In 1934, a man forgot to return a library book. His wife finally did last week.
A tad overdue
SACRAMENTO: A California woman is proving it’s never too late to make things right.
Hazel Severson, 95, of Sacramento says a friend found a book that Ms Severson’s late husband had borrowed from an Amador County library in 1936 while sorting through things for a garage sale.
She knew what she had to do: return the book and offer to pay the overdue fee — a whopping US$2,701 (81,200 baht). Ms Severson said she and her husband Howard were newlyweds back when he checked out the hardback, Seaplane Solo, about Sir Francis Chichester’s 1930 solo flight across the Tasman Sea.
Luckily for her, the library didn’t charge her the fee. AP
tad – a very small amount เล็กน้อย
overdue – of something that should have been done earlier, e.g., a payment that should have been paid before now พ้นกำหนด, ที่เลยกำหนดเวลา
late – dead ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว
sort through – to look at a lot of things in order to find what you want or need แบ่งชนิด, แยกประเภท
garage sale – an occasion when someone sells furniture, clothes, books, toys etc that they do not want any more การขายสิ่งของมือสอง
fee – an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do something or to pay for doing something wrong ค่าธรรมเนียม
whopping – extremely large ใหญ่มาก, อย่างยิ่ง
newlyweds – a man and a woman who have not been married to each other for very long คนเพิ่งแต่งงาน
hardback – a book with a hard cover, i.e., not a paperback ที่เป็นปกแข็ง
solo – done alone การกระทำเพียงฝ่ายเดียว, การกระทำเพียงคนเดียว