- A) choice
- D) occasion
- B) However
- C) turned
- B) enjoyed
- D) admitted
- A) at
Cathy spent many hours during her lunch breaks poking around the dress shops before she bought the appropriate outfit for the Trumpers’ housewarming party. Her final __choice__ was a sunflower yellow dress which the shop assistant described as suitable for a cocktail party. Cathy became fearful at the last minute that its lack of length might be too daring for such a grand __occasion__. But when Simon came to pick her up his immediate comment was “You’ll be a sensation.” His assurance made her feel more confident.
__However__, she forgot all her doubts the moment the butler invited them inside. While others drank champagne and helped themselves from the trays of canapés, she __turned__ her attention to pictures.
First came a Courbet, a still life of magnificent rich reds, oranges and greens; then a Picasso of two doves surrounded by pink blossoms. She __enjoyed__ looking at them but she gasped when she first saw the Sisley, a stretch of the Seine with every paint of pastel shading being made to count.
“That’s my favourite,” said a voice from behind her. Cathy turned to see a tall, dark-haired young man give her a grin that must have made many people return his smile.
“Quite beautiful,” she __admitted__. “When I was younger I used to try and paint a little myself, and it was Sisley who finally convinced me I shouldn’t bother.”
“Good heavens,” the young man said. “An expert in our presence.” Cathy smiled __at__ her new companion. “Let’s have a look at some more works in the upper corridor.”