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    I think Clare makes an excellent suggestion. I think I'll go read a book today.

    I recommend any of the following (not in any particular order):
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Anything from the DiscWorld series by Terry Pratchett
- The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
- The Gospels by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
- The Boy Who Drew Cats by Lafcadio Hearn
- Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown This is by a collection of authors. I don't pretend to understand them all. Mathmanship by Vasberg is the best one.
- The Further Inventions of Daedalus: A Compendium of Plausible Schemes by David E H Jones. This is thinking outside the box at it's best.
- The Space Child's Mother Goose by Frederick Winsor, illustrated by Marian Parry
- Almost any short story by Checkhov
- Anything by A A Milne
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- (*sigh*) And as much as it galls me to admit it, yes, the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
- Oh, yes... Allegory by myself.
There are, of course, a legion of books that deserve to be read. Would that I had the time.

Drawing completed - 08 APR 2010
Drawing posted - 14 APR 2010

20 JUNE 2001 Wednesday - 2000
Page 61
Black Kettle Pub

    Clare, however, had a ready explanation to provide to Thaddeus' question. "Because the Portrayals rely on an archetypal iconography," she idly stated, taking a sip of her beer.

    A pall of silence filled the area as everyone stopped to look at Clare.

    "What?" she said self-consciously.

    "What in Jack's name dis that mean?" Thaddeus ejaculated.

    "It means every kind of animal has symbolic characteristics," Linda explained. "Geez, don't you people know anything?"

    Pete added, "It also means Clare's been readin' again."

    "Well . . . what if I have?" Clare objected. "It's no sin to read. You lot should try it some time. Do all of you some good."

    "Maist o ma day is spent readin," Thaddeus objected.

    "I wasn't talking about prospectuses and white papers," Clare replied.
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