[00:11.38]What did the man expect to find under the stairs?
[00:17.03]After her husband had gone to work,
[00:19.97]Mrs.Richards sent her children to school and went upstairs to her bedroom.
[00:26.05]She was too excited to do any housework that morning,
[00:29.12]for in the evening she would be going to a fancy-dress party with her husband.
[00:34.40]She intended to dress up as a ghost and as she had made her costume the night before,she was impatient to try it on.
[00:43.41]Though the costume consisted only of a sheet,it was very effective.
[00:49.13]After putting it on, Mrs.Richards went downstairs.
[00:53.52]She wanted to find out whether it would be comfortable to wear.
[00:58.36]Just as Mrs.Richards was entering the dining-room,
[01:01.79]there was a knock on the front door.
[01:04.79]She knew that it must be the baker.
[01:07.74]She had told him to come straight in if ever she failed to open the door and to leave the bread on the kitchen table.
[01:15.82]Not wanting to frighten the poor man,
[01:18.28]Mrs.Richards quickly hid in the small storeroom under the stairs.
[01:23.83]She heard the front door open and heavy footsteps in the hall.
[01:28.67]Suddenly the door of the storeroom was opened and a man entered.
[01:34.55]Mrs.Richards realized that it must be the man from the Electricity Board who had come to read the metre.
[01:42.22]She tried to explain the situation,saying 'It's only me',but it was too late.
[01:48.11]The man let out a cry and jumped back several paces.
[01:52.58]When Mrs.Richards walked towards him, he fled,slamming the door behind him.