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And this restriction on numbers, of course taboos all mention of dates.
Many abbreviations also must be avoided; the most common of all, “Mr.” and “Mrs.” being particularly troublesome; for those words, if read aloud, plainly indicate the E in their .
But gradually as they saw me writing on and on, without even noticing them, they grew uneasy; and, with excited whisperings amongst themselves, began hopping up and riding on my pen, looking down constantly for a chance to drop off into some word; for all the world like sea-birds perched, watching for a passing fish!
But when they saw that I had covered 138 pages of typewriter size paper, they slid off onto the floor, walking sadly away, arm in arm; but shouting back: “You certainly must have a hodge-podge of a yarn there without Us! We are in every story ever written, hundreds of thousands of times! ” Pronouns also caused trouble; for such words as he, she, they, them, theirs, her, herself, myself, himself, yourself, etc., could not be utilized.
) denouncing me as a “genuine fake;” (that paradox being a most interesting one!In closing let me say that I trust you may learn to love all the young folks in the story, as deeply as I have, in introducing them to you.Like many a book, it grows more and more interesting as the reader becomes well acquainted with the characters.Written during 19, this work became famous for lacking the letter "e" in its manuscript—an example of a lipogram.Its publication was delayed by two years while author Wright tried to find a publisher; eventually, a Los Angeles vanity press called Wetzel picked it up.