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Recount an accident that took place in a restaurant which led to a very embarrassing situation
 
Our school is well known in our neighborhood. It has primary and secondary sessions. Many eminent people have graduated from its portals. Some are ministers, businessmen or scientists. There is a strong parent-support group which organizes activities to help the school. However, the person the school feels the most indebted to is Mr Lee Kim Zew, the famous philanthropist. His forefathers had donated generously to our school, but Mr Lee exceeded their generous donations.

On the evening of June 12, 2008, the school staff gathered in the Imperial Restaurant. They had come to attend a dinner to honor Mr Lee for his generous help in the past. The teachers and representatives from parents and students were at their tables awaiting the arrival of the philanthropist himself The majority of philanthropists are humble people and they shun the limelight. Mr Lee, however, was an exception. He was a businessman and liked publicity. It was therefore gratifying to him that his arrival at the restaurant was greeted with arousing applause. A few reporters were present and light bulbs flashed as his pictures were taken. He was ceremoniously escorted to the VIP dining table which was covered in a resplendent red. A plate of cold appetizers promptly appeared on the table for the consumption of the distinguished guests.

The Chairman of the night's proceedings, Mr Tan, went on stage. He lauded the distinguished guests' generosity and help to society. Then he invited Mr Lee to the stage to make a speech. As Mr Lee got up from his chair, an inexperienced waiter moved forward with a bottle of champagne. Mr Lee, upon rising up, collided with the waiter. The contents of the wine bottle spilled all over the visibly shocked guest. There was a pinkish stain on his spotless white shirt. Everyone at the table was momentarily shocked. Then, all at once, they moved to help the guest.

It was then that Mr Lee showed his indignation. Face flushed red with irritation and embarrassment, he brushed aside all attempts at helping him wipe his shirt. We could see that his pride had been hurt and he was trying to recover his lost dignity. The Chairman wisely left him alone beyond the act of offering a clean dry cloth for him to wipe his shirt. Directing a baleful stare at the cowering and unfortunate waiter, Mr Lee made his way as dignified as he could, to the stage. The guests recovered from their embarrassment at seeing the sorry spectacle. They warmly applauded his courage in going up to the stage.

Mr Lee mounted the steps, pleased that he was on top of the situation. But as he faced the microphone and reached into the breast pocket of his coat, we saw him frown. His notes for his speech were all soggy and limp with the spilled wine. Mr Lee flushed again, but only for an instant. Then he regained his composure and showed why he was such a great businessman. With dignity and charm, he declared, "Only I can make a speech in such wet weather." When everyone clapped and cheered, he knew that he had carried the day with him. He had saved himself and the organizers from a potentially embarrassing situation. Mr Lee carried on with his impromptu speech, punctuated by spontaneous clapping and cheering by the guests. At the end of his brief ten-minute speech, the people gave him a standing ovation.

The next day, the press carried an article on the dinner. Mr Lee was praised for his courage and dignity in carrying out his speech despite the accident. Mr Lee must have felt very pleased that he had got the better of the incident. The next year, he even increased his donation to the school. As for the unfortunate waiter, he was spared any recrimination as everyone recognized that it was not his fault and his remorse was punishment enough.

     
resplendent   magnificent
     
baleful   threatening
     
ovation   applause
 
 

 

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