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A Quiet Cigarette

I am a great fan of murder mysteries, and in one that I read several months ago, I came across this sentence: The steward was outside the laundry, enjoying a quiet cigarette. My mind promptly seized on a quiet cigarette, … Continue reading

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Syntax Critical

Last night, I came across this sentence in a mystery novel: The little Adelie penguins who congregated on Cape Royds each spring and laid their eggs and raised their broods had had to walk sixty kilometers across the ice to … Continue reading

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