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Greek mythology:  a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother; the subject of the drama Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  • ...fatty, beaky, noble Bourbon face was thoughtful, and he'd give you the lowdown on the mechanical age, and on strength and frailty, and piece it out with little digressions on the history of cripples—the dumbness of the Spartans, the fact that Oedipus was lame, that gods were often maimed, that Moses had faltering speech and Dmitri the Sorcerer a withered arm, Caesar and Mahomet epilepsy, Lord Nelson a pinned sleeve—but especially on the machine age and the kind of advantage that had...
    Chapter 5 (50% in)

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