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Re: Are Duck Pins Period?
Good day --
Master Andrixos brings up once again the subject of duke pens. These duke
pens are reprehensible instrumentalities devised by the insecure to separate
those of us of ducal rank from our beloved subjects at gatherings of
conviviality. They make a duke pine for the old days when freedom and liberty
ran riot. Melisande, why does Strykar have poultry fastened to that damnable
landsknecht thing? What is this kingdom coming to? Pass the glug, please.
-- Duke Gyrth
To Duke Gyrth from Countess Ianthe,
I understand your point about Duke Pens - not unlike Countess Corrals
they limit freedom of movement, but I am not sure that Andrixos meant
the large sty-like enclosures we both detest.
He may have been referring to writing instruments. Since we all know
that Dukes have sacrificed the greater part of their lives and
learning to pursuit of the sword, Andrixos may be pointing out the
rarity of the "Duke Pen." After all, what need have Dukes for
literacy and writing instruments when they have the Lists?
Of course, I will not mention that the Duke Pen, rare as it is, has
been rendered obsolete by the Duke Keyboard.
(who hasn't run riot in a good many years)