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  • "We were up until some very wee hours last night, and the old sarx doesn't recover as fast when you're Father William's age, does it?"

    Looking back, I do not know what it was that raised my hackles at that point. His use of a Greek wolrd to a marginally educated secretary could have been innocent, but somehow I knew instantly that it was not. . . . I used bewilderment to cover my confusion.

    "I'm sorry, I thought his name . . . What did you say about sharks?"

    "Sarx, my dear Miss Small, sarx. Corpus, you know, this too, too solid and all that. But surely you know Greek, if this is yours."

    Laurie R. King, A Letter of Mary (New York: Picador, 1996), p. 186

    January 2, 2016