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1 .<-NARRATOR:-> Listen to a conversation between two students.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:-> Susan! What happened to your arm?
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> It's my wrist, actually-I sprained it last weekend.
2 .And I'm kind of upset about it, because I'm supposed to play the violin in my string quartet's big concert next week.
3 .We've been practicing for weeks.
4 .And we've already sold a bunch of tickets.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh, sorry to hear that. What are you gonna do?
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, I was thinking about trying to play anyhow.
2 .I mean, I really don't want to let the other three group members down.
3 .Plus the doctor said my wrist should be feeling better by then.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:-> OK, so... problem solved, right?
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:->Not exactly—I'm worried that I'm gonna be out of practice.
1 .Like, I haven't been able to play the violin since I sprained my wrist.
1 .What if I don't play well?
2 .I'd make the rest of the group sound bad.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:-> Why don'tcha get somebody else to take your place?
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, there's only one other person I know of who could do it, and that's Jim.
2 .He's a great violinist, and I'm sure he'd say yes....
3 .The thing is, he's not very reliable.
4 .I mean, I'm in the orchestra with him and he's always showing up late for rehearsals.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:-> [comprehending—pronounced like a long “oh”] Oooh... so you're not sure you can depend on him.
1 .<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Exactly. And we have less than a week left to rehearse for the concert.
2 .We'd really need him to show up on time for all our rehearsals.