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February 23: Entry in the Log of the Silver Dream:
Today we dropped anchor at the city of Alexandria. Our explorations of the ruins of the famous library here have revealed an ancient tome which we believe is the famous, lost “Book of Answers” containing the wisdom of the universe. We can consult this 'ancient tome' whenever we don't know what to do. . .
Sharon had brought an old book to the Silver Dream that day. It had a splotchy blue leather cover with gold letters on the spine. The leather was real flaky. The pages were brittle, too, all yellow. It was full of words in a foreign language.
“Is it a Bible?” I asked.
“No, it’s in Spanish, I think,”
“So it could be a Spanish Bible.”
“It’s got an author’s name on it, Lopé de Vega. I don’t think he wrote the Bible.”
“What’s it about?” I asked.
“I’m not sure. I don’t know any Spanish.”
“Jose Muñoz is a friend of mine. He could translate some of it for us.”
Sharon shook her head. “I think it would be better not to know. What if it turns out to be a book about turnips or parsnips or something like that? It’s more fun not knowing what it’s about. Let’s leave it a mystery book.”
“Or a book that has the answers to all our questions.”
“Yes, that’s what it is! The Magic Book of Answers.”
“Where did you find it?”
She smiled. “At a garage sale for ten cents.”
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