Posted by: snaed | July 28, 2009

It’s About Time!

ANTILLO, ITALY. Vittoria Celemi and Sebastio Macaroni live in a small village in Sicily. They are in love. One day, Sebastio gives Vittoria an engagement ring and asks her to marry him. Vittoria accepts, but she adds, “Let’s wait to get married until we can afford the perfect wedding! We don’t have enough money now.”

Vittoria begins to shop for a wedding dress, and she soon finds the perfect one. It’s long, lacy, and beautiful. But it costs an arm and a leg! So Vittoria starts to save money. She makes a small payment every year. She saves up for 40 years!

At long last, after a 40-year engagement, Vittoria can buy the wedding dress. She and Sebastio decide to tie the knot. At the wedding, Vittoria looks beautiful in her dress. The newlyweds are in seventh heaven. They dance, drink champagne, and eat caviar. Afterward, they ride off in a horse-drawn carriage. Their friends watch them and think, “It’s about time!”

NEW IDIOMS AND EXPRESSIONS

  1. It’s about time! – It’s later than expected!
  2. be in love (with someone) – love (someone) strongly in a romantic way
  3. can afford something – have enough money to buy something
  4. cost an arm and a leg – be very expensive
  5. save up – keep money so one can use it later
  6. at long last – after a very long time; finally
  7. tie the knot – marry
  8. be in seventh heaven – be very happy

ABOUT THE STORY

1.  What does Vittoria say to Sebastio when he asks her to marry him?

2.  What do you think of Vittoria’s decision?

3.  How long does it take for the couple to tie the knot?

4.  How do the newlyweds feel?

ABOUT YOU

1.  Are you patient? Can you imagine waiting 40 years for anything? If so, what?

2.  Is it important to be in love when you get married? Explain your ideas.

3.  In your country, when a man wants to marry a woman, does he need to get permission from her parents? Does he give something to the woman or her family? Does the woman give something to the man or his family?

4.  Vittoria’s wedding dress cost an arm and a leg. Have you ever bought something that cost an arm and a leg? If so, what?

DIALOUGE

S: Eva, hi! What’s new?

E: Oh, hi, Stephanie. Guess what! Mario and I are going to get married in June!

S: Congratulations, it’s about time! You’ve been engaged for five years! I wasn’t sure you were ever going to tie the knot.

E: Yeah. I had cold feet.

S: But now you’re ready?

E: Yeah, I know Mario’s the one for me. I’m in seventh heaven!

S: Are you going to have a big wedding?

E: We don’t know yet. I hope so. If we can afford it, I’d like about 300 guests, a dance band, champagne…

S: Cool. I know a great band—the Hot Peppers. And they don’t cost an arm and leg.

E: Oh, really? I want to get the details, but I should go now. I’ll call you soon.

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