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The Metathetical Worm / Il Verme Disicio

In a royal white mantle all gleaming,

waves and flames: It is the Bookworm.

(Paul Verlaine)

 

Of all the animals that live between the pages of books, the Metathetical Worm is surely the most destructive. None of its ilk can equal it. Not even the Capital Phagebug, which eats the capital letters, or the Mooth, a small hymenopteron, which eats the double letters with a preference for the M’s and the N’s, and gluttonously devours words such as “millennium” and “mammary.”

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