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  •  In which case we'd have finally caught up (8+ / 0-)

    with Kipling's short story "At the End of the Passage" (1890):

        After breakfast they smoked a pipe in silence to the memory of the dead. Then Spurstow said absently -
         'Tisn't medical science.'
         'What?'
         'Things in a dead man's eye.'
         'For goodness' sake leave that horror alone!' said Lowndes. 'I've seen a native die of pure fright when a tiger chivied him. I know what killed Hummil.'
         'The deuce you do! I'm going to try to see.' And the doctor retreated into the bathroom with a Kodak camera. After a few minutes there was the sound of something being hammered to pieces, and he emerged, very white indeed.
         'Have you got a picture?' said Mottram. 'What does the thing look like?'
         'It was impossible, of course. You needn't look, Mottram. I've torn up the films. There was nothing there. It was impossible.'
         'That,' said Lowndes, very distinctly, watching the shaking hand striving to relight the pipe, 'is a damned lie.'
         Mottram laughed uneasily.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:12:42 PM PST

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