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- Like some poor devils ashore that happen to know an irascible great man, they make distant unobtrusive salutations to him in the street, lest if they pursued the acquaintance further, they might receive a summary thump for their presumption.Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (52% in)
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