a Nero Wolfe


"Must I again remind you, Archie, of the reaction you would have got if you had asked Velasquez to explain why Aesop's hand was resting inside his robe instead of hanging by his side?

Must I again demonstrate that while it is permissible to request the scientist to lead you back over his footprints, a similar request of the artist is nonsense, since he, like the lark or eagle, has made none?"

Nero Wolfe, to Archie Goodwin, in "Fer de Lance" (1934)


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