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Miss Mary's Lion
Ernest Hemingway
December 20, 1971
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December 20, 1971

Miss Mary's Lion

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"Don't embarrass Charo with your shouting."

"I wasn't shouting."

"You ought to hear yourself sometimes."

"Listen," I whispered.

"Don't say listen and don't whisper. And don't say on your own two feet and when the chips are down."

"You certainly make lion hunting lovely sometimes. How many people have betrayed you in it so far?"

"Pop and you and I don't remember who else. G.C. probably will, too. If you know so much you lion hunting general who knows everything why haven't the birds come down to feed if the lion's left the kill?"

"Because either one or both of his lionesses are still on it or laying up close to it?"

"Aren't we going to see?"

"From farther up the road and so as not to spook anything. I want them all to be confident."

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