Fantastic Fables

by Ambrose Bierce

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A Weary Echo

A CONVENTION of female writers, which for two days had been stuffing Woman's couch with goose-quills and hailing the down of a new era, adjourned with unabated enthusiasm, shouting, "Place aux dames!" And Echo wearily replied, "Oh, damn."

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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.