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Second Hand Store “Blue Hippo”

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One fine Saturday morning, I was walking around near Komagome station. It is along the way the book club meeting I attend once a month. I needed to visit it and buy several bookstores because my boss published a new book last month.
I have no (4) axe to grind with my boss. He directed all employees to do it, not just me. This erratic job led me to the great discovery of a second-hand bookstore called “Blue Hippo”. Blue Hippo means restoration in ancient Egyptian. I figure that’s reason why the shop owner chose it.
It reminded me of a (1)crackled Blue Hippo in the Metropolitan Museum when I saw the shop’s name. Surprisingly, that blue hippo hasn’t (3)corroded, although it was made between 1961-1878 B.C… Anyway, its a suitable name for a good second-hand bookstore. I found a book almost as old as I am which I had always wanted to read. “Men in Dark Times” written by Hanah Arendt 1968. I got the first Japanese translated version published in 1972. The book was published when she was 66 years old and an already the famous philosopher. She wrote essays and research papers related 10 great people in 12 years. In the prologue, she mentioned that some kind of people never (2)cower and have hope even if the world was at its darkest. I’ll get the right power of thinking after I’ve read it. Thanks, Blue Hippo. You saved this book’s life.


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title: Second-hand bookstore “Blue Hippo”
A fine Saturday morning, I was walking around near the Komagome station. It’s a middle to go back home after I’ve joined the book club meeting once a month. I needed to visit and buy several bookstores because my boss published a new book last month.
I have no (4)an axe to grind with my boss. He directed it all employee, not only me. This erratic job gave me great discovery that I found Second-hand bookstore “Blue Hippo”. Blue Hippo means the restoration in ancient Egypt. The reason why the shop owner might name it.
I dreamt that a (1)crackled Blue Hippo in Metropolitan Museum when I’ve looked the shop name. Surprisingly, that blue hippo isn’t (3)corroding, although it made in 1961-1878 B.C… Anyway, it suitable name for a good second-hand bookstore. I found almost same age book as me which I had been wanted to read. “Men in Dark Times” written by Hanah Arendt, in1968. I got the first Japanese translated version published in 1972. The book published when she was 66 years old, she was already the famous philosopher. She wrote essay and research paper related 10 great people among 12 years. In the prologue, she mentioned that some kind of people never (2)cowered and had hope if the world was in the darkest even though. I’ll get the right power of thinking after I’ve read it. Thanks, Blue Hippo. You saved this book’s life.



homework: (1)crackle, (2)cower, (3)corrode
Expression: (4)have an axe to grind
If you have an axe to grind, you have personal reasons for becoming involved in something or adopting a particular attitude.
It was decided that the best candidate would be selected by a recruitment agency who had no axe to grind within the company.

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