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Little nails hold the hinge of history, as Bismarck remarked (he would!) the night we set out for Tarlenheim … and didn't Lincoln himself say that Mrs Stowe was the little lady who started the great war, with Uncle Tom's Cabin?
An old Dodge pickup came slowly down the lane, and I pushed back into the seat and hid my face behind the B-pillar, resting my head against the hinge of my seat belt.
It was surely the moment in which Gough's battered little army stared certain death and destruction in the face, and whatever may have settled our fate later, one man turned the hinge then and there.
In Egyptian the hinge is called Akab = the heel, hence the proverb Wakaf’ al-báb alá