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French Possessions

Bassas da India (0.1 sq mi, 0.2 sq km), a French possession since 1897, is an uninhabited volcanic atoll off the southeastern coast of Africa in the Mozambique channel. Map of Ba…

Poems by Emily Dickinson: Possession

by EmilyDickinsonAt HomeXPossession Possession Did the harebell loose her girdle To the lover bee, Would the bee the harebell hallow Much as formerly? Did the paradise, persuaded, Yield h…

Poems by Emily Dickinson: Possession

At Home X Possession Did the harebell loose her girdle To the lover bee, Would the bee the harebell hallow Much as formerly? Did the paradise, persuaded, Yield her moat of pearl, W…

Shaemas O Sheel: He whom a Dream hath possessed

He whom a Dream hath possessedShaemas O SheelHe whom a dream hath possessed knoweth no more of doubting, For mist and the blowing of winds and the mouthing of words he scorns; Not the sinuous …

The Devil's Dictionary: Accountability

by Ambrose Bierce ACCORDIONACCUSEACCOUNTABILITY -n. The mother of caution. "My accountability, bear in mind," Said the Grand Vizier: "Yes, yes," Said the Shah: "I do — 'tis th…

The Devil's Dictionary: Finance

by Ambrose Bierce FIDELITYFLAGFINANCE -n. The art or science of managing revenues and resources for the best advantage of the manager. The pronunciation of this word with the i long and the…

The Devil's Dictionary: Owe

by Ambrose Bierce OVERWORKOYSTEROWE -v To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness, but possession; it meant "own," and in the minds of debtors there is still…

The Devil's Dictionary: Property

by Ambrose Bierce PROOF-READERPROPHECYPROPERTY -n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may be held by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the passion for posses…

The Devil's Dictionary: Plenipotentiary

by Ambrose Bierce PLEBISCITEPLEONASMPLENIPOTENTIARY -adj. Having full power. A Minister Plenipotentiary is a diplomatist possessing absolute authority on condition that he never exert it. …

The Devil's Dictionary: Portable

by Ambrose Bierce POPULISTPORTUGUESEPORTABLE -adj. Exposed to a mutable ownership through vicissitudes of possession. His light estate, if neither he did make it Nor yet its former gu…