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by Ambrose Bierce
ABSCOND
ABSENTEE

ABSENT

-adj.

Peculiarly exposed to the tooth of detraction; vilifed; hopelessly in the wrong; superseded in the consideration and affection of another.

   To men a man is but a mind.  Who cares
What face he carries or what form he wears?
But woman's body is the woman. O,
Stay thou, my sweetheart, and do never go,
But heed the warning words the sage hath said:
A woman absent is a woman dead.

- Jogo Tyree