[lit-ideas] Re: Solitary Tunicates

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:29:23 -0800

On Jan 19, 2012, at 7:17 PM, John McCreery wrote:
> There I mentioned Romer's opening sentence, still to me one of the most 
> beautiful I've ever read, "Simplest are the solitary tunicates." The solitary 
> tunicates are the sacs from which the vertebrate story is drawn.

I perceive the charm here.  The words remind me of one of my favorite 
sentences, to be found in the eleventh Britannica's essay on sheep, 
"Practically they [sheep] form a group impossible of definition, as they pass 
imperceptibly into the goats."

Trot that one out next time someone says you must separate the sheep from the 

David Ritchie,
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Portland, Oregon

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