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Mr. Ryhiner gently lowered the snake back into the box where it curled up on an electric heating pad.
"I keep it at 75�," he said. At this point a young man who broadcasts a short-wave program to Switzerland came in with a microphone and a recording machine. He tried to get the snake to hiss for the Swiss, but the python was apparently tired. So they just chatted about it.
Finally the animal man closed the lid on his snake box. Out in the first room a merry group were still sipping cocktails and talking rapidly about snakes and a lot of other things, too.
FABLES IN FRAMMIS
Once upon a time, when SI was very young—newly born, in fact—it published an item which began, "Wants pawn term...." It turned out to be the story of Little Red Riding Hood written in a prose peculiar to Howard Chace, who teaches language at Miami University, Ohio. "Wants pawn term" is the Chacean way of writing "once upon a time." Little Red Riding Hood, to Chace, is "Ladle Rat Rotten Hut." Anyone who has read through the first 50 pages of Finnegans Wake will understand how this could happen to a language teacher. After all, James Joyce had been a language teacher.
Since that time (cents dot thyme) the reading of Chace has become an indoor sport, suitable to long evenings over port and, of course, nuts. It was inevitable, surely, that some publisher would decide to put out a whole book of Chace. Prentice-Hall will do so in the spring, when almost anything is likely to seem normal.
Chace isn't too difficult, once you get the swing of it. Four eggs ample:
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