I was on the south-bound, going to Cincinnati, about eighteen months ago

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#1

“I was on the south-bound, going to Cincinnati, about eighteen months ago, when I saw, across the aisle, the finest looking girl I’d ever laid eyes on.
Nothing spectacular, you know, but just the sort you want for keeps.”
(a) Who is speaking to whom?
(b) Which word in the extract is a synonym of ‘impressive’?
© What kind of a girl did he come across?


#2

(a) John A Pescud is speaking to the narrator.
(b) The word is ‘spectacular’.
© He came across a girl of’ the finest looks. She was exactly the kind of girl he would like to marry.