In the elevator
Man: Hey! Why did the elevator stop?
Woman: Beats me. Push the button for the first floor again.
Man: It's not working! Stupid elevator! It probably dates back to the time of the dinosaurs!
Woman: Calm down, sir. I'm sure the problem is not at all serious. Someone will fix it soon. we might as well just try to relax. There's nothing we can do.
Man: How can I relax? We're probably running out of air! I'm going to try and open that little door on the ceiling and climb out of here. Once I'm on top of the elevator, I'll have access to the cable and I can climb up to safety. I saw that in a movie.
Woman: I'm not going to lift you up there. Are you crazy?
Man: We can't just wait here to die!
Woman: Oh! See. The elevator is moving again. I knew the repair people wouldn't let us down.
Man: We're saved!
Idioms in Context
A man and his wife were on a short business trip to China. They had some free time one afternoon and thought they might as well see some sights. They signed up for a tour of a local temple. When they arrived, a monk came up to greet them. He told them that they would have access to special places in the temple. The couple hoped they would see some beautiful things and they were not let down.
The monk led the way to a small building. It was very dark inside. Then the monk lit a candle, inside there were many rare paintings and sculptures. The gold statues really stood out. The monk said that many of them dated back to the twelfth century. The monk put out the candle and they went outside again. After he shut the door, the monk asked, "Would you do us a favar? Would you write something in English for our future visitors?"
Of course, the couple did not have to think over the monk's request.
Not at all, the diplomat's wife said. "It will be our pleasure."
The monk quickly ran off to find something for the couple to write on.
Any idea what he wants us to write? asked the wife.
Beats me, her husband said.
Finally the monk came back with two pieces of wood .
The monk said, "Could you write the word 'ladies' on this piece of wood and 'gentlemen' on the other piece?"