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I and My Chimney
Herman Melville

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I and My Chimney 

by Herman Melville 

I and my chimney, two grey-headed old smokers, reside in the
country.  We are, I may say, old settlers here; particularly my
old chimney, which settles more and more every day.   

Though I always say, I AND MY CHIMNEY, as Cardinal Wolsey used to
say, "I AND MY KING," yet this egotistic way of speaking, wherein
I take precedence of my chimney, is hereby borne out by the
facts; in everything, except the above phrase, my chimney taking
precedence of me.   

Within thirty feet of the turf-sided road, my chimney--a huge,
corpulent old Harry VIII of a chimney--rises full in front of me
and all my possessions.  Standing well up a hillside, my chimney,
like Lord Rosse's monster telescope, swung vertical to hit the
meridian moon, is the first object to greet the approaching

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