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A Pelican at Blandings

She had no objection to some men being young –  waiters, for instance, or policemen or representatives of the country in the Olympic games – but in a man whose walk in life was to delve into people’s subconscious and … Continue reading

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Feet of Clay

Only crimes could take place in the darkness. Punishment had to take place in the light.

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A Mathematician’s Apology

“Judged by all practical standards, the value of my mathematical life is nil; and outside mathematics it is trivial anyhow. I have just one chance of escaping a verdict of triviality, that I may be judged to have created something … Continue reading

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Angela’s Ashes

I don’t know what it means and I don’t care because it’s Shakespeare and it’s like having jewels in my mouth when I say the words. I say, Billy, what’s the use in playing croquet when you’re doomed? He says, … Continue reading

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All Quiet on the Western Front

“But what I like to know,” says Albert, “is whether there would not have been a war if the Kaiser had said No … Well, if not him alone, then perhaps if twenty or thirty people in the world had … Continue reading

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King Solomon’s Ring

The creative writer, in depicting an animal’s behaviour, is under no great obligation to keep within the bounds of exact truth than is the painter or the sculptor in shaping an animal’s likeness. But   all three artists must regard … Continue reading

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In the Mountains

There is the oddest lot of books in this house, pitchforked together by circumstances, and sometimes their accidental rearrangement by Antoine after cleaning their shelves each spring of my absence would make their writers, if they could know, curdle between … Continue reading

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