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the practical concerns of painted elephants: a dialogue

— The elephant is dreaming of the circus.

— No.

— No?

— That’s not a parasol, it’s an umbrella.

— What’s the difference?

— A parasol is decorative, or for blocking unwanted sun. That’s an umbrella.

— Then what’s the elephant doing with an umbrella?

— It’s a preventative measure. He’s concerned that the rain might wash him off the wall.

About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

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