engineer (1) … (to travel) on a cruise
ship in the Caribbean for the first time. It was wonderful. He (2) …(to wait) on
hand and foot. But, it did not last. A Hurricane (3) … (to come) up unexpectedly. The ship went
down almost instantly.
The man found himself, he knew not how, (4) …(sweep) up on the shore of an island. There was
nothing else anywhere to be seen. No person, no supplies, nothing. The man
looked around. There were some bananas and coconuts, but that was it. He was
desperate, and forlorn, but (5) … (to decide) to make the best of it. So for the
next four months he ate bananas, drank coconut juice and mostly looked to the
sea mightily for a ship to come to his rescue.
One day, as he (6)… (to lie) on the beach stroking his beard and looking for a
ship, he spotted movement out of the corner of his eye. Could it be true, was
it a ship? No, from around the corner of the island (7) …(to come) this
row-boat. In it was the most gorgeous woman he ever (8) … (to see) , or at
least seen in 4 months. She was tall, tanned, and her blond hair flowing in the
sea breeze (9) … (give) her an almost
ethereal quality. She spotted him also as he (10) … (wave) and yelling and screaming to get her
She rowed her boat towards him. In disbelief, he asked, "Where you (11) … (come) from? How did you get here"?
She said, "I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed on this
island when my cruise ship sank"
"Amazing", he said, "I didn't know anyone else (12) … (survive) .How many of you are there?
Where did you get the row-boat? You must have been really lucky to have a
row-boat wash-up with you?"
"It is only me", she said, "and the row-boat didn't wash up,
nothing else did."
"Well then", said the man, "how did you get the row-boat?"
made the row-boat out of raw material that I found on the island", replied
"But, but", asked the man, "what about tools and hardware, how you (13) … (to do) that?"
"Oh, no problem", replied the woman, "on the south side of the
island there is a very unusual strata of alluvial rock exposed. I found that If
I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into forgeable
"Well, let's row over to my place", she said. So they both got into
the row-boat and left for her side of island. The woman easily rowed them
around to a wharf that led to the approach to her place. She tied up the
row-boat with a beautifully (14) … (to weave) hemp rope. They walked up a stone
walk and around a Palm tree, there stood an exquisite bungalow painted in blue
"It's not much", she said, "but I call it home. Sit down please,
would you like to have a drink?"
"No", said the man, "one more coconut juice and I will
"It won't be coconut juice", the woman replied, "I have a still,
how about a Pina Colada?" Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man
accepted, and they sat down on her couch to talk. After a while, when they (15)
… (to exchange) their stories, the woman asked, "Tell me, have you always
had a beard?"
"No", the man replied, "I was clean shaven all of my life, and
even on the cruise ship"
"Well if you would like to shave, there is a man's razor upstairs in the
cabinet in the bathroom." So, the man, no longer questioning anything,
went upstairs to the bathroom. The man shaved, showered and went back down
"You look great", said the woman, "I think I will go up and slip
into something more comfortable." After a short time, the woman returned -
this time (16) … (to wear) fig leafs
strategically positioned and smelling faintly of gardenia.
"Tell me", she asked, "we have both been out here for a very
long time with no companionship. You know what I mean. Have you been lonely, is
there anything that you really miss? Something that all men and women need?
Something that it would be really nice to have right now?"
"Yes there is", the man replied, as he moved closer to the woman
while (17) … (to fix) a winsome gaze upon her, "Tell me ... Do you happen
to have an Internet connection?"
Keys (1) was
travelling; (2) was being waited; (3) came; (4) swept; (5) decided; (6) was
lying; (7) came; (8) had seen; (9) gave; (10) was waving; (11) did you come;
(12) had survived; (13) did you do; (14) woven; (15) had exchanged; (16) wearing;