I was shopping at a department store and had just got onto the down escalator(手扶电梯)when I noticed a woman standing to the side. She looked about 65, and her ___16___ told me she was scared. I turned ___17___ the woman and asked “Do you need any help?”
The woman remained silent. As the escalator continued moving, I heard the woman reply ___18___, “I’m afraid.” “Want me to come back and get you?” I called to her. She ___19___.
But by the time I reached her arm, the woman had reconsidered. “I don’t think I can do it,” she said. I suddenly realized that I had offered far greater help than I ___20___.
“I know we can do it,” I said. “I can hold on to you.” She looked down at the scary ___21___. Then her eyes came back to mine, looking doubtful. “This has never ___22___ me before,” she said, as much to herself as to me.
I took her ___23___. “Shall we?”
She made a little sound of ___24___ as we stepped on, but we’d passed the point of no return. To my joy, she ____25____ a little as the stairs moved us downward.
“I don’t understand this at all,” she said.
However, as we got near the ____26____, she felt scared again, but we did it.
“I’m so ____27____…” she began.
“It was nothing,” I said. “I was happy to do it.”
Happy, yes. I seldom help others. I am ____28____ because I care for a family and work full time. For a short moment, I seemed to understand ____29____ someone would become a nurse or a social worker or something else. Not only did I help the old lady get on the escalator, but also helped her ____30____ her fear. It was a much happier moment than I’d had in weeks.
16.A.age B.speech C.clothes D.expression
17.A.towards B.down C.against D.into
18.A.confidently B.softly C.excitedly D.calmly
19.A.cried B.laughed C.nodded D.shouted
20.A.accepted B.expected C.taught D.asked
21.A.door B.chair C.machine D.car
22.A.happened to B.turned to C.explained to D.got to
23.A.hand B.arm C.neck D.shoulder
24.A.happiness B.fear C.disappointment D.surprise
25.A.moved B.doubted C.worried D.relaxed
26.A.top B.store C.bottom D.lift
27.A.old B.afraid C.thankful D.hopeful
28.A.rich B.busy C.right D.happy
29.A.why B.how C.when D.where
30.A.see B.discuss C.describe D.overcome