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Hogging all the best word orders
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0465  Wednesday, 11 July 2007

From: 		Al Magary <
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Date: 		Monday, 09 Jul 2007 13:49:30 -0700
Subject: 	Hogging all the best word orders

The NYTimes today had four writers imagine an ending to the Harry Potter 
series (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/opinion/08potterintro.html). 
Polly Horvath imagines everyone dying in a blaze of glory--except Harry, 
who trips, and Hermione, who survives and finds herself with a newborn 
in a coffee shop, with pen and notebook.  The waitress asks:

"Isn't it a bit tricky then, writing a bunch of books if you've never 
written anything before?"

"Nah, I got it beat. I figure it's all in arranging words in some sort 
of order. Sentences they call it. Like this one I come up with this 
morning: 'Started out, Could nutshell myself infinite were bad dreams 
God, I count, a king, oh, space bounded in not I have that and it of a 
be.' Then I rearranged things a bit and got this: 'Oh God, I could be 
bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space were it 
not that I have bad dreams.' Don't know what it means."

"That's Shakespeare, that is," said the waitress.

"DRATS! Not again. He hogged all the best word orders. Never mind, I got 
the whole day to reorder me words. Bring a piece of cake and keep them 
cups of tea coming. I plans to knock off three of these suckers by 
closing time."

Cheers,
Al Magary

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