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406 The third problem was elephant tracks. Directly behind the elephant enclosure was a steep hill, which the animal could not possibly have climbed, so even if we suppose that the elephant had somehow managed to pull its leg out of the steel ring and leap over the ten-foot-high fence, it would still have had to escape down the path to the front of the enclosure, and there was not a single mark anywhere in the soft earth of that path that could be seen as an elephant's footprint. Riddled as it was with such perplexities and labored circumlocutions, the newspaper article as a whole left but one possible conclusion: The elephant had not escaped. It …

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vanishing elephant 410 416

410 A kitchen probably does need a few things more than it needs unity. But those other elements are things you can't sell. And in this pragmatic world of ours, things you can't sell don't count for much.' 'Is the world such a pragmatic place?', I took out a cigarette and lit it with my lighter. 'I don't know—the word just popped out,' I said. “But it explains a lot. It makes work easier, too. You can play games with it, make up neat expressions: “essentially pragmatic”, or "pragmatic in essence”. If you look at things that way, you avoid all kinds of complicated problems.' 'What an interesting view! ‘Not really. It's what everybody thinks. Oh, b…

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the Elephant Vanishes

400 When the elephant disappeared from our town's elephant house, I read about it in the newspaper. My alarm clock woke me that day, as always, at 6:13. I went to the kitchen, made coffee and toast. turned on the radio, spread the paper out on the kitchen table, and proceeded to munch and read. I'm one of those people who read the paper from beginning to end, in order, so it took me awhile to get to the article about the vanishing elephant. The front page was filled with stories of SDI and the trade friction with America, after which I plowed through the national news, international politics, economics, letters to the editor, book reviews, real-estat…

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