May I see Dean Huffman please? Dean Huffman won't be in the office this afternoon. I'm his assistant. Maybe I can give you a hand. I need an extension for my paper and my teacher said I had to get a special permission from Dean Huffman. Oh, I see. Which course? Greek history, Professor Edwards' course. What kind of paper is it? It is the final paper for the course. You know it is to take the place of the final exam. OK. When is the paper due to be handed in? On the last day of this term. OK. This Friday is four days away. Do you think you can finish it by the fourth day? It's a 10,000 words paper and I haven't started it yet. I have been ill for the last week. I just checked out of the hospital this morning. How long exactly have you been in the hospital? From last Thursday to today.