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I had killed a big snake. I was now a big fellow.

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THERE was a curious social situation in Black Hawk. All the young men felt the attraction of the fine, well-set-up country girls who had come to town to earn a living, and, in nearly every case, to help the father struggle out of debt, or to make it possible for the younger children of the family to go to school.
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In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever.
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The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
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To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
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Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.
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Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.
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