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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The tale of the doctor who defied Death

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In their ramshackle hut on the edge of the woods, a hsuanbd and wife were in despair. The woman had just given birth to their thirteenth child, and the growing family was quickly running out of food and money.
The father walked into the woods to ponder their ploebrm. After hours spent wandering through the trees, he eeonruetcnd two shadowy silhouettes. The first figure appeared to be the man’s God, while the second resembled the Devil. Both figures offered to lighten the man’s berudn, and act as Godfather to his most recent cihld. But the man reuesfd their offer— he wouldn’t esurntt his son to those who passed judgment on human life.

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In their ramshackle hut on the edge of the woods, a _______ and wife were in despair. The woman had just given birth to their thirteenth child, and the growing family was quickly running out of food and money.
The father walked into the woods to ponder their _______. After hours spent wandering through the trees, he ___________ two shadowy silhouettes. The first figure appeared to be the man’s God, while the second resembled the Devil. Both figures offered to lighten the man’s ______, and act as Godfather to his most recent _____. But the man _______ their offer— he wouldn’t _______ his son to those who passed judgment on human life.

Solution

  1. refused
  2. problem
  3. burden
  4. encountered
  5. husband
  6. child
  7. entrust

Original Text

In their ramshackle hut on the edge of the woods, a husband and wife were in despair. The woman had just given birth to their thirteenth child, and the growing family was quickly running out of food and money.
The father walked into the woods to ponder their problem. After hours spent wandering through the trees, he encountered two shadowy silhouettes. The first figure appeared to be the man’s God, while the second resembled the Devil. Both figures offered to lighten the man’s burden, and act as Godfather to his most recent child. But the man refused their offer— he wouldn’t entrust his son to those who passed judgment on human life.

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