One day Mel Martin stopped by the chambers of a judge with whom he had lunch appointment. As his friend changed from robe jacket, Martin noticed a shiny black pistol bolstered to the judge’s shoulder.
The judge was not a firearms enthusiast, so Martin asked him why he was carrying it. His friend said that because of recent threats he had borrowed the pistol from the repository of confiscated weapons. Holding it up, the judge said, "I chose this one because it’s so mean-looking, yet it hardly weighs a thing. I hope I don’t need it, because I don’t even know how to load it."
"It’s not hard," Martin said, examining it closely. "We can fill it at the water fountain on the way out."
(1) chambers n.办公室
(2) robe n.长袍
(3) shiny n.闪亮的
(4) holster v.装在皮套里
(5) repository n.仓库
(6) confiscated adj.没收的；充公的
(7) mean-looking adj.吓人的
(8) load v.装弹于（枪炮）
① Where did Martin stop by one day?
② Why was he there?
③ Why was the judge carrying a pistol?
④ Had the judge used a weapon before? 14ow do you know?
⑤ What did Martin think of the gun?
① He stopped by the chambers of a judge
② Because he had a lunch appointment with the judge.
③ Because of recent threats.
④ No, he hadn’t. He didn’t even know how to load the gun.
⑤ The gun was a toy, not a real one.