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Secondly the fact that a limit is then imposed but only arbritrarily policed means it gets little respect from those who flout it.
As for masterpieces the closest I'll admit to thinking anything I wrote was a masterpiece is once when I picked up my third novel having not looked at it in a few years, opened it arbritrarily, read a paragraph and wondered how the hell I could have written it it was so damn good.
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