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On the Tana River (from A. Quatermain)

from the bite of a lion at the battle of Blood River touches of kinship as surely ‘civilization fails us’   ‘where is the dog’ on the Tana River rank growth and rubbish no room for standing waterbirch right and left   beautiful yellow fish moonbeams played the black bosom of the cloud timely doses(…)

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Bitter, bitter (from R.Kipling)

blunted this your wife’s amusements for incurables the dark world a new bad word any homeward bound steamer ‘my fire of straw’ the irksome monotony be measured a sapphire with two diamonds from off their backs east of Suez with sherry and bitters that bitter, bitter cold that nuzzling raw meat after a wet night(…)

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Separate as silkworms (from K.A.Porter)

‘what have you done’ dullards at the Captain’s table   a jump ahead good Jewish friends a good cigar   maybe both on a straw mat   light blue, dark blue colorless sexless pair   fatal ruby network someday dilating and wincing peeping and snatching   her feelings were hurt again insect, fish, flower, bird(…)

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Young men kneeling (from T.Mann)

the public, the people watery eyes nothing was wanting over the trees stood forgotten the spherical jar of chloroform young men kneeling his blanched nose visibly constricted neither a miser nor a hypochondriac less ideologically hampered in half-profile the lonely and domineering man no blame attaches   stunted, useless behind a cordon salt and silver(…)

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Much mended (from H.d.B)

in 1819 too often hollow both sexes and others pigs, poultry and rabbits the stout cook much mended grasshopper-sounding shrill when winter was at hand so much for sawdust faintly-colored face yellow hut five Louis’ more or less   could be useful ‘if I were rich’ a black coat at half-past two left his hat(…)

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Tea (from O.Pamuk)

a promise, a sign for poetry tall for a Turk later on   plexiglass panels thought he saw intense, almost instinctive dread   the empty windows everything there was to know baring tins of sunflower oil tea and medicine the high price of a glass of tea   as if two hard whacks no one(…)

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