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The Devil's Dictionary: Rope

by Ambrose Bierce
ROMANCE
ROSTRUM

ROPE

-n.

An obsolescent appliance for reminding assassins that they too are mortal. It is put about the neck and remains in place one's whole life long. It has been largely superseded by a more complex electrical device worn upon another part of the person; and this is rapidly giving place to an apparatus known as the preachment.

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