At the Arts and Crafts Store
Don’t you think we could use one to decorate our room？
Artistic tapestry is the highest form of expression of the rug weaving art，an exquisite handicraft of superb artistry in typical Chinese style.
Is this the marvellous landscape in Guilin？
What a lovely tapestry！
Which do you prefer，the linen one，the figured dacron or the brocade？
You haven’t anything cheaper，have you？
Please have a look at the handembroldered one with anew design of bamboo.
What fine needlework！
Are you being served，sir？
I’d like to buy a medium－sized cloisonne vase with alight blue background.
617. I’m sorry，sir. They are sold out.
The background is pale blue with traditional Chinese paintings of flowers and birds.
It’s attractive. I’ll take a pair.
Can you pack the vases and send them to New York bymail for me？
They are made from different materials——dolomite，tough silk，organdie etc.
This is made of wild goose feather and this is made of skylark feather.
（A：Shop Assistant B：Mr Stone C：Mrs Stone）
B：look，Maggie. These tapestries are beautiful！Don’t you think we could use one to decorate our room？
C：All right. （Looking at the price tags）Oh，a bit too much！
A：Artistic tapestry is the highest form of expression of the rug weaving art，an exquisite handicraft of superb artistry in typical Chinese style. Considering the fine craftsmanship they are worth much more.
B：I agree. Is this the marvellous landscape in Guilin？Whata lovely tapestry！We are going to Guilin in two days－this tapestry is really impressive.
C：I prefer to buy some embroidered tablecloths to match the tapestry.
A：Which do you prefer，the linen one，the figured dacron or the brocade？
C：The brocade，please. How much is one piece？
A：Sixty yuan and sixty fen.
C：Too expensive. You haven’t anything cheaper，have you？
A：Yes，we have. Here，please have a look at the handembroidered one with a new design of bamboo.
C：What fine needlework！What’s the price？
A：Forty yuan and fifty fen.
B：IS this the sale price？
A：No，it isn’t，sir. They are all first-class goods. We have price tags on each of them. Our shop holds a one price policy. We are not allowed to change the price at will.
C：I see. I’ll take two then. Henry，you like them？
B：Yes，I do. Eh，could you send them to our room？
A：Certainly，sir. Please write down your name and yourroom number.
A：Are you being served，sir？
B：I’d like to buy a medium-sized cloisonne vase with a light blue background.
A：I’m sorry，sir. They are sold out. We only have some big ones now，but we are expecting to have some tomorrow.
B：Oh，I am leaving China tomorrow. I don’t think I have much time.
A：Could you go to the Shanghai Friendship Store and get it there？
B：Let me see. How much is the big one？
A：One hundred and eighty yuan.
B：That sounds reasonable. Will you show the some？
A：Yes，sir. How would you like this one？The background is pale blue with traditional Chinese paintings of flowers and brids.
B：It’s attractive. I’ll take a pair. I am sure my wife will like them.
A：Yes. I’m sure she will，sir.
B：Can you pack the vases and send them to New York by mail for me？
A：Yes，sir. Please write your name and address on this slip.
B：OK. How much should I pay then？
A：Four hundred yuan altogether，including the postage and the charge for the packing. You know，we’ll have to make a special box.
B：All right. Here’s the money.
（A：shop assistant B：Mr Smith C：Mrs Smith）
C：（to B）Come here，John，do you like the eggs？（to A）Are they made of real eggs？
A：They’re made of egg shells. The yolk and white are taken off.
B：Let me see…. A pair of eggs is sold at two yuan and fifty fen. It’s not expensive，Is it，Joan？
C：No，I think we’ll take two pairs.
B：The small screens look lovely. （to A） What are they made from？
A：They are made from different materiais-dolomite，tough silk，organdie， etc. The frames are made of mahogany.
The designs are painted by hand.
B：（to C）Shall we take one？
C：I think so. But shall we buy some fans？
B：Yes. （to A） Are these all sandal fans？
A：Not all of them. Some are made of Chinese little leaf boxwood with scent sprayed on. Those made of real sandalwood are much more expensive.
C：May I take a smell of them and compare which one I like better.
A：Yes，please. Here you are. （After smelling them）
C：This one smells better. I’ll take this and buy a feather fan. Please show me some.
A：Yes，this is made of wild goose feather and this is made of skylark feather.
C：I’ll take both of them. Please put all things I selected to－get her and tell me how much do I owe you？
A：Just a moment，please. I’ll figure them out.
Words and Expressions
shell n. 壳；果壳；荚
frame n. 架子；框架
sandal n. 凉鞋；檀香
scentn. 气味；香味；香水 （or：perfume）
feather fan 羽毛扇