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The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose

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Swallow,Swallow, little Swallow, bring her the ruby out of my sword! I am s statue and I cannot move. (P, 16)


     Happy Prince was a statue made of ruby, sapphire, gold foil and so on. He always thought about the poor in his town, so he asked a Swallow to deliver the part of his body the poor. Finally, because of this, the Swallow was very tired and dead, and Happy Prince who lost all jewelry was pulled down by the people in the town.
     I learned the author, Oscar Wilde, in the history of English literature class, so I tried to choose this book. When I read, I found this was the story that I had read before in Japanese. I was so surprised because the book which I read in my childhood was written by him. I was moved by their kindness and proud of their self-sacrifice. On the other hands, I became very sad when I read the scene the statue of Happy Prince was destroyed by inconsiderate people. I found it is important to think about other’s happiness and act willingly. This was a very…

The Stolen White Elephant

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The detectives send their reports every hour. Each one is sure he is following the elephant, but no one catches it. (P, 52)

     A white elephant was send to the England’s queen as a royal present from Siam. However, on the way to the England, the elephant was stolen by someone. Inspector Blunt who was asked the deliverer to find the elephant discover the elephant at last. But the elephant was dead because of hunger.
     I chose this book because it was written by the famous author, Mark Twain. I had known his great works such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” but I didn’t know this book until I read. The story was different from that I had expected. When I read the scene that the elephant was dead because of hunger, I remember a Japanese book named “Faithful Elephants” written by Yukio Tsuchiya. The death of living things is very sad because I had kept a dog. This book told me the importance of lives again, so I want to take care properly if I g…

The House in the Picture and Abbot Thomas’ Treasure

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‘That is strange! I didn’t see it before,’ he said. ‘ And I didn’t see the moonlight.’(p, 13)

     Mr William, an art dealer, bought an expensive picture. It was an old and boring picture, so he wandered why the picture cost so much. However, this picture gradually changed every time he saw and it was the key to solve the mystery.
     Both stories in this book are horror, but I could enjoy reading. Especially, I interested in the former story. The last scene that the mystery was solved by the professor Green was thrilling. Some illustrations of the pictures helped my understanding although they were quite eerie. And I could enjoy reading because the most words in this book were not so difficult and more than anything the story itself was very interesting. If you don’t like horror like me, I reccomrnd you to read this book at the morning.



M, R, James. (1998). The House in the Picture and Abbot Thomas’ Treasure. Oxford;UK. Macmillan.



Washington Square

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‘No, I will never speak to Mr Townsend agin,’ the doctor replied. ‘And Iwiil never change my mind. Tell him that! You want to marry him. Very well! Marry him now. Or marry him after my death. But Mr Townsend will never have my money. I’ll give it to a hospital. Tell him that, Catherine.(p, 36)


     Catherine is a daughter of a doctor and she was loved by her father very much, but she wasn’t interesting and she wasn’t beautiful like other giarls. One night, she met a young handsome man, Morris, at a party and they fell in love. They wanted to marry, but her father didn’t forgive it. The reason was he thought Morris’ real aim was his daughter’s money. So he never  forgave their marriage and said Catherine that his money will be given to a hospital after his death if they are married.
     I thought father was a difficult role, because his happiness is not always the dautghter’s happiness. All fathers who love their daughter want her to marry with her dearest man, but they think about th…

The Last Leaf and Other Stories

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‘There are only five leaves on the vine now,’said Johsny. ‘ The last leaf will fall soon and then L’ll die. Did’t the doctor tell you about the leaves?’ (P, 26)



Sue and Johnsy were artist. In December, Johnsy had heavy pneumonia because it was so cold. Sue cared for her very hard, but she losted her energy to live. Then she started to count the number of the leaves of the vine which she could see from her bed room and said the line. However, the last leaf would’t fall even though it was heavily rain. After I read this book, I found why the last leaf did’t fall.   When I know the reason I was deeply touched. I strongly recommend this book. I chose this book just because the illustration of the front cover was strange and odd, but the all stories in this book were very good. I want to read another book written by the same author and Japanese version of this book. However there were few illustrations in this, so someone maybe understand these situations hardly.


O, Henry. (2005). The Last…

The African Mask

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“Maybe you took it off the wall and put it on the chair,” Anna said. Janet was scared. The night both Janet and Anna heard somebody crying. They switched on the lights but there was nobody there. And when they went into the study the next morning the Mask was on the floor.(p, 22)



     Janet visited Scotland because she had received a letter from her ex-boyfriend, Donald. Then she had good dinner with him, but she thought there was something different about him although she couldn’t work out what it was. It was a African mask that there were in his houses the time. Next day, she heard that Donald had died two weeks ago from his legal person...
While I read the first half of this book, I thought this is love story. However, continuing this book, I found this is a horror story. I read this alone in my room at the night, so I felt a little bit scare. It seemed that both Dnald’s death and the unnatural phenomenon were learned to the African mask. This book was easy to read because it is wri…

The Umbrella

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"Keep my red umbrella. I like this umbrella. It's a lucky umbrella. This is my lucky day!'
(p, 16)

     Carla bought  a red umbrella which cost ten dollars for seven dollars, so she said "This is my lucky day!"  Then she went  to a cake shop. However her smart umbrella was stolen by a woman while she bought some cakes. She got angry and said "It is not my lucky day!" When she walked to the town square, a young man whose mane was Paul spoke to her. She walked away quickly because she didn't know who he is. In fact, he met up the woman who stole Carla's umbrella and thought Carla was the woman. Thanks to these accidents, Carla and Paul drank coffee together and got along with. Carla said "This is my lucky day!" again. 
     Stealing something is very bad behavior no matter what. It makes people sad or angry . However, in this story, Carla finally became happy. This is my favorite point of this book. When I saw the title of this book at fir…