Magnus Blake: "Hello Peter, how's it going?"
Peter: "Oh, hello Mr Blake, fancy meeting you here."
Magnus Blake: "Yes, fancy."
(This reply is in a neutral voice.) Is it ...
a. Quite friendly.
c. Slightly unfriendly
Peter: "er .. Can I get you a drink?"
Magnus Blake: "No, let me. Barman - Scotch for me, and .. what will it be, Peter?"
Is this answer correct?
a. Too rude
c. Too friendly
Peter: "A half of lager, please."
Why has Peter selected this drink?
Magnus Blake: "So tell me, Peter, how are things going in your department. Everything ticking over ok?"
Peter: "Oh, everything is fine, I guess."
Magnus Blake: "What's bothering you?"
How does Mr Blake know something is wrong?
Peter: "Well, I wouldn't want to tell tales out of school … it's nothing really."
a. Doesn't want to say anythning
b. Thinks it's nothing
c. Wants to be asked again
Magnus Blake: "Oh, come on man, out with it."
Peter: "Well, I don't really like to say, but the new boy, Ivan English, well, it's not really my job, but I do wonder, really, how well he's coping with building his new portfolio."
Magnus Blake: "Is he having problems?"
Peter: "Well, he comes to me and Sally for help all the time, so I suppose he must be. And when he makes a wrong decision, he's really arrogant about it. Just won't back down."
Magnus Blake: "Go on."
Peter: "I'm just wondering if he's really the right man for the job. I try to help him, since I have more experience, and I know the market better, but he won't listen. Still, I'm sure it will be ok."
What is Peter trying to tell Mr Blake?