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Read on November 08, 2013
For Yves and Mary-Jane
Opening: P'pa, although a de Bergerac, a Frenchman and married to my mother, had a Chinese concubine. He brought her back from a voyage to Peking in the spring of 1881. M'man took one look at the woman's tiny, cloven hooves and swollen belly and before fainting shouted, 'Kremlin and Vatican!',the only curse she knew. The infidel's name was Dust.
fulvous: tawny; dull yellowish gray or yellowish brown.
[1655–65; < Latin fulvus; see -ous]
cesalpinia small spiny tropical trees or shrubs; includes the small genus or subgenus Poinciana. genus Caesalpinia
strabismic: (Medicine / Pathology) abnormal alignment of one or both eyes, characterized by a turning inwards or outwards from the nose thus preventing parallel vision: caused by paralysis of an eye muscle, etc. Also called squint
[via New Latin from Greek strabismos, from strabizein to squint, from strabos cross-eyed]
pullulating: intr.v. pul·lu·lat·ed, pul·lu·lat·ing, pul·lu·lates
1. To put forth sprouts or buds; germinate.
2. To breed rapidly or abundantly.
3. To teem; swarm:
[Latin pullulre, pullult-, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus, young fowl; see pullet.]
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac
Okay - you have to remember that this is 160 pages short, so when I say I got bored pretty quick, we are talking that the zoomzamazoom lasted for what, 40 pages!? Downhill from there, but that doesn't mean it lost its pithy one-liners, it just means they were less prevalent.
Glad I engaged, but more glad when it slung its hook....Continua