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Friday, 17 August 2007


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1. "I know the ant."

2. "Finally a monkey."


Ants pretend to do things? I always thought the little jerks in my kitchen were smart, but now that I know they're capable of dissembling I shall have no mercy.

Tim Lacy

Great excerpt. As a native Missourian, I'm obliged - happily - to venerate Mr. Clemens.

On your favorite sentences, I would've guessed:

1. "They had charming sport." and
2. "They lived together in peace; even affectionately."

- TL


Now Twain... he's so dreamy.

Adam Roberts

There's some confusion here in Twain's mind about whether Darwin's book is called the Ascent or Descent of Man that rather takes the shine of the comedy, I feel. Unless this was a prophetic dig at Jacob Bronowski.


Twain also said "Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."


"This seemed to suggest that the earl was descended from the anaconda, and had lost a good deal in the transition."

"I know the ant."

Especially the second one.

chloe sprei

Philosophy: man's cruel and obsessive desire to experiment with other beings and nature is the same descent from higher animals.

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