Serviceable sentences, 3/10,000

A generation knowing top hats only as props for conjurors does not think it so remarkable when rabbits emerge from them, as when a man is seen in the street wearing one on his head.
—Iona & Peter Opie, “Preface” to The Oxford Book of Children’s Verse (1973)


Cf. Gene Wolfe, from “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” (1972): “A child, not knowing what is extraordinary and what commonplace, usually lights midway between the two, finds interest in incidents adults consider beneath notice, and calmly accepts the most improbable occurrences.”

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