So there existed fathers who dealt in the present, who didn't drag ancient history around like a ball and chain. So there were men who were not neck-deep and sinking in the quagmire of the past.
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Early in the morning, late in the century, Cricklewood Broadway.
Blimey, thought Kelvin, what an eye-to-face ratio. When you want to say something delicate, you don't want that eye-to-face ration staring up at you. Big eyes, like a child's or a baby seal's; the physiognomy of innocence--looking at Archie Jones is like looking at something that expects to be clubbed round the head any second.
You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair.
One just has to look at the thing from a perspective that interests you personally.
Full stories are as rare as honesty.
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