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“When I teach 'The Unfortunate Traveller' (occasionally), I run into problems because, in my attempts to explain to students why the torture of Cutwolfe would have been funny for early modern readers ('Old excellent he was at a bone-ache'), I tend to convince them that I find slow sadistic death rather hilarious myself.”
“He was as wrinkled as a dried apple, and his knees and elbows were swollen with the bone-ache that afflicted the old.”
“Once he was one of the best warriors, but the bone-ache conquered him.”
“After this, the vengeance on the whole camp! or, rather, the Neapolitan bone-ache! for that, methinks, is the curse dependant on those that war for a placket.”
“After this the vengeance on the whole campe, or rather the Neopolitan bone-ache: for that me thinkes is the curse depending on those that warre for a placket.”
“After this, the vengeance on the whole camp! or rather, the bone-ache! for that, methinks, is the curse dependent on those that war for a placket.”
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