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Literature and Ideas



The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse’s tail on the entrails of a cat.

To Rome said Nero:  "If to smoke you turn
I shall not cease to fiddle while you burn."
To Nero Rome replied:  "Pray do your worst,
'Tis my excuse that you were fiddling first."

Orm Pludge