A：Adam, I’m sorry!
B：But where have you been, Alice? You’re over an hour late.
A：Yes, but I couldn’t help it. I was late getting off work for a start, and then I missed the bus. The bus I did catch got caught in a traffic jam. It was one thing after another.
B：But why were you getting off work so late? The office closes at six, doesn’t it?
A：Yes, but there’s a rush on at the moment, and my boss asked me to do some urgent letters.
B：But didn’t you tell him you had an appointment?
A：Well, no. I thought I’d finish in about five minutes and I didn’t want to be difficult about just a few minutes. If it hadn’t been for missing the bus and the traffic, I wouldn’t have been so late. I’m sorry.
B：Well, you’re here. And that’s the main thing.
A：Thank you. I’ll try not to be late again.