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S-t-e-a-m-boat A-Comin’!

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was, to be a steamboatman. We had transient ambitions of … Continue reading

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Straightforwardness in a Belittered World

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In view of the description given, may one be gay upon the Encantadas? Yes: that is, find one the gaiety, and he will be gay. And, indeed, sackcloth and ashes as they are, the isles are … Continue reading

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The Ambersons Were Magnificent in Their Day and Place

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Major Amberson had “made a fortune” in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then. Magnificence, like the size of a fortune, is always comparative, as even Magnificent Lorenzo … Continue reading

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I Require the Blood of Fifty Children

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The Caliph, however, whose ideas were confused, and whose head was embarrassed, went on administering justice at haphazard; till at length the prime vizir, perceiving his situation, hit upon a sudden expedient to interrupt the audience … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Rage

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Rage–Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls, great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion, feasts for the … Continue reading

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It is Like Losing a Limb

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Monday, November 17. This was a black day in our calendar. At seven o’clock in the morning, it being our watch below, we were aroused from a sound sleep by the cry of “All hands ahoy! … Continue reading

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A Witness Like Homer

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:   Then [Alexander] came to Phrygia. When he reached the river Scamander, into which Achilles had sprung, he leapt in also. And when he saw the seven-layered shield of Ajax, which was not as large or … Continue reading

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