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December 30, 2005

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JSpencer

I am thinking of the satire in Little Women -- the original goes like this:

I see the lights of the village
Gleam thro' the rain and mist
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me
Which my soul cannot resist
A feeling of sadness and longing
That is not akin to pain
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

The satire goes:

I see the lights of the baker
Gleam thro' the rain and mist
And a feeling of hunger comes o'er me
Which my soul cannot resist
A feeling of sadness and longing
That is not like being sick
And resembles sorrow only
As a brickbat resembles a brick.

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