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  • "It was laid catty-wumpus, but she brought it so cleverly, and made it breathe-we thought 'twas dead, it was so still, but it wasn't!

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

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  • "'Mrs. Fraser brought the child,' Mrs. Tolliver explained eagerly. 'It was laid catty-wumpus, but she brought it so cleverly, and made it breathe—we thought 'twas dead, it was so still, but it wasn't! Isn't that wonderful, Tolly?'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 777

    February 3, 2010