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The short story you are looking for may have combined a non-fiction text with another text. The second part of the story may have its source in Lucius Annaeus Seneca's De Clementia / On Mercy. Chapter XXIV of Book I of that work begins as follows (quoted from Wikisource): A proposal was once made in the Senate to distinguish slaves from free men by their ...


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Turns out I was right about it being Camus, and I found the quote whilst re-reading The Plague: ‘Question: how can one manage not to lose time? Answer: experience it at its full length. Means: spend days in the dentist's waiting-room on an uncomfortable chair; live on one's balcony on a Sunday afternoon; listen to lectures in a language that one does not ...


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This also sounds somewhat like My Side of the Mountain.


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This seems to be a book called Fat: A Love Story by Barbara Wersba from 1987. From what I gather, everything fits: The heroine (Rita) is 16, American and overweight and starts a relationship with a guy who's 32 and artistic. The book is short (156 pages) and followed by a sequel (Love Is the Crooked Thing) where she has a job (which is a bit meta - she ...


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Pretty sure this is The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball. It's from 2009 and everything you mentioned is there. It's about a man appointed 'municipal inspector' by his uncle who then witnesses a young woman getting into an accident. He poses as her boyfriend and looks after her (she's kind of concussed), but he has to keep her awake or she'll slip into a coma....


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You're looking for Dragon Gets By (by Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey) in which a cute chubby dragon does everything backwards. It's from 1991. In this particular segment, he sees his kitchen is out of food and goes shopping. He drives up a hill to the store, but he ends up buying too many groceries and they can't all fit in his car. His solution is to ...


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Actually, the book was originally published in 1947. Here are a few editions that I found: Wisdom is one : being a collection of quotations from the sayings and writings of some of the masters and their followers, collated to show the fundamental identity of all veritable teachings / compiled by B.W. Huntsman. This is the edition from 2000 in the Library of ...


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Iain M Banks, The Algebraist. It involves nearly immortal manta ray like creatures living in a gas giant, with a gate in its core.


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I was right about the author, it was just the title being one word off. It's "The Automatic Girl" by Alesister Crowley, from PDF page 143 of the erotic poetry book, Snowdrops From A Curate's Garden. The poem is mentioned in only about 261 pages on the internet, according to Google, and isn't mentioned on Wikipedia, so it's not that well known.


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I'm pretty sure it's Gisela Stege Trevanian's Shibumi. A westerner raised in Japan, he survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished assassin. His greatest desire is to attain a state of effortless perfection . . . shibumi. But he is about to face his most sinister and corrupt enemy -- a ...


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