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Mais gardez l’œil ouvert


Vous ne pouvez pas compter sur l’œil quand votre imagination est floue. Mark Twain


From the Quote Investigator: In 1889 Twain wrote “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” in which a character was attempting to determine if an armed group was going to attack.

This sound thickened and approached—from toward the north. Presently I heard it at my own level—the ridge-top of the opposite embankment, a hundred feet or more away. Then I seemed to see a row of black dots appear along that ridge—human heads?

I couldn’t tell; it mightn’t be anything at all; you can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. However, the question was soon settled. I heard that metallic noise descending into the great ditch. It augmented fast, it spread all along, and it unmistakably furnished me this fact: an armed host was taking up its quarters in the ditch.