Friday, November 17, 2006

...gave an amusing account of visiting Blackwell's shop with Hugo Dyson. When he came to the point at which the assistant returned to Hugo and said: Sorry, sir, we have no second-hand copy, but we have a new copy (and H. replied, Well, rub it on the floor and make it secondhand: it's all the same to me), there was loud applause.

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, excerpt from a letter to his son Michael


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