Sunday, June 29, 2014

rejection slip

The Chinese editor, with the unfailing courtesy of his race, has endeavored to take the sting out of the rejection slip in the following manner:

 "To Those Whose Divine Manuscripts We Have Rejected:
We have read your manuscript with infinite delight.
By the sacred ashes of our ancestors, we must swear that we have never read such a splendid piece of writing.
But if we printed it, His Majesty the Emperor, our most high and mighty ruler, would order us to take this as a model, and never print anything inferior.
And this would not be I possible in less than a thousand years.
We regret to return your divine manuscript, and ask one thousand pardons."

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