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In fact, the only difference is that this one has a plaque inviting the public to come on board ‘the original Thunderprow’. ’ Sorites remarked, uncivilly, to the proud townsfolk. ’ This was done, but it didn’t seem to improve Thunderprow’s performance on the seas, and for years afterwards people muttered that the Captain had burnt the only Greek warship blessed with invincibility by the gods. Which of the three ships was the original ‘Thunderprow’? 11 Sorites The townsfolk insisted that this could not possibly be the case.

Finishes Maurice. Poor Lord Snotty. He is so ashamed. He hides the offending picture in the attic. It lacks any originality or merit. He can’t think what he liked about it in the first place. Then one day, six years later, he reads in the Telegraph that art experts have discovered that all the great Van Dryvers were in fact paintings by his pupil, Van Rouge, who transformed his master’s tired and clichéd ideas into something rather higher. The value of Van Rouge’s works is now rightly recognised—he is the true giant of Renaissance Art,’ the article finishes.

A hundred students are very cross. Prof. Purple offers his apologies and explains the situation. As an amusing exercise in practical ethics, he asks them to decide whether he has done the right thing. Everyone laughs and agrees it was better to save the puppy even though it inconvenienced them. However, the next week, on the way to the same class, the Prof, sees that the dog has fallen back in again, and he has to rescue it again. This time the students are not so pleased, and half of them say he should have left the dog to its own devices.

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