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First Line: I know a human owl
Last Line: And sits.
Subject(s): Old Age


I know a human owl.
Gray-white beard coming to a point; spectacles like an owl's eyes; a short

fat body.
Looks most like an owl when he sits. And he sits almost all the time. In
the Library. I have never seen a man able to sit so much, and so long.
How he does it? He is heavily-cushioned,—below

Well, this owl is hooting for war. ....
Think of it: himself incapable of moving faster than a waddling duck. ....

as sure of his old hide as a superannuated porker,—this creature hoots and

grunts and screeches for slaughter and bloodshed.

From his perch in the Library.
Where he sits.
And sits.
And sits.





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