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Hope can make an interesting theme for a story. Let's say,
for example, that a man and woman have arranged to meet, but
the woman hasn't turned up. Perhaps it was supposed to be their
first date. The man waits and waits, hoping that she'll eventually
arrive. Meanwhile, a succession of eligible young women walk
past, all keen to attract his attention. He ignores them; he's
still hoping that his date will arrive. Finally he gives up hope
and heads home. The eligible young women have all gone now. He
realises that if he'd given up hope sooner, he could have gone
off with one of them - and have had a very good time instead
of a thoroughly miserable one.
As he trudges home, he passes the club where the eligible women
went. He tries to pluck up the courage to go inside, but he can't.
He hangs around outside for a while, hoping that one of them
might come out. But none of them do. So he gives up hope for
the second time that evening and heads home again.
After a while, he realises that he's being followed - one of
the women has come after him. She didn't want to come out and
see him while he was hanging around outside because all her friends
would have seen her. So she waited until he left, made her excuses,
and left the club so she could follow him. Again he realises
that giving up hope sooner would have been better. All this 'hope'
stuff has confused him now. What should he do? Should he hope
that the woman he was originally waiting for has a good excuse
for not turning up, so he can arrange another date with her?
Or should he give up hope and date this other woman instead?
How many other stories based on hope can you think of? How
about someone hoping to meet his idol, or hoping to get his ideal
job, or hoping to get a lift home? How about if he's hitching
a lift but lets the first few cars go straight past because he's
hoping that something sportier will come along? What if it doesn't?
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