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“Interesting party,” I said. “I wish I had this many friends, but I don’t think I really fit in here.”

Pierre’s eyes briefly met mine. “You know, I was just thinking the same thing. I don’t believe I can relate to any of these people whatsoever” he said.

“What? I thought this was your party?” I asked.

“Why, heavens no! I’m just the doorman!” exclaimed Pierre.

Questions:

  • 1.

    What are the people at the dinner party like?

  • 2.

    What does the protagonist think Pierre is doing at the party?

  • 3.

    What is Pierre really doing at the party?

Vocabulary:

To find word definitions: First, find the word in the advanced version of the story. Then, compare this part of the advanced version of the story to the same part of the basic version of the story. This will give you a general definition of the word.

  • 1.

    What does pretentiousmean? (paragraph 1, sentence 2)

  • 2.

    What does classymean? (paragraph 2, sentence 1)

  • 3.

    What does “gazing” mean? (paragraph 2, sentence 2)

  • 4.

    What does “swirledmean? (paragraph 2, sentence 1)

  • 5.

    What does “briefly” mean? (paragraph 4, sentence 1)

  • 6.

    What does “relate” mean? (paragraph 4, sentence 3)

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