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  • "When she finally got news of Weebe's infidelity, she put a gun to her head. But she fell asleep, a kind of reverie, they say. Isn't that the grandest scrinshank? Oh yes, maybe that's a word from before your time as well. It means a hesitation so as to avoid an issue, scrinshank does. Elizabeth Weebe hesitated and dozed off, right in her chair!"

    —Howard Norman, The Bird Artist (New York: Picador USA), 256

    March 20, 2009