It took place at the Biltmore Hotel. My grandmother, my mother, and I were having lunch after a morning spent shopping. I gladly ordered a Salisbury steak. When brought to the table, it was accompanied by a plate of peas. I do not like peas now. I did not like peas then. I have always hated peas.
"Eat your peas," my grandmother said.
"Mother," said my mother in her warning voice. "He doesn't like peas. Leave him alone."
My grandmother did not reply, but leaned in my direction, looked me in the eye, and spoke out the fateful words that changed my life, "I'll pay you five dollars if you eat those peas."
I only knew that five dollars was a huge, nearly unimaginable amount of money, and awful as peas were, only one plate of them stood between me and the possession of that five dollars. I began to force them down my throat.
My mother looked livid (铁青色的). My grandmother had a self-satisfied look and said, "I can do what I want, Ellen, and you can't stop me." My mother glared at her mother. She glared at me. No one can glare like my mother. If there were a glaring Olympics, she would undoubtedly win the gold medal.
I, of course, kept shoving peas down my throat, and every single pea made me want to throw up, but the magical image of the five dollars floated before me, and I finally swallowed every last one of them. My grandmother handed me the five dollars with satisfaction. My mother continued to glare in silence.
That night, at dinner, my mother served two of my all-time favorite foods, meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Along with them came a big, steaming bowl of peas.She offered me some peas, and of course I declined. My mother fixed me with a cold eye as she heaped （堆积) a huge pile of peas onto my plate. Then came the words that were to haunt (萦绕) me for years."You ate them for money," she said, "You can eat them for love. "
25. From the passage, we can conclude the mother's attitude towards the author is
A. sympathetic but disappointed
B. annoyed but satisfied
C. sympathetic and scared
D. scared and disappointed
26. The author uses "fateful words" in Paragraph 4 to show that he
A. regarded these words as dangerous
B. didn't expect it to be so influential
C. believed in the existence of fate (命运)
D. knew they would change his life
27. The mother looked livid because she thought .
A. the way her son ate the peas was harmful to his health
B. she had lost face for losing the competition of glaring
C. her son shouldn't have had peas because of money
D. her mother shouldn't have been so kind to her son
28. Which of the following can be the best title of the passage?
A. A powerful mother and a more powerful grandmother
B. An argument caused by a plate of peas
C. A choice between money and love
D. The haunting of a plate of peas