The Cold Hand

Reading

Paul is a cab driver. He drives all night long to support his two daughters who go to college. Although Paul gets tired sometimes, his love for his children keeps him on the go.

Paul drives along Elm Road one night. This place is known to be haunted by spirits and ghosts. He doesn’t have a choice but to pass through it. It is the only way he can reach his frequent customer’s house.

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While he drives, Paul suddenly feels a cold hand touch his shoulders. Paul is afraid, but he just keeps on driving.

The hand touches his hand then his head. This time, Paul is already frightened. The invisible hand takes the wheel and drives the car to a place Paul doesn’t know. He doesn’t have any control of the cab.

Finally, he reaches a small house. He hears a woman screaming from inside. Paul goes to the house and sees a woman who is about to give birth. She is alone in that house. Paul hurriedly carries the woman to the cab and drives to the nearest hospital. The woman gives birth safely.

Paul still wonders who touched him. Other cab drivers say that the woman’s husband had a car accident on that road and died.

Paul is happy to help someone. It is an unforgettable experience.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why did Paul drive along Elm Road?
  2. What did he feel while he was driving?
  3. How did he reach the small house?
  4. What did he find in the house?
  5. What did Paul do to save the woman?

Discussion Points

  1. Do you believe in ghosts and spirits?
  2. What would you do if something invisible touched you like what happened to Paul?
  3. Have you helped someone before? If yes, how?

Vocabulary

Matching Type

____1. on the go a. scared
____2. frequent b. cannot be seen
____3. frightened c. very active
____4. invisible d. cannot be forgotten
____5. unforgettable e. almost always

 

Completing Sentences

His children keep Paul __________. One night he goes to his ______customer’s house. Paul is ________ because an _________ hand touches him. It was an ___________ experience.