One fine afternoon I was walking along Fifth Avenue, when I remembered that it was necessary to buy a pair of socks. I turned into the first sock shop that caught my eye, and a boy clerk who could not have been more than seventeen years old_____1_____. “What can I do for you, sir?”“I wish to buy a pair of socks.”His eyes glowed. There was a note of____2____ in his voice. “Did you know that you had come into the ____3_____place in the world to buy socks?” I had not been aware of that, as my entrance had been_____4____. “Come with me,” said the boy, happily.
I followed him to the back of the shop, and he began to take down from the shelves box after box, _____5____their contents for my pleasure.
“Hold on, lad, I am going to buy only one pair!”“I know that,” said he, “but I want you to see how _____6______beautiful these are. Aren’t they wonderful?”There was on his face an _____7_____of serious and holy happiness, as if he were____8______ to me the mysteries of his religion. I became far more interested in him than in the____9_____. I looked at him in amazement. “My friend,” said I, “if you can keep this up, if this is not merely the enthusiasm that comes from curiosity, from having a new job, if you can keep up this enthusiasm and excitement day after day, in ten years you will own every sock in the United States.”
My amazement at his pride and _____10_____in salesmanship will be easily _____11_____by all who read this article. In our daily life, we often come across bad service in some shops. For example, in many shops the customer has to wait for someone to ___12_____him. And when finally some clerk does notice you, you are made to feel as if you were ____13_____ him.