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Ravi?”Ravi nodded vigorously. “Piscine?”I nodded

Ravi?”Ravi nodded vigorously. “Piscine?”I nodded even more vigorously. He kept his eyes on me. I nodded so hard I’m surprised my neck didn’t snap andmy head fall to the floor. I would like to say in my own defence that … Continue reading

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patriarch, a lanky, hulking beast of 550 pounds,

patriarch, a lanky, hulking beast of 550 pounds,had been detained. As soon as we stepped in, he loped up tothe bars of his cage and set off a full-throated snarl, ears   flatagainst his skull and round eyes fixed on … Continue reading

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We set out like prisoners off to their execution.

We set out like prisoners off to their execution. We left the house, went through the gate, entered the zoo. It was early and the zoo hadn’t opened yet to the public.   Animal keepers and groundskeepers were going about … Continue reading

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The cruelty is often more active and direct. The

The cruelty is often more active and direct. The literaturecontains reports on the many torments inflicted upon zooanimals: a shoebill dying of shock after having its beaksmashed with a hammer; a moose stag losing its beard, alongwith a strip of … Continue reading

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stealing a cobra. He was a snake charmerwhose

stealing a cobra. He was a snake charmerwhose own snake had died. Both were saved: the cobra froma life of servitude and bad music, and the man from apossible death bite. We had to deal on occasion with stonethrowers, who … Continue reading

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I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get

I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in mycraw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must allpass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played withdoubt, so must we. If Christ spent … Continue reading

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Mr. Kumar looked up and saw me. He smiled and,

Mr. Kumar looked up and saw me. He smiled and, onehand holding onto the railing, the other waving, signalled me tocome over.   This is interesting…” He was indicating the pit. “If we hadpoliticians like these goats and rhinos we’d … Continue reading

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Mr. Kumar was the first avowed atheist I ever met.

Mr. Kumar was the first avowed atheist I ever met. Idiscovered this not in the classroom but at the zoo. He was aregular visitor who read the labels and descriptive notices intheir entirety and approved of every animal he saw. … Continue reading

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He’s an excellent cook. His overheated house is

He’s an excellent cook. His overheated house is alwayssmelling of something delicious. His spice rack looks like anapothecary’s shop. When he opens his refrigerator or hiscupboards, there are many brand names I don’t recognize;in fact, I can’t even tell what … Continue reading

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“I am glad that you could come,” she said, but the

“I am glad that you could come,” she said, but the words were stilted, not especially cordial, and again that inexplicable feeling of uneasiness swept over Roberta. The snowmelt only made him hungrier. It was food his belly craved, not … Continue reading

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