Katherine walked into a newspaper office, and demanded to see the editor. Fortunately, the editor was passing the inquiry office when she asked for him. Seeing she was a girl of school age, he thought it might offer him an amusing five minutes between interviews.
Katherine was very rude to him when he told her they didn’t accept schoolgirls. She said she was surprised that the editor of a great London newspaper did not know how to behave like a gentleman. The editor sat back in his chair and laughed heartily. He had never been spoken to like that in his life. He rather liked it for its novelty. After some further conversation, in which Katherine attempted to persuade him that she could do anything he wanted, from writing a leading article to a serial story, she said: "I am not going to leave this room until you put me on the staff!“
Then the editor had to speak to her rather seriously, and told her what a great London newspaper meant to a girl and how utterly ignorant she was of everything that would make her useful as a journalist. Upon this Katherine burst into tears, and the editor, who had dismissed many men in the course of his career, walked up and down the room wondering what he could do for this extraordinary young girl whose tearful eyes were so full of disappointment.
"Look here," he said, "if you come to me in two years’ time, with a knowledge of shorthand, and if you promise not to shed tears on my blotting paper, I will give you something to do."
"Really? If you don’t mind, I’ll have it in black and white," said the girl.
The editor was startled. He began to think that this young girl was not so young as she looked. He drafted out an agreement for her on the lines laid down with a great deal of solemnity(严肃)which he found quite amusing, for he was confident that the young girl might quite as well change her mind or would be engaged to a nice boy long before the agreement took effect.
1. The real reason why the editor decided to interview the girl was that he ______.
A. heard her asking for him B. was not very busy
C. thought it would amuse him D. liked to work with young girls
【精析】Seeing she was a girl of school age, he thought it might offer him an amusing five minutes between interviews.故选C.
2. "He rather liked it for its novelty" means he liked it because it was ______.
A. unusual B. pleasant C. courageous D. friendly
【精析】He had never been spoken to like that in his life. He rather liked it for its novelty.根据上下文推测只有unusual正确。
3. The editor walked up and down the room, because he was ______.
A. rather angry with her
B. afraid other people would hear her crying
C. not sure whether he should dismiss her or not
D. trying to make a decision
【精析】walked up and down the room wondering what he could do for this extraordinary young girl whose tearful eyes were so full of disappointment.此题要读出wondering后面的意思，因此选D.
4. As their conversation continued, the editor ______.
A. changed his opinion of the girl B. grew tired of her
C. became annoyed D. thought she was too uneducated
【精析】The editor was startled. He began to think that this young girl was not so young as she looked. 从编辑见到这个女孩刚开始的应付状态，到最后这个编辑对女孩的谈吐很吃惊，考虑给她一个答复，可以看出编辑逐步改变对这个女孩的认识及看法。
5. When the editor drafted out the agreement for the girl, he ______.
A. hoped that this would please the girl
B. wished that it would take effect soon
C. adopted a rather serious attitude
D. didn‘t mean what he wrote
【精析】文章最后结尾for he was confident that the young girl might quite as well change her mind or would be engaged to a nice boy long before the agreement took effect. 表明了D的意思。