Tulse Luper – 6. Pencils

The acquisition and orderly retention of knowledge are the clothes of a human being. From the Garden onwards, we have fought for this. Never let those pornographers who say we should run naked, as free as God made us, in sylvan dales of blissful ignorance, gain their victory. Learning is all.

A profound keeper of lists he is. The largest example, scrolling, is a record of the animals he has accidentally squashed: slugs, snails, ants, beetles, spiders, starting around the year 1914. Predominantly insects.
Other lists include:—
Images of humans and dogs who resemble each other (without conscious manipulation of the dog).
Inventors killed by their own inventions: including Marie Curie, née Maria Sklodowska.
Biblical references to eggs.
Notable persons who died aged 43.
The alternative doings of notable persons at the age 43, an inverse set.
Instances of trinities in the Singspiel Die Zauberflöte.
Remarkable adaptations of insects, to appear to be either reptiles or amphibians.
A list of French operas containing prison scenes or references to prisons.
Animals nonexistent in pre-Columbian America, but contained in the wisdom of the Book of Mormon: horses, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, and elephants.
Suicide, witchcraft, perjury, death at the hand of a vampire, being a seventh son, being born with a caul, having a cat of any shade jump over one’s corpse, a mother with child conversing with a vampire, or dying with an unrequited love: some of the predominant causes of vampirism.

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These suitcases represent the world according to Tulse Luper.

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