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He took that skin, and he shook that skin, and he scrubbed that skin, and he rubbed that skin just as full of old, dry, stale, tickly cake-crumbs and some burned currants as ever it could possibly hold. Then he climbed to the top of his palm-tree and waited for the Rhinoceros to come out of the water and put it on, and the rhinoceros did ..


This is the opening passage of “The Manner of Men”, from Limits and Renewals, which tells of the Apostle Paul being wrecked in the ship taking him to Rome and execution, and the powerful impression he makes on the Roman sailors guarding him.