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Cobwebs from an Empty Skull By Ambrose Bierce Characters: 773

Updated: 2017-11-30 00:04

"Pray walk into my parlour," said the spider to the fly.

"That is not quite original," the latter made reply.

"If that's the way you plagiarize, your fame will be a fib-

But I'll walk into your parlour, while I pitch into your crib.

But before I cross your threshold, sir, if I may make so free,

Pray let me introduce to you my friend, 'the wicked flea.'"

"How do you?

" says the spider, as his welcome he extends;

"'How doth the busy little bee,' and all our other friends?"

"Quite well, I think, and quite unchanged," the flea said; "though I learn,

In certain quarters well informed, 'tis feared 'the worm will turn.'"

"Humph!" said the fly; "I do not understand this talk-not I!"

"It is 'classical allusion,'" said the spider to the fly.

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