Shut The Door: Past Simple (Level B1)
Jonathan Swift, though a good master, was very severe with his servants. The only two positive commands he had for them were to shut the door whenever they came in or went out of the room.
One day one of his servants asked permission to go to her sister’s wedding, to a place about ten miles distant. Swift not only agreed, but lent her one of his own horses, and ordered his servant to ride before her.
The girl went out of the room with great joy and forgot to shut the door after her. In a quarter of an hour after her departure Swift sent a servant after her to order her immediate return. The poor girl obeyed, and entering his room asked what her master wished. “Only shut the door’, said Swift, “and then continue your journey”.