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  • "Instead of adapting data to a computerized program, d'Hémery recounted anecdotes. In the report on Crébillon fils, for example, he noted: 'His father said "There are only two things that I regret having done, Semiramis and my son." "Oh, don't worry," the son replied. "No one attributes either of them to you."'"

    —Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre, And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York: Vintage Books, 1984), 147

    September 22, 2008