Reading and Use of English
1 Why might somebody hire a private detective?
What image do you have of private detectives?
What qualities do you think are required to do the job well?
2 Read through the newspaper article and compare your ideas in exercise 1.
Private investigators investigated
David Lee investigates the world of the private eye - and uncovers some surprising truths
When I walk into the offices of Wright & Wrong Ltd, a predominantly female firm of private investigators, I am a little disappointed. My only previous contact with private detective agencies has been through black and white films from the golden age of Hollywood. So I am half expecting to see a small, dark, smoke-filled room, a single desk with an empty in-tray and a long, scruffy raincoat hanging from a hat stand.
Clearly, my romantic image of the profession needs updating. Wright & Wrong Ltd's offices are light and spacious and there are no ashtrays in sight on any of the dozen or so desks. These are tidy and free of paper, but concentrated faces at large computer screens give the place a busy feel.
Jenny Wright, founder of the agency, is not surprised at my error, and with a note of irritation in her voice, points to further misconceptions. 'Cinema and television are mostly to blame for our reputation. Contrary to popular belief, we always work very strictly within the law - there's no violence, no break-ins, and certainly no guns.The laws relating to our activities are very tight, and if we don't stick to them there's a very real danger that the evidence we obtain will not be accepted in court.'
The types of cases her agency deals with are varied but the day-to-day work is often far from stimulating.
Wright & Wrong Ltd handles anything from infidelity in a marriage or tracing a missing person to insurance fraud, employee theft and advising companies on security measures.' Resolving a case is very rewarding,' says
Jenny, 'but the actual investigation can be rather dull.
When we're not dealing with paperwork or Internet searches, we're usually involved in surveillance. And that normally means just sitting around in cars or cafes for hours, waiting for something to happen.'
Not surprisingly, then, patience is an important asset for anyone doing this kind of work. Is that why nine of the
twelve investigators in her team are women? 'Obviously, women don't have a monopoly on patience,' replies Jenny, 'but perhaps it's no coincidence that they tend to stay in the job longer than men.'
Jenny tells me that people's perceptions of women make them popular with clients, and also, consequently, with her as an employer. Women are often considered to be more sensitive than men. They're looked upon as less threatening when it comes to making inquiries. 'People open up to women more readily,' she says, 'and are relieved when a woman picks up the phone to speak to them. We're also good at breaking bad news. What may be a victory for the agency - filming someone doing something they shouldn't be doing, for example - tends not to be such a pleasant discovery for the client, and there's a right and wrong way of handling that information.'
Most of Jenny's clients are wealthy. The hourly rate is anything between fifty and eighty pounds, so the cost of a single case wil I often run into thousands of pounds. Even with the latest hi-tech equipment, such as longrange listening devices, a surveillance campaign can last several days. 'The technology is freely available and most of what we do could be done by the clients,' explains Jenny, 'but they're reluctant to get involved. Finding out the truth is often just too painful to do on your own.'
I ask Jenny, a former night club owner, how she came to be a private detective. Her face turns red, she gives a
slight grin and drops her voice to a whisper so as not to be overheard by her staff. 'I used to read a lot of crime novels,' she confides, 'and I started to think "I could do that". I went on a training course and realized I was in the wrong job.' I am about to ask her whether she ever wears a long, scruffy raincoat, when her mobile phone rings and she is cal led away on business.
3 For questions 1-6, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
1 What does the writer discover on his visit to the offices of Wright & Wrong Ltd?
2 Jenny Wright is annoyed by
3 According to Jenny, most of the work of a private detective is A monotonous.
4 Jenny is influenced in her decision to take on women by
5 What do we learn about Jenny's clients?
6 How does Jenny feel about telling her story in the last paragraph?
Reacting to the text
Do you think you would make a good private detective? Why/Why not?
با استفاده از ماژیک فسفری می توانید کلمات و بخش های مهم را برای خود علامت گذاری نمایید و هنگام پاسخ به آزمون از آنها استفاده کنید. برای از بین بردن بخش های رنگی دوباره روی آن کلیک نمایید.
هر تعدادی که دوست دارید دفترچه یادداشت ایجاد کنید و نکات مهم را در آن بنویسید.
برای استفاده از دفترچه یادداشت بر روی قسمتی از درس یا آزمون که می خواهید در آنجا نکته ی مهمی را قرار دهید کلیک نمایید.سپس در آن قسمت یک دفترچه یادداشت جدید ایجاد میشود و با کلیک بر روی آن می توانید بازش کنید و نکته های مهم را بنویسید.