Aside

“Next to the dais the poet’s clerk was doing a brisk trade in autographed scrolls.”

The Collected Short StoriesIT WAS THE FIRST DAY of the Tattoo Fair, and the town square was bustling with vendors and performers from the Nine Provinces of Mnemosynea. Pthalean playwrights were rehearsing songs and skits with Pthersikorean dancers. From a dais two feet square a Kalliopean poet was declaiming in iambic pentameter what appeared to be an epic concerning the life of Okeon, the god of the sea, who had five wives, seventeen children, and a great deal of domestic discord which played out, as one might expect, on the hapless humankind living on shore. Next to the dais the poet’s clerk was doing a brisk trade in autographed scrolls.

–”Justice is a Two-edged Sword”

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