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“A landlocked state with no commercial fishery that I've ever heard of ... why would they be impressed with such a 'fish-story'?”
“That's exactly like you!" cried her brother Charlie; "now, I say give us some exciting adventures by sea or by land; a real fish-story, or escape from a lion or tiger, or a tale of a bear, or something of that sort.”
“But my hat is off to him, after all, for he had ready for us, and swears to this day to its truth, the best fish-story of the trip.”
“Plutarch, in THE LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANS, tells a capital fish-story of the manner in which the Egyptian Cleopatra fooled that far-famed Roman wight, Marc Antony, when they were angling together on the Nile.”
“This he would have me believe was the foundation of this fish-story.”
“All that is told of the sea has a fabulous sound to an inhabitant of the land, and all its products have a certain fabulous quality, as if they belonged to another planet, from sea-weed to a sailor's yarn, or a fish-story.”
“I should with reluctance stain these pages with a fiction; and yet the public would have just reason to resent a fish-story without any fish in it.”
“At length in a small brook flowing into the Middle River we found the trout more sociable; and it is lucky that we did so, for I should with reluctance stain these pages with a fiction; and yet the public would have just reason to resent a fish-story without any fish in it.”
“The best English fish-story pure and simple, that I know, is "Crocker's”
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