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January 11th, 2008, 08:00
A bit further along in Captain Alatriste--Perez-Reverte is really an engaging writer--short example below if interested--(to set the scene, Alatriste is in The Tavern of the Turk, run by his benefactress a former prostitute who has taken him under her wing, drinking with his cronies--a lawyer, a Jesuit priest , and a poet in and out of political favor):
"What news of your petition?" Vicuna asked with interest.
The poet swiped his mouth with the back of his hand. A few drops of wine had fallen on the cross of Santiago embroidered on the breast of his black sleeved doublet.
"I believe," he said, " that Philip the Great is wiping his ass with it. "
"That itself is an honor," Licienciado Calzas argued.
Don Francisco appropriated another jug.
"In that case," there was a pause as he drank, "The honor is to his royal ass. The paper was good, a half ducat a ream, and I wrote it in my best hand."
'Kay sorry all--back to my reading.
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