“We of the Lost Generation were taught that the snake hears, as well as feels, with the tongue. It sounded silly, but we took it, doped as we all were by World War I, or were we just naturally dopes?”
“What of the Guppyi, the Helleri, the Tetras and Danios and other tropicals with which our apartments are full to overflowing? Well, at least they keep our own offspring off the streets: you can hardly pry them away from the tank. They might miss something. I always say a small aquarium containing several of these delicately lovely creatures is truly educational, for it is here that our kiddies learn all they need to know about infanticide, homicide, uxoricide, cannibalism in the home and those other familiar matters of domestic routine.”
Will Cuppy: Our autobiographical narrator
“Here is no demon with murder in his heart. Here is no devil incarnate. For there in the full sunshine, the cynosure of every clam, he weeps, the stranger weeps. Anon, he sneezes, and again his eyes drip blinding tears. 'Tis plain some nobler grief than the want of a square meal is bothering this chap. All told, it was pretty pathetic.”
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