Our Lady of the City – Interactive Story – Past Simple Tense

irp

There was a city. It was a big city.

Do you live in a big city?

It was the capital city. It was the capital of the country.

Do you live in the capital city of your country?

It was very big and it was very beautiful.

Is your city beautiful?

It was beautiful but it was also ugly.

Is your city ugly?

It was beautiful and ugly at the same time.

Is your city beautiful and ugly at the same time?

There was a young woman. She was in the city.

Are you in your home city now?

She was very young. She was far from home. She was in the city and she was very far from home.

Are you far from home?

She was not from the city.

Are you from this city?

She was from somewhere else. She was from another place.

Are you from another city?

She was from the countryside.

Are you from the countryside?

She was from a farm.

Are you from a farm?

She was in the big city but she was from the country.

Are you from the country?

She was alone. She was all alone.

Are you alone?

She was all alone and she was very far from home. She was all alone and she was very far from home and she was lonely.

Are you lonely?

She lived in the city. She stayed there with her grandmother.

Do you live with your grandmother?

She came originally from a village in the countryside. She came originally from a village in the countryside but she lived in the city. She lived in the city with her grandmother. Her grandmother was very poor.

Is your grandmother rich?

The young woman did not have a job. She did not have a job. She wanted a job but she did not have a job. She looked for a job. She looked everywhere. She looked everywhere for a job. She looked everywhere for a job but she could not find one. She was unemployed. She was jobless.

Do you have a job?

She did not have a job and she did not have a family.

Do you come from a big family?

She was an orphan.

Are you an orphan?

She only had her grandmother. She had her. That was good. She had her. She had her although she was old and sick and very poor. She was old and sick and very poor. That was bad.

Are you in good health?

She had her grandmother. That was good. That was good but that was all. She did not have anybody else.

Do you have two grandmothers?

The young woman did not have a house. She did not have an apartment. She did not have a place to live.

Do you live in an apartment?

She did not have any friends.

Do you have a lot of friends?

She only had her grandmother. She stayed with her grandmother. She did not have a place to live except her grandmother’s room. She stayed with her grandmother in one room. They lived in the same room. It was a very small room.

Do you live in a small room?

The grandmother was very poor. She was very poor and she was ill. She was very ill. She as very ill and she wanted medicine.

Are you a pharmacist?

She wanted medicine. She needed medicine. She did not have money.

Are you well off?

She did not have any money. She needed money to buy medicine. She needed money to buy medicine but she did not have any money. She did not have any.

Are you short of money?

Actually she had a little. She had a little. She had a little but it was not enough. She had a little money but it was not enough.

Do you have enough money?

She had a little money but it was not enough to buy medicine. She did not have enough money to buy medicine. She did not have enough money to buy food.

Are you hungry?

She did not have enough. She had to do without.

Was she hungry?

The young woman wanted to help her grandmother. She wanted to help her grandmother. She wanted to help her. She wanted to help her but she could not.

Do you help your grandmother?

She wanted to find a job. She wanted to find a job to get some money. She wanted to find a job to get some money to help. She wanted to find a job to get some money to help her grandmother.

Does money always help?

She wanted to find a job to get some money to help her grandmother but she could not. She could not do it. She could not find a job. She could not find one.

Is it difficult to find a job?

This made her sad. It made her sad. She was sad. She was very sad.

Do you feel sad?

The grandmother was very old.

How old are you?

Use Your Imagination! – Imagine the answer – Say it aloud!!

She was very old and she was very poor.

How old was she?

She was sick. She was sick and she could not afford medicine.

Can you afford medicine?

She wanted to buy medicine but she did not have enough money.

Could she afford medicine?

The young woman was sad.

Did she cry?

She went out into the street.

Was the street busy?

She walked along the street.

Was it a narrow street?

She felt sad. She felt very sad. She started to cry. She started to cry in the street.

Do you sometimes start to cry in the street?

She cried in the street. She stood in the street and cried. She stood there and she cried. She cried and cried. She cried and cried and cried and cried.

She cried tears of pity.

Do you pity her?

She cried tears of prayer.

Do you pray five times a day?

She cried tears of worry.

Was she worried about her grandmother?

She cried tears of desperation.

Did she feel desperate?

Nobody heard her. Nobody stopped.

Do you have to stop at a stop sign on a bicycle?

Many people saw her. Many people looked at her.

Did she have glasses on?

Nobody stopped. Many people saw her and looked at her but nobody stopped. Everybody was busy. All of the people were busy. They were busy. They were too busy.

Are you busy at work at the moment?

In the centre of the city there was a river.

Is there a river in your city?

In the river there was an island.

Was it a big island?

The woman walked to the river.

Did she walk quickly?

She walked, weeping, through the streets.
She walked weeping through the streets to the river.

There was an island in the river. There was a bridge to the island. It was the island of the city. It was very famous. Many rich people lived there. The woman crossed the bridge.

Do you live there?

She crossed the bridge.

Do you know the bridge?

She crossed the bridge to the island. She crossed the bridge to the island of the city.

What is the name of the bridge?

There was a large square on the island in the river in the middle of the city.

What is the name of the square?

The woman walked to the square.
She walked to the square on the island.
She walked to the square on the island in the river.
She walked to the square on the island in the river in the middle of the city.

Do you live near a large square?

She crossed the bridge to the Island of the City and she walked to the square on the island in the river in the middle of the city.

There was a church in the square.

Is there a church near your house?

The woman stood in the square. She looked at the church. She went inside. She looked at the church and then she went inside. She went up to the alter. She knelt down. She knelt down and prayed. She prayed to god.

A priest saw her. He saw her. He admired her. He saw her and he watched her. He saw her and he watched her and he admired her.

Do you watch a lot of television?

She was very beautiful. The priest desired her.

What is the difference between love and desire?

He was corrupt.

Is political corruption a problem in your country?

He was a corrupt priest.

Are there stories about corrupt priests in the newspapers?

He desired her and he watched her.

Do you have a rolex?

He watched her for a long time.

Does your watch keep good time?

The desire burned. The desire burned like a fire.

Is fire dangerous?

The desire burned like the flames of a fire. The flames of the fire flickered.

Is fire beautiful?

The flames flickered and quivered. The priest quivered.

Did he quiver like a leaf?

The priest quivered with desire. He quivered with desire. His desire burned like a fire.

Are you hot?

The priest spoke to the woman.

Are you a good public speaker?

She listened.

Are you a good listener?

He asked her about her life.

Ain’t life grand? – Life is good, isn’t it?

She told him about her grandmother.

Tell me about your grandmother!

He gave her money.

Will you give me all your money?

She returned to her grandmother’s room.

Do you have your own room?

Her grandmother was in bed.

Are you in bed right now?

Her body was cold.

Are you cold?

She was dead.

Is Elvis dead?

The grandmother was dead. It was too late.

What time is it?

The young woman was very sad. She was grief-stricken. She was alone.

Are you alone now?

She cried and cried and cried. She cried with desperation. She cried with misery.

Do you feel miserable?

She went out into the street. She saw the landlord.

Do you have a landlord?

He locked the door.

Was it a metal door?

A man took her grandmother’s body to the morgue.

How do you say “morgue” in your language?

The young woman walked in the street. She walked in the street.

Do you have a dog?

She walked through the street.

Is there a public toilet near here?

She walked through the streets and she wept. She wept a river of tears.

Do you live near the river?

Her tears flowed. They flowed and flowed and flowed and flowed.

Do you want to cry?

The young woman was alone. She was alone. She was completely alone. She was completely and utterly alone. She was totally alone. She was totally alone in the world. She was alone and she was homeless.

Everyone is alone, aren’t they?

Actually she had a little money. She had a little money.

What currency do they use in your country?

She was homeless but she had a little money.

You are not homeless are you?

She had a little money from the priest. She went to the bakery. She bought some bread.

Do you prefer rice or bread?

The bread was fresh.

Where do you buy fresh vegetables?

It was hot.

Do you like hot bread?

It was very good. The young woman ate it.

What did you have for lunch?

She ate the bread. She ate the bread and she enjoyed it. She ate the bread and she enjoyed it although she was very sad.

Do you lose your appetite sometimes?

She ate as she walked.
She walked while eating.
She ate while walking.

Do you walk and eat at the same time?

The woman bought a bottle of milk.

Are you a milk drinker?

It was sweet.

Do you have a sweet tooth?

She drank it. She drank it and enjoyed it. It tasted good.

Do you drink alcohol?

Bread tastes good.

Do you like wholemeal bread?

Milk tastes good.

Do you like cheese?

They taste good.

Good food is important, isn’t it?

The woman walked to the river. She went to the bridge. She walked on to the bridge. She walked on to the bridge but she did not cross it. She stood in the middle of the bridge. She stood in the middle of the bridge and she looked at the water.

Are you thirsty?

The water flowed.
The water flowed past her.
The water flowed on past her.

Do you sit by the river sometimes?

Life flowed on.
Life flowed on past.
Life flowed on past her.

Is your life happy?

The young woman wept. Her tears dropped into the river. She prayed. She prayed silently.

Is there a prayer room near here?

Suddenly the woman felt guilty. She felt guilty.

Is guilt productive?

She was late. She was too late. Her grandmother was dead. The medicine did not save her. There was not enough time. The priest gave her the money but she was too slow. She was not fast enough. Now she had money. She had money for bread and milk. She had money for bread and milk but her grandmother was dead. She was gone. She was dead. She was not here anymore. She was not here.

Can you relate to her feeling?

The young woman went to the church. She saw the priest. She spoke to him. He touched her. He touched her hand.

Do you have rings on your fingers?

He gave her money. He gave her more money.

What currency was it?

He desired her.

Is desire like fire?

He wanted her.

What do you want in life?

He wanted her love.

Is love important?

He offered her money. He offered her money for love.

Are you a prostitute?

She refused. She refused him. The woman ran out of the church. She ran into the street.

Were there cafes and restaurants in the street?

The priest was angry. He was angry. He was very angry.

Do you often get angry?

He called his servant. He was angry and he called his servant.

Can anger be healthy?

His servant was an ugly monster.

Do you think appearances are important and the face is a window to the soul?

The ugly monster was fat.

Was he on a diet?

His teeth were crooked.

Did he have braces?

His skin was blotched.

Did he have acne?

His breath was bad.

Did you clean your teeth this morning?

His eyes were bloodshot.

Do you drink tomato juice?

His hair was greasy.

Do you like fish and chips?

He had blotched skin, crooked teeth, bad breath, bloodshot eyes, greasy hair and he was fat but he had a kind heart.

Do you eat offal?

He had a kind heart and a good sense of humour.

Do you like liver pate or fried kidneys?

He was a beautiful compassionate human being.

Is the passion fruit flower the most complex and beautiful flower in the world?

The beautiful compassionate ugly monster was the servant of the corrupt priest.

Is religion important for you?

He was his servant.

Is the service good at McDonald’s?

He was his general handyman.

Are you handy around the house?

He did everything. He did everything for the priest. He did everything and anything for the priest. He did anything and everything for the priest.

Are you a good general handyman?

The priest said “Chase her!”

Are you a fox-hunting enthusiast?

He said: “Catch her.”

Is it easy to catch fish?

He said: “Lock her up.”

Is there a lock on your heart?

He said: “Lock her up in the belltower.”

Who wrote jingle bells?

The monster said “Why?”

The priest said “She is in danger.”

Is alcohol dangerous?

The monster obeyed him.
The monster always obeyed him.

Do you always obey your parents?

The monster believed him.
The monster always believed him.

Do you always believe your parents?

The priest was the monster’s master. The monster did everything for the priest. The monster followed the woman.

Do you follow women in the street?

The monster followed her.

The woman was in the street. The woman was in the street near the square.

Are you a square?

She ran out of the church.
She ran out of the church into the square.
She ran out of the church into the square then she ran across the square.
She ran across the square.
She ran across the square and into the streets.

Do you jog?

She ran across the square and into the streets of the Island. She followed one street. She followed one street until she came to the bridge.

Do you live near a bridge?

There was a small shrine beside the bridge. It was a roadside shrine. It was a shrine to our Lady of the City.

Is there a shrine near your house?

Our lady of the city is an angel. She protects the city.

There was a statue inside the shrine. It was a statue of a woman.

The young woman looked at the statue of the woman. She looked at the statue of the angel.

Do angels always have wings?

She felt something.
She felt something stirring.
She felt something in her heart.

Do you stir up trouble at school?

She felt something. She felt it. She really felt it.

How do you feel?

Then she saw the monster. She saw the monster and she was afraid.

Is fear healthy?

The monster followed her.

Can you follow directions?

He listened to the priest. He obeyed the priest. He obeyed the corrupt priest.

Is there a lot of emphasis on obedience at high schools in your country?

He followed the woman. He chased her.

Did he run?

The woman saw the monster.

Did she hear him coming before she saw him?

She was afraid. He tried to talk. The monster tried to talk.

Does too much talking make you nervous?

She did not listen. The woman did not listen. She ran away. She ran away from him. She ran away from the monster.

Do you jog?

She saw the monster and she ran away from him.
She saw the monster but she ran away from him.
She saw the monster and the monster tried to talk to her but she ran away from him.
The monster tried to talk to her but she ran away from him.

Did she cry out as she ran?

She ran into a tavern.

Is there a pub or a tavern near your house?

It was noisy. It was very noisy.

Does constant loud noise bother you?

It was crowded. It was very crowded. There were lots of people.

Do you feel uncomfortable in crowds?

There were lots and lots of people. There were lots of them.

Did they have body odour?

There were lots of people and there were lots of soldiers.

Did you do military service?

There were soldiers and there were dancing girls and there were popcorn sellers and there were noodle stands and there were hamburger stands and there were jugs of beer and wine.

Does it sound like fun to you?

Everybody was drunk.

The monster did not go inside. He stayed outside.

Are you an outdoors type of person?

He stood outside. He stood outside and waited.

Do you work as a waiter?

He waited for the young woman.

The young woman was inside the tavern. She saw a handsome soldier.

Are soldiers more popular than sailors?

The young girl saw a soldier. She saw a handsome soldier. He bought a drink. He bought her a drink. He bought a drink for himself. He bought a drink for her. He bought a drink for her and also another one for himself.

Did he buy drinks for other people too?

There were some musicians in the tavern.

Are you a musician?

There were some musicians. There were three of them.

Were they a string quartet?

There were three musicians. They started to play. They played slowly.

Do you prefer slow music or fast music?

They played slowly at first. They played slowly at first but then they played faster.

Does your mood change like the wind sometimes?

They played faster. They played faster and faster.

Do you drive too fast?

They played faster and faster and faster.

The soldier took the woman by the hand.

Do you have sharp fingernails?

The woman looked at him.

Do you need glasses?

She put down her drink.

Did she finish it first?

She put it on the table.

Was it a large table?

She put it on the table then she stepped away from the table.

Do you have stepson?

She stepped away from the table and into the middle of the room. She stepped into the middle of the room.

Where is Middlesex?

She stepped into the middle of the room and she began to dance.

Do you like ballet?

She began to dance.

Did she spin around?

She began to dance with the soldier. She took his hands.

Were his hands rough?

He took her hands.

Were his hands clean?

He spun her around. She spun him around. He spun her around and around and around.

Did you ever spin around and around and around when you were a kid?

She spun him around and around and around.

Did you play with a spinning top, as a child?

The young woman could dance. She was a good dancer. She was a really good dancer.

Did she have strong ankles?

The soldier was a good dancer too. He could also dance. He could also dance quite well. He was a good dancer.

Did he have boots on?

The soldier and the woman danced well. They danced well together.

Did she have a pretty dress on?

They suited each other.

Do you have a suit on?

They matched each other.

Do you have a box of matches?

They were good dancers.

Was there prize for the best dancer in the tavern?

Everybody watched. Everybody watched them. Everybody watched the soldier and the woman.
Everybody watched the soldier and the woman dance.
Everybody watched the soldier and the woman dancing.
Everybody watched them dancing.
They watched them dancing.

Do you prefer television or radio?

The people liked the dancing. The crowd liked the dancing. They liked it.

Do you like to watch dancing?

Some people threw coins. They threw money. They threw coins at the soldier and the woman.

Are there any coins in your pocket?

They threw coins at them.
They threw coins at them as they danced.
They threw coins at them as they danced around and around.

The three musicians played fasted. The musicians played faster. They played faster and faster. They played faster and faster and faster.

Did they play until breakfast-time?

The soldier and the woman danced faster.

Did they spin around?

The musicians played faster.
The soldier and the woman danced faster and the musicians played faster.
The soldier and the woman whirled around. They spun around. They spun around and around.

Did the musicians spin around and dance as they played?

The people threw coins.

Were they valuable coins?

The coins fell on the floor.

Was it a wooden floor?

The coins spun through the air.

Was the air full of tobacco smoke?

The coins spun through the air and fell on the floor.

Did they make a sound?

The coins spun through the air and then fell on the floor and spun around and around and around on the floor.

Did they roll under the table?

They spun around on the floor. They spun around and around and around and around.

Did any of them roll out the door?

The soldier and the woman danced. They spun around. They whirled around. The coins spun around.

Do you collect coins?

They whirled around.

Would you like to travel around the world?

They danced around.

The people spun around. They whirled around. They danced around. Everybody danced. Everybody spun. Everybody whirled.

Do you believe in world peace?

Everybody was happy.

Is it possible to be happy all the time?

Outside the monster stood in the street.

Was it a cobble-stoned street?

He was not happy. He did not dance.

Did he have a bad leg?

He did not laugh.

Is laughter the best medicine?

He did not have any friends.

How many really close friends do you have?

He stayed at the church.

Is there a church near your house?

He stayed at the church with the priest. He stayed at the church with the priest and he rang the bells.

Do you have an alarm clock or do you use your telephone?

He rang the bells. He rang the bells for the church. He was the bell ringer.

Do you have any rings on your fingers?

He was the church bell ringer.

He was the church bell ringer at the church of our lady on the island.
He was the church bell ringer at the church of our lady of the city on the island.
He was the church bell ringer at the church of our lady of the city on the island in the middle of the river.
He was the church bell ringer at the church of our lady of the city on the island in the middle of the river in the middle of the city.

He rang the bells there. He rang them every day.

Is it night-time or day-time where you are now?

The woman left the tavern. She walked through the street. She walked away from the tavern. She saw the monster. She ran away. He followed her. He chased her.
He chased her to the river.

Did he chase her along the river?

He chased her past the shrine.
He chased her past the shrine of our lady of the city.
He chased her past the shrine of our lady of the city to the river.
He chased her to the river.

He howled.

Do you howl at full moon?

He howled as he chased her.

He could not speak clearly.

Could you speak a little more clearly please?

He had a terrible speech impediment. He had barely intelligible pronunciation.

How is your pronunciation?

Nobody could understand him.

How did he feel?

He tried to speak.

Did he whisper?

He tried to speak but he could not.

Did he have a sore throat?

He could howl but he could not speak. He howled. He howled and howled. He howled and howled and howled and howled.

Which animal howls at the moon?

He howled as he ran to the river.
As he ran to the river, he howled.
He ran howling to the river.

He found her by the river.
He found her by the river near the shrine.
He found her by the river near the shrine to our lady.
He found her by the river near the shrine to our lady of the city.

She tried to run.
She tried to run but he grabbed her.

Did he have strong hands?

He grabbed her.

Did he hurt her?

He took her to the church. He grabbed her and he took her to the church. The soldier saw him.

Did he shout out?

The soldier took out his weapon.

Was it a sword?

He followed the monster. He called out. He called out to stop. He called out to the monster to stop.

Did he say: “please”?

He called out to the monster to stop but the monster did not stop. He did not stop. The monster did not stop.

The soldier attacked. The soldier attacked the monster. He struck the monster. He struck the monster with his weapon. He struck him with his weapon. He struck him with it.

Did he strike hard?

He dealt him a blow.

Was it a hard blow?

He dealt him a blow with his weapon.

Did he grit his teeth as he struck?

The monster deflected it. He deflected it. He deflected the weapon. He deflected the blow of the weapon. He deflected its blow. He deflected the blow.

Did he deflect it with his hand?

The monster stepped back. He stepped back. He released the woman.

Who sings “Please release me“?

The monster released the woman. The woman ran to the soldier.

Who sings: “Run to me“?

He grabbed her. He clutched her.

Does your car have a clutch?

He held her to his breast.

Do you have silicon breast implants?

She hung on to him. He hung on to her.

Does the State of Texas still hang people?

She hung on to him and he hung on to her.

Who sings: “Baby, hold on”?

She hung on to him and he hung on to her and he did not let go and she did not let go. He hung on to her and she hung on to him and they did not let go. They did not let go. They held on. They held on tight.

Do you know the song: “Hold me tight”?

They held on for dear life.

The monster took another step. He took another step back. The soldier looked at him. He glared at him. He raised his hand. His weapon was in his hand.

Was it his right hand?

He raised his hand with his weapon in it. The monster took another step back. Then he took another one and another one. He did not approach. He did not attack. He retreated. He retreated into the night.

Was it a hot night?

The soldier rescued the woman. He rescued the woman. He rescued her. He took her away. He took her away to his room. He took her away to his room in a hotel.

Was it a first class hotel?

The room was on the ground floor. There was a window. There was a window in the room.

Were there shutters on the windows?

The window looked out on the street. It looked out onto the street.

Was the street busy?

The soldier took the woman to his room. He lay her on his bed.

Are you familiar with the classic Dylan song: Lay lady Lay?

The woman lay on the bed. She looked out the window. She saw the face of the priest.

Are you religious?

She saw the face of the evil priest. She saw the face of the corrupt priest.

Is corruption a problem in your country?

The monster went to the church. He found the priest. He told him everything.

Do you tell your parents everything?

The priest went to the tavern.

Did he have a pint?

Then he went to the hotel. He went to the tavern and then he went to the hotel. The evil priest went to the tavern and then he went to the hotel. He looked in the window.

Was it open?

He looked in the window of the soldier’s room. He looked in the window of the soldier’s room and he saw the woman.

Was she on the bed?

He looked in the window of the soldier’s room and he saw the woman on the bed. He saw the soldier and the woman. He was jealous.

Is jealousy painful?

He was angry.

Is anger unhealthy?

He was frustrated.

Is “frustration” the name of a perfume?

He quivered with desire.

“Desire” is the name of a perfume, isn’t it?

He quivered with frustration.

Did Robin hood carry his arrows in a quiver?

He quivered with anger.

The priest murdered the soldier.

Does murder carry the death penalty?

The evil priest murdered the poor soldier.
The corrupt priest killed the poor soldier.
He killed him.
He killed him with a knife.

Was it a sharp knife?

He killed the soldier with a knife then he grabbed the woman.

Do he grab her by the neck?

He grabbed the woman and he dragged her outside.

He accused her of murder.
He accused her of the murder.
He accused her of the murder of the soldier.
He accused her of the murder of the soldier and he called the police. He called the police.

Are the police reliable in your city?

He murdered the soldier then he called the police.
He accused the woman of the murder of the soldier.
The police arrested the woman. They arrested her. They arrested her and they took her away.

Did they handcuff her?

They took her away to the station.

Did they take her to the railway station?

They took her to the police station.

The soldier was dead.

Do you believe in ghosts?

His body was cold.

Do you eat a lot of ice-cream?

His limbs were stiff.

Do you have stiff shoulders?

He was dead. He was a captain.

Is a captain more important than a major?

He was important. He was important and he was popular.

Is Elvis popular in your city?

He was important and he was popular because he was a good man.

Was he an Elvis impersonator?

He was a very good man. Everybody loved him. He was very popular. He was very popular but now he was dead.

Is Elvis dead?

The people loved him.

Did they love him more than they loved Elvis?

They were sad. They talked about it and they were sad.

What is the difference between happiness and sadness?

They were sad and they were angry. They were sad and they were angry and they talked about it.

They talked and they cried and they shouted. The priest said “She killed him for money”.

Was he a liar?

The people were angry. The people went to the police station. They grabbed the woman.

Did they beat her up?

They took her to the hanging post.

Did they take her to the post office?

They tied her up. They put a rope around her neck.

Did she have a beautiful neck?

They strung her up. They tied one end of the rope to her neck and the other end of the rope to the post.

Can you tie a knot?

Then somebody began to pull her up the post by the neck.

Are you a murderer?

The monster loved the woman.

Is love a rainbow?

He swung down on a rope.

Was it a handmade rope?

He grabbed her. He rescued her. He saved her. He took her to the church. He took her to the belltower. He took her to the roof of the belltower.

Does your roof leak?

He locked the door. Nobody could come in.

The police could not come in.
The soldiers could not come in.
The police and soldiers could not come in.

Were there any special forces soldiers in that city?

The woman was safe. The woman was safe with the monster. The woman was safe in the belltower with the monster.

Do you know the album: Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield?

The church had a special power.

What powers does superman have?

It had a special power.

Does the Vatican have special power nowadays?

The church had a special jurisdiction.

Can New York police arrest a man in California?

The church was a sanctuary.

Do you know the idea of sanctuary from the film, Logan’s Run?

The soldiers could not enter the church.

Was there a “no entry” sign?

The police could not enter the church.

Did they have uniforms on?

The woman and the monster were safe in the belltower.

Is road safety a big issue in your society?

The woman and the monster were safe in the belltower of the church of our lady.

Where is the “ladies”?

The woman had a scar on her neck.

Did she have any other scars?

The woman had a scar on her neck from the rope.

Is rope thicker than string?

The monster took care of her.

Are you a nurse?

The monster caught pigeons on the roof and cooked them.

Are pigeons just flying rats?

He had an immense supply of bread in the room.

Can you bake bread?

There was rainwater in tanks on the roof.

Is rainwater safe to drink?

The priest knocked on the door but the monster refused to open it.

Is there a doorman in your building?

The woman was scared. In fact she was terrified.

Did terrorists bomb the World Trade Center?

She began to cry.

Crying is a good release, isn’t it?

The monster opened a bottle of red wine.

Did he have a corkscrew?

There were bottles of red wine in the belltower.

Do you have a wine cellar?

He gave the woman a glass of wine.

Do you drink straight from the bottle sometimes?

She drank it. It was very good. She felt drunk. She felt happy. She started to laugh.

Is laughter the best medicine?

She stopped crying and she started to laugh. She laughed and laughed. She laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed.

Did she laugh hysterically?

The priest was outside.

Are you outside now?

He heard laughing.

Did it frustrate him more?

He banged on the door.

Did he bag with his fists?

He shouted.

Did he swear?

He threatened.

Did he scream?

He cried.

Did he laugh hysterically?

He begged.

Are there beggars at the main station in your city?

The monster did not listen.

Do you have a hearing problem?

He did not open the door.

Do you open the door to strangers late at night?

The woman fell asleep.

How many hours per night do you need?

The monster made a fire.

Are you in the local fire brigade?

He cooked a pigeon.

Did he use charcoal?

He made a fire and he cooked a pigeon.

Did he roast it?

It tasted good. It tasted like chicken.

Is roast chicken expensive?

The woman woke up.

Are you awake?

She was hungry.

Do you have a big appetite?

She ate the pigeon meat.

Are you a big eater?

It was delicious.

Do you eat a lot of meat?

The monster was a good cook.

Are you?

The woman drank some water. The priest banged on the door. The monster did not open the door. The woman did not open the door. The soldiers did not come. The police did not come. The monster and the woman were safe.

What is the safest country in the world?

They were safe in the belltower.

Would you like to live in an ivory tower?

They were safe in the belltower in the church.

What is the most dangerous country in the world?

They were safe in the belltower in the church in the square.
They were safe in the belltower in the church in the square on the island.

Would you like to live on an island?

They were safe in the belltower in the church in the square on the island in the river.

Do you live on an island?

They were safe in the belltower in the church in the square on the island in the river in the middle of the city.

Do you live in the middle of the city?

The next day the sun shone in the window.

Do you know the song: “Sunshine on my Shoulders” by John Denver?

It shone in the window.
It shone in the window and lit up the room.

Do you live in a sunny room?

It shone in the window and lit up the room and woke the woman.
It shone in the window and lit up the room and woke the woman up.
It shone in the window and lit up the room and woke the woman and the monster.
It shone in the window and lit up the room and woke the woman and the monster up.

The monster made some tea.

Was it Chinese tea?

He gave the woman some bread.

Was it a baguette?

He took her outside.

Are you an outdoors type of person?

He took her outside to the roof.

He showed her the city. He showed her the city below. He pointed things out.

Did he point out the hanging post?

He pointed out buildings.

Did he point out the river?

He pointed out buildings and landmarks.

Did he point out the shrine to our lady?

He pointed out buildings and landmarks and the river.

Do you prefer to swim at the beach or in a river?

The monster was a poet.

Do you write poetry?

He could not speak but he could write.

Who is your favourite writer?

He could write poetry. He wrote poetry. He had an ugly body but he had a beautiful soul.

Did he have straight teeth?

The woman fell in love with him.

Does love exist?

Every day the monster rang the bells.

Was he happy?

The priest did not come.

Are you a priest?

The soldiers did not come.

Are you a soldier?

The police did not come.

Are you a police officer?

Nobody came. The woman and the monster lived in the belltower. The monster rang the bells. The monster made meals for the priest.

What did you have for dinner last night?

He locked the door of the belltower and went to the kitchen and made meals for the priest.

Did he make tasty food?

He made meals for the priest.

Did he make a lot of fried food?

He made meals for the priest and he rang the bells but he did not open the door to the belltower. He did not give up the woman. He kept her in the belltower. She was safe in the belltower. The woman slept in the belltower. She slept in the belltower and the monster prepared her meals. She never left. She never went outside. She could not go outside.

One day the woman woke up. She woke up and looked out the window. She looked out the window and she looked down. She looked down at the square. She looked down at the square below. She looked down at the square below and she looked at the hanging post. She remembered the soldier. She remembered the crowd. She remembered the hanging post. She still had a scar on her neck. She remembered the rescue. She remembered the priest and the monster. Now the monster was her whole her life.

Do you believe in life after death?

She saw only him. She never saw anybody else. She saw only him.

How are your eyes?

She stayed in the belltower of the church with the monster and she saw only him and she prayed to our lady of the city.

Do you say your prayers every night?

The woman lived in the belltower for her whole life with the monster. Some people say she is not dead. Some people say “She is still there in the belltower with the poetic monster.” Some say: “She was really our lady of the city.”

Do you worship the virgin Mary?

At night sometimes people see her in the streets near the river or near the church. She is our lady of the city. People say that. She is our Lady of the City. She brings good luck. She is our lady of the city.

Do you believe in angels?

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks

4 Responses to “Our Lady of the City – Interactive Story – Past Simple Tense”

Read below or add a comment...

  1. Rafael Alban says:

    I don’t kwon this History on Lady…

  2. Kam Tola says:

    i love this story and it can make me feel better and i can practice more english reading too

    thanks for allow me read your story send me more than this !!!

  3. Mohammed Ali Jaffer says:

    It is really an exciting story. I learned a number of vocabulary .

    The story is written in avery simple language(past tense)

    I think this is an excellent way of teaching the grammer through reading story.

    I am seeking to receive more of simillar stories

    Thanks,

  4. Paschoal Mario says:

    I thank you for this excellent lesson.
    P Mario

Leave A Comment...

*