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  • The sound of cheerful voices came from the kitchen garden, several horses grazed contentedly in the paddock nearby, and far away down the distant silver river, a small boat came down, a four-oared piretta, its oars stroking the surface, brisk and graceful as a water strider.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes


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  • "We had not yet cleared Wilmington's harbor, and small pirettas and sculls darted past like water bugs, whipping in and out between the larger, slower-moving craft."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 127

    January 17, 2010