English as she was wrote in the year 1922 of the Common Era
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 21, 2003, 20:59|
Now spake Spitfire saying, "Read forth to us, I pray thee, the book
of Gro; for my soul is afire to set forth on this faring."
"'Tis writ somewhat crabbedly," said Brandoch Daha, "and most damnably long.
I spent half last night a-searching on't, and 'tis most apparent no other way
lieth to these mountains save . . . (if Gro say true) but one . . ."
"If he say true?" said Spitfire. "He is a turncoat and a renegado.
Wherefore not therefore a liar?"
"But a philosopher," answered Juss. "I knew him well of old . . .
and I judge him to be one who is not false save only in policy. Subtle
of mind he is, and dearly loveth plotting and scheming, and, as I think,
perversely affecteth ever the losing side if he be drawn into any quarrel
. . . But in this book of his travels he must needs speak truth,
as it seemeth to me, to be true to his own self."
--E.R. Eddison, _The Worm Ouroboros_
John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Charles li reis, nostre emperesdre magnes,
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