Vocabulary Reading:


This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.

The Soldiers Return

It was a very emotional time when the soldiers came home after the war. No one was ashamed of them. They had fought courageously on the front lines. They were met by a cheering crowd. Anxious young women craned their necks trying to see the young man who had left them two years earlier. Grateful sighs of relief were heard as they spotted the man they loved confidently marching down the street. Then they joined the cheers of the crowd.

Everyone was relieved that the war was finally over, but many were sad and disappointed. Their son, their husband, or their fiance had not returned. They envied the others who were making merry. How they wished they could have their young man back instead of other people’s sympathy.

When life settled down and got back to ‘normal’, some of the young soldiers felt confused. In their heart of hearts they wondered why they had lived while others had died. They felt miserable and regretted not having done enough to save a comrade. Again and again in their dreams they relived the shock of seeing a comrade go down as they shamefully ran away in fright. They felt like cowards, but they were being treated like heroes. Could time ever heal their inward struggle?

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