Martin was, like most inhabitants of Elk Mills before the SlavoItalian immigration, a Typical Pure-bred Anglo-Saxon American, which means that he was a union of German, French, Scotch, Irish, perhaps a little Spanish, conceivably a little of the strains lumped together as "Jewish," and a great deal of English, which is itself a combination of primitive Briton, Celt, Phoenician, Roman, German, Dane, and Swede.
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The Phoenician alphabet is generally believed to be the ancestor of all modern alphabets.
One of those Phoenicians who assume all Waldenites are illiterate.