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“The three of them were sitting in the kitchen, Pelagia unravelling her ever-diminishing blanket, the doctor reading a book of poems, and the captain composing a sonata in the style of Scarlatti.”
““Ah, but next day when she was only reading a book he did his stuff,” put in Oates, who sounded happy, “and Miss Palinode gave him a fine comprehensive lecture on the ethics of true politeness, and half-a-crown.””
“Matter may also arrange itself into brains with any of an infinite number of false-but-detailed thoughts and memories, such as: “I am a spontaneously materialized brain in a universe that contains one other brain” (but no other brain actually exists there); “I am the Vulcan Mr. Spock with a beard”21 (but really am a lone brain in outer space); “I am a person reading a book in the twenty-first century United States” (but, again…).”
“I am reading a book by Grant Allen, “Science in Arcady.” ...”
“I first became informed of the existence of a rice which would grow in uplands without any more water than the common rains, by reading a book of Mr. De Porpre, who had been Governor of the Isle of France, who mentions it as growing there and all along the coast of Africa successfully, and as having been introduced from Cochin-China.”
“Okke asked, who had just been reading a book called Under the Black Flag, which was very thrilling.”
“He had been reading a book of adventure to me, Stevenson's “Black Arrow,” and in it there was a place named “Shoreby,” or “by-the-shore.””
“They hurried down to the Gryffindor common room, which was half-empty, and joined Hermione, who was sitting alone, reading a book called Ancient Runes Made Easy.”
“A noble dinner, and a fine merry walk with the ladies alone after dinner in the garden, which is very pleasant; the greatest quantity of strawberrys I ever saw, and good, and a collation of great mirth, Sir J. Minnes reading a book of scolding very prettily.”
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