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Like sheep which, having been driven to a pasture, can now spread out at their leisure, the clouds began to drift. Afternoon sunlight sliced through into the still waters. The boomerang hung in the sky, and the boy thought he would have to find a new word for the way the colours glowed.
In the meantime, he looked down at the water and tried out the word he'd been taught by his grandfather, who'd been taught it by his grandfather, and which had been kept for thousands of years for when it would been needed.
It meant the smell after rain.
It had, he thought, been well worth waiting for.


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I've always felt that what I have going for me is not my imagination, because everyone has an im...
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The most watched programme on the BBC, after the news, is probably 'Doctor Who.' What has ha...
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After a while the Senior Wrangler said, "Do you know, I read the other day that every atom in your b...
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He said that there was death and taxes, and taxes was worse, because at least death didn’t happen ...
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The reaper does not listen to the harvest.
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Was that what it was really like to be alive? The feeling of darkness dragging you forward?
How...
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ALL THINGS THAT ARE, ARE OURS. BUT WE MUST CARE. FOR IF WE DO NOT CARE, WE DO NOT EXIST. IF WE DO NO...
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In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good b...
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New things, new ideas arrived and strutted their stuff and were vilified by some and then lo! that w...
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She sniffed, and smiled a bit, but not too much because if there is one thing worse than someone who...
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...it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting ca...
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I think perhaps the most important problem is that we are trying to understand the fundamental worki...
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Your own brain ought to have the decency to be on your side!
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Welcome to fear, said Moist to himself. It's hope, turned inside out. You know it can't go wrong, yo...
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But, in truth, it had not exactly been gold, or even the promise of gold, but more like the fantasy ...
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Look, he said to his imagination, if this is how you're going to behave, I shan't bring you again.
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The only really sane person in there is Igor, and possibly the turnip. And I'm not sure about the tu...
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And if you couldn't trust the government, who could you trust? Very nearly everyone, come to think o...
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Good or bad, do it as you. Too many lies and there's no truth to go back to.
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You take a bunch of people who don't seem any different from you and me, but when you add them all t...
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How can you protect yourself by carrying a sword if you don’t know how to use it?’
Not me, ...
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I wonder if it's like this for mountain climbers, he thought. You climb bigger and bigger mountains ...
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But the purpose of the book is not the horror, it is horror's defeat.
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Night, forever. But within it, a city, shadowy and only real in certain ways.
The entity cower...
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Anyway, it's like with bikes,' said the first speaker authoritatively. 'I thought I was going to get...
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Many things went on at Unseen University and, regrettably, teaching had to be one of them. The facul...
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It was impossible for him to get bored. He just didn't have the imagination.
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Probably the last sound heard before the Universe folded up like a paper hat would be someone saying...
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We can't just drop everything, sir!"
"Mister Lipwig. Is there something in the word 'tyrant' yo...
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Reality so often fails when it comes to small, satisfying details, she thought.
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And when in doubt, take all your clothes off,' said Caleb. 'What for?' 'Sign of a good berserk, taki...
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Never build a dungeon you wouldn't be happy to spend the night in yourself. The world would be a hap...
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His sister had been sent down to the village to ask Mistress Garlick the witch how you stopped spell...
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Little crimes breed big crimes. You smile at little crimes and then big crimes blow your head off.
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(About a cookbook...)
- What about this one? Maids of Honor?
- Weeelll, they starts OUT as...
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Look, this is just the cemetery. It's got bylaws and things! It's not Transylvania! There's just dea...
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And just when you’d think [humans] were more malignant than ever Hell could be, they occasionally ...
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Truth! Freedom! Justice! And a hard-boiled egg!
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HOROSCOPE:
Today is a good time for making new friends. A good deed may have unforeseen consequ...
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And all the stories had, somewhere, the witch. The wicked old witch.
And Tiffany had thought: W...
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I can see we're going to get along like a house on fire," said Miss Tick. "There may be no survivors...
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Sister Mary was a nurse and nurses, whatever their creed, are primarily nurses, which had a lot to d...
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The fact is that camels are far more intelligent than dolphins. They are so much brighter that they ...
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Witches knew that mysterious omens were around all the time. The world was always very nearly drowni...
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Did she help people?" Miss Level added.
...
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"She made them help one another, she ...
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She was not an unkind woman, despite a lifetime of being gently dried out on the stove of education,...
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The Patrician took a sip of his beer. “I have told this to few people, gentlemen, and I suspect I ...
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Well, yes, but it's not about the football."
"You're saying that football is not about football...
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I would not like it thought that I do not buy my own paperclips, sir. I enjoy owning my own papercli...
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Many bad things were done under the Evil Empire" she said. "The best we can do now is undo them. Wil...
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Apes had it worked out. No ape would philosophize, "The mountain is, and is not." They would think, ...
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