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  • "It must be something like the tertian ague," he said. "When it hits you it's bad. When you don't have it, it's as though never did have it."
    Raymond Chandler, 1953, The Long Goodbye, chapter 3

    September 5, 2009

  • "'Do you think it really useful to discuss these remote hypotheses? If you were to ask me about the tertian ague or the osteology of the cassowary I could give you a reasonable answer...'" --Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, 358

    February 9, 2008