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THE INQUISITIVE MAN
OOD day, dear friend; where do you come from?"
"From the Museum, where I have spend three hours. I saw everything they
have there, and examined it carefully. So much have I seen to astonish
me that, if you will believe me, I am neither strong nor clever enough
to give you the description of it. Upon my word, it is a palace of wonders.
"How rich is Nature in inventions! What birds and beasts have I not seen
there! What flies, butterflies, cockroaches, and curious beetles—some
like emeralds, others like corals! And what tiny cochineal insects! Why,
really, some of them are smaller than a pinís head."
 "But did you see the elephant? What did you think of it? Iíll be bound
you felt as if you were at a mountain."
"The elephant? Are you quite sure it is there?
"Well, brother, you mustnít be too hard on me; but to tell the truth,
I didnít remark the elephant."