewer: Off the record. Why this town and not any other?
Woman: This is where I chose to stay. My town.
Interviewer: There must be other reasons.
Woman: Well, been here ever since I was one and a half. And I’m the mayor! And I don’t have to worry about elections. There’s not much competition, so to speak.
Interviewer: Really? Why? I mean, how…
Woman: All of them have either…
Interviewer: Disappeared?
Woman: Passed away or moved away. How dare you! Don’t make me regret this. Or the regret will be yours.
Interviewer: My apologies.
Woman: I’m sure you didn’t mean to imply… Anyway, next question!
Interviewer: And the Family? Don’t they worry about you? Don’t they want someone here with you?
Woman: I’m the only one in town, so of course they do. But they also respect my choice. And it is my choice. My decision. End of story.
Interviewer: And your headquarters? Somewhere central or off the beaten track?
Woman: Here.
Interviewer: Oh.
Woman: An office like any other.
Interviewer: And a typical business day?
Woman: Trucks coming. Customers coming. Leaving messages for one another. Let’s say I provide sort of a meeting space. We have become kind of a household word.
Interviewer: We?
Woman: Let’s say I meant me and my „office”. Or royal we. Whatever floats your boat.
Interviewer: And the „office staff”? You must have people assisting you?
Woman: Somebody’s always looking after me and doing things for me. Maybe they’ve got me spoilt a bit. Anything else you’re dying to know?
Interviewer: Can we meet again?
Woman: Walking on thin ice, aren’t you? I warned you – one meeting. So I’m afraid that’s all the questions you’re getting answers to. Off the record, of course.

THE STORY BEHIND OUR STORY

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THE JUICY BITS OF LANGUAGE
  • off the record
  • to imply
  • off the beaten track
  • to become a household word / name
  • royal we
  • whatever floats your boat
  • to be/get spoilt
  • to be dying to know sth
  • to walk on thin ice

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