Friends Standard 择友规范
Mary: hi, Larry, how was your weekend?
Larry: not bad. We had a get-together with friends from college. I haven't seen many of them since gradution. How about you?
M: great. I hung out with jo all day shopping, and the went out for dinner together.
L: sounds a good weekend. You know it always amazes me that two people as different as you and Jo can become such close friends.
M: yeah, I never thought we could be good friends either. We have our differences. She's more outgoing and active while I am more quiet and reversed, but we still get along extremely well. We can talk for hours about anything.
L: that's great. I know people who can't stand each other for even five minutes.
M: when Jo and I are together, we argue a lot, but that's also part of the fun. Besides, I know she will always be there for me when I need her, and she knows I'll be there for her.
L: it seems you two bring out the best of one another.
M: exactly. Having Jo as my friend is one of the best things that's ever happened to me.
L: yeah, you are so lucky to have found each other.
M: thanks, I think so too.
L: hey, Mary, what's up?
M: not much. Last night I met this great guy at the bar and we had such a wonderful time that we decided to meet again tonight.
L: oh, that's exciting. What's this guy like? Is he hot?
M: well, I ddin't think so at first. But as we started talking, I found his extremely funny and witty. I couldn't stop laughing at his jokes! We have so much in common. We like the same teams, music, and most amazingly, we both love Chinese food! I have the feeling that we are going to be great friends.
L: it seems you two are a good match. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
M: there's nothing definite I think. I don't have a list or anything, but when I first meet somebody, I can usually tell whether or not that person is going to be a good friend. It seems I have radar helping me spot new friends.
L: well, that's something I've never heard of. But if you as me what I value most in a friend, I would have to say honesty.
M: I agree. You can't expect a close relationship with a dishonest person. Those are the people that will turn their back on you when you are in need.
L: yeah, I know. A friend in need is a friend indeed. I don't need fair-weather friends either.