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Dangerous Animal

In response to:

Translation from the January 20, 1966 issue

To the Editors:

May I play the learned friend whom Mr. Nabokov addresses, and sharpen the second line in his paraphase of

Cet animal est très méchant,
Quand on l’attaque il se défend.

I propose (echoing a phrase from Edmund Burke),

This animal is very wicked,
It bites the foot that tries to kick it.
J. Bronowski

La Jolla

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