His talking at his wife’s graveside is the news about their children and the new relationship between them and him. He really missed his wife.
Pre-reading Activities - Audiovisual supplement 2
Old Man: Well, it was a big trip. And if you ask me what I learned, I’d have to tell you I’m not sure. I know if I could do it all over again, I would ask less of the kids. As long as they were happy, that would be fine with me. I know I have to stop thinking of them as if they’re still children. I can’t tell them what to do anymore. They have to find their own way. And, sometimes you talked to me about things that I should have listened to you more carefully. You presented me with the details of our children’s lives, and I ... I ... I ignored them. And for that ... But that isn’t what you want to hear, I know. What you want is the news. Well,
the news is this. Robert, Amy and Rosie promised to visit me for the holidays, and you know what? This time I believe them. And David ... David ... I hope he’ll spend Christmas with you.
Both benefit equally in common areas like sex, companionship and shared work load. Husbands experience better overall health (live longer than if single), whereas a women’s greatest single gain is in money. Marriage will make both men and women richer because they become more efficient in
all areas of life! Two living together will not only save significantly by eliminating redundant expenses, but because of increased efficiency, make more money than they do living separately. Long-lasting marriages, some people suggest, is not a cause of financial success,
but an effect alongside of financial success. But the truth is that even taking this factor and the eliminating of redundant expenses into account, the institution of marriage itself provides a “wealth-generation bonus”. This bonus is above and beyond all other factors. God said marriage is good and good it is! Studies have shown, for example, that married men earn incomes 10-40% higher than their single counterparts.
Structural analysis 3
1. What does the author mean by “my stroke of luck”?
Marrying his wife had clearly been a stroke of luck for him, as became clear once again during the air crash crisis.
To enable the readers to see the many valuable qualities in his wife, or to show his wife’s unyielding character and willingness to help others.
Structural analysis 1
1. How are the events of the text arranged?
The account of the latest event is interrupted by a number of flashbacks (some earlier events and experiences). It begins with the air crash, and then it goes back to what had happened before. After this the author resumes the narration of the air crash and subsequent event.
Structural analysis 1
This part tells the readers what happens to the author and describes how his wife reacts to the accident.
It describes Anne’s good judgment on previous occasions and her experiences during the Second World War.
It tells the readers how the author met Anne, fell in love with her and eventually married her.
2. Divide the text into parts by completing the table.