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Quotes from A Series of Unfortunate Events The Slippery Slope  by Lemony Snicket Book 10

Book Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 10: The Slippery Slope

Author: Lemony Snicket

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• When we met, you were pretty, and I was lonely. Now, I am pretty lonely.

•I’m sure you know, if you are ever forced to do something very difficult, it often helps to think of something inspiring to keep you going.

•That night was a dark day. Of course, all nights are dark days, because night is simply a badly lit version of day, due to the fact that the Earth travels around the sun reminding everyone that it is time to get out of bed and start the day with a cup of coffee or a secret message folded up into a paper airplane that can sail out the barred window or a ranger station. But in this case, the phrase ‘a dark day’ means ‘a sad time in the history of the Baudelaire children, V.F.D., and all kind, brave and well-read people in the world.’ “At this point, I will take a page from someone’s book, a phrase which here means ‘adopt an idea used by someone else.’ If, for instance, someone told you that the best way to write thank you notes is to reward yourself with a cookie everytime you finished one, you might take a page from his book, and have a plate of cookies nearby after your birthday or some other gift-giving occasion.

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  • When you have many questions in yout mind, and you suddenly have an opportunity to ask them, the questions tend to crowd together and trip over one another, much like passengers on a crowded train when it reaches a popular destination.
    • In my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.
    • Fate is like a strange, unpopupar restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.


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    • Taking one’s chances is like taking a bath, because sometimes you end up feeling comfortable and warm, and sometimes there is something terrible lurking around that you cannot see until it is too late and you can do nothing else but scream and cling to a plastic duck.
    • Wishing, like sipping a glass of punch, or pulling aside a bearskin rug in order to access a hidden trapdoor in the floor, is merely a quiet way to spend one’s time before the candles are extinguished on one’s birthday cake.
    • “Translo,” she said, which meant “Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean that it’s nonsense.
    • “This isn’t a very complicated recipe, Sunny,” her mother said, “but if I arrange the salad very nicely on fancy plates, people will think I’ve been cooking all day. Often, when cooking, the presentation of the food can be as importand as the food itself.”


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    • She rolled up her sleeves – an expression which here means “focused very hard on the task at hand, but did not actually roll up her sleeves, because it was very cold on the highest peak of the Mortmain Mountains.
    • … joking that lifting a large novel was the only exercise she liked to get during the hot months.
    • “The central theme of Anna Karenina,” he said, “is that a rural life of moral simplicity, despite its monotony, is the preferable personal narrative to a daring life of impulsive passion, which only leads to tragedy.”
    • A daring life of impulsive passion is an expression which refers to people who follow what is in their hearts, and like people who prefer to follow their head, or follow the advice of other people, or follow a mysterious man in a dark blue raincoat, people who lead a daring life of impulsive passion end up doing all sorts of things. For instance, if you ever find yourself reading a book entitled The Bible, you would find the story of Adam and Eve, whose daring life of impulsive passion led to them putting on clothing for the first time in their lives, in order to leave the snake-infested garden where they had been living.

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    So I went to Book Off to find some dictionaries in different languages but ended up buying other books instead, and not a single dictionary.


    If you haven’t heard of Book Off, it’s a vintage shop in Japan selling used books, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, and toys, but mostly books. They also sell new books in the first floor.

    ブックオフ知らない方は日本人にはいないと思いますが、ブックオフはもう使わなくなった本や、CD, DVD, ゲームなどが売られている所です。ほとんどは本ですけど。

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    I was hoping to find dictionaries in Korean-English, Japanese-English, Spanish-English, and Russian-English, but haven’t found a single dictionary on sale. All of them are new so I think I’ll have to wait until used dictionaries will be available. Besides, I can use the dictionaries on my phone. I just wanted a physical copy.


    So I thought to myself, why not look at other books since I’m already here? I can’t go into a bookstore and not spend hours looking at books and feeling their pages.


    I had no intention of buying any books aside from dictionaries, but as I was walking down the aisle of books, I found Lonely Planet: Spain for only ¥300 so I grabbed it before anyone else would. I’ve been collecting Lonely Planet books because I like to read about other countries in order to widen my understanding of the world.

    辞書以外本を買うつもりはなかったんですけど、ロンリープラネットスペインが ¥300だけでしたので買うことにしました。世界の知識をもっと広げる為にロンリープラネットの本を最近、集め始めました。

    Lonely Planet: Spain

    The next book I got is Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol, which consists of 79 quickie mysteries, filled with very tricky clues.


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    I also got 2 children’s books, one being a series I’ve been collecting when I was in grade school but haven’t completed, which is the Dork Diaries by Renée Russell. I don’t own the Dork Diaries: Pop Star yet, so I’m adding this to my bookshelf.


     Dork Diaries: Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

    The other one is A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket. It’s the 10th book and I have to admit, I only red Book 1 but I don’t mind skipping. (Even if it’s 8 books)


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    I’ve been feeling the need to read children’s books lately, what with all the global warming problems we’ve been discussing at school. I need a little break.


    The last book I got is Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray. It features 7 stories covering a variety of genres by famous Japanese authors.


    Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray

    What I love about this book is that there’s Japanese text, then the translation in English, and a list of vocabularies with meaning so the reader doesn’t need to find the words in the dictionary every single time when met with a new word.


    I’m satisfied with this mini book haul despite the fact that I wasn’t able to buy what I came for.


    Have you read any of these books? Are there any of these in your TBR? I would love to hear from you! 😊