The Emperor by Frederick Forsyth

The Emperor by Frederick Forsyth

Every year, the bank rewarded two of its employees. The two employees who had worked the hardest were given a reward. The bank gave the two employees and their families a holiday. This year, 1977, the reward was a holiday in Mauritius. Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean. Many tourists visit Mauritius. And many of them enjoy water-sports and sea-fishing. Edna Murgatroyd had come to Mauritius with her husband. John Higgins was not married – he was travelling alone. The Murgatroyds had been married for twenty-five years and Edna was never happy about anything or anybody. The days passed quickly. Every day, the Murgatroyds did the same things. They sat on the beach. Edna sat under a sun umbrella and read romantic novels. Roger did what his wife told him to do. But at last days of their holiday something happened that changed things that were the same for many years.

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The Emperor by Frederick Forsyth

‘Roger, I’m not going to like this place,’ said Edna Murgatroyd.

‘What’s wrong, Edna?’ asked her husband.

There was always something wrong! Mrs Edna Murgatroyd was always complaining. The Murgatroyds had been married for twenty-five years and Edna was never happy about anything or anybody.

‘It’s hot and dirty here,’ she said.

‘Yes, dear,’ said Roger Murgatroyd, ‘but we’re only going to stay here for a week.’

An hour earlier, the Murgatroyds had arrived here on the island of Mauritius. Now they were in a taxi, travelling north from the airport towards Trou d’Eau Douce – a village on the east coast of the island.

There were three passengers in the taxi – Roger Murgatroyd, Edna Murgatroyd and John Higgins.

The Emperor by Frederick Forsyth

Roger Murgatroyd was about fifty years old. He was short, he was fat and he wore glasses. Today, he was wearing a dark suit. His wife was a few years younger than Roger but she was heavy too. She was wearing a large, dark red dress. John Higgins was about twenty-five years old. He was wearing a cool white suit and sunglasses.

The two men worked for the Midland Bank. Roger Murgatroyd and John Higgins were the Midland Bank’s Employees of the Year.

Every year, the bank rewarded two of its employees. The two employees who had worked the hardest were given a reward. The bank gave the two employees and their families a holiday. This year, 1977, the reward was a holiday in Mauritius. Edna Murgatroyd had come to Mauritius with her husband. John Higgins was not married – he was travelling alone.

The taxi passed through the village of Trou d’Eau Douce. It was a pretty village beside the sea. The village had a small harbour. There were some fishing boats in the harbour.

‘This is a good place for game-fishing,’ said Higgins.

After a few more miles, the taxi arrived at the Hotel St Geran. It was a beautiful white building near the sea.

Higgins and the Murgatroyds got out of the taxi and Higgins paid the driver. Two hotel porters carried the three travellers’ bags to the reception desk. The manager of the hotel welcomed the new guests in the reception area…

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