Here's a transcript of the second half of Lesson Twenty: 'At the Tobacconist' --JDR
PART II. CONVERSATION.
The Customer [A. Lloyd James:]: Can you recommend me some pipe tobacco?
The Shopkeeper [J. R. R. Tolkien]: Certainly, sir; mild, medium, or full strength?
ALJ: Oh! -- er -- medium, please.
JRRT: I have a very good mixture of my own; would you care to try it?
ALJ: How much is it?
JRRT: It's a shilling an ounce, sir, and very cheap at the price. I just keep it for my regular customers.
ALJ: Well, give me two ounces, please.
JRRT: Have you a pouch, sir, or shall I pack it up?
ALJ: Put one ounce in the pouch and pack the other . . . thank you.
JRRT: Anything further, sir?
ALJ: Yes, let me have a box of fifty cigarettes.
JRRT: Virginian or Turkish, sir?
ALJ: Turkish, please.
JRRT: Now, this is a very good cigarette, sir. I think you'll like it. Six shillings for fifty.
ALJ: All right, give me fifty. And let me have some matches, too.
JRRT: Yes, sir. One box?
ALJ: Yes, one box. How much is that altogether?
JRRT: Let me see, that's 2/- [two shillings], 8/- [eight shillings], 8/1d. [eight-and-a-penny] in all, sir . . . thank you, sir. Good morning.
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