November 23, 2001

Know, dear Reader, that if you have not yet understood that the creatures of which we speak are far from the humans they were once intended to resemble, then this tale is prepared to offer very little in the way of credit, and you should take pains not to exceed your limit. Know, too, that I do not wish that you delve any deeper into their identity, for knowledge of it would only give this tale an unnecessarily and inappropriately comic turn. I concede, however, that this last exigence may be but a vanity of mine, in that your knowledge -- the moment at which you cry Eureka -- undermines the imagination of which I wish to boast. This tale is far less imaginative when you do not take it at face-value.

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