Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Feeling

"'Permit me to ask you to feel and be felt by my friend Mr. So-and-so' -- is still, among the more old-fashioned of our country gentlemen in districts remote from towns, the customary formula for a Flatland introduction. But in the towns, and among men of business, the words 'be felt by' are omitted and the sentence is abbreviated to, 'Let me ask you to feel Mr. So-and-so'; although it is assumed, of course, that the 'feeling' is to be reciprocal..."

-- Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Section 5, Of our methods of recognizing one another

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