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See, I was right. —From Das Kapital 2 (sequel to Das Kapital by Karl Marx)
HappyMeals are all alike; each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way. —From Anna McKarenina (sequel to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanzaa Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
All animals are equal, except those with swine flu. —From Mexican Animal Farm (sequel to Animal Farm by George Orwell)
Robert Langdon stared at the 500-year-old bank book from Milan's venerable Banca di Tutti Lire, stunned by its implications: Leonardo's vast fortune was intact and available for withdrawal from any ATM, provided one had the Master's PIN. —From The Da Vinci PIN Code (sequel to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown) Submitted by Larry Hughes, Book Flack At Large
Echecrates: "Were you yourself, Phaedo, there when Socrates rose from the grave as a zombie, opening a giant can of wup ass on the citizens of Athens?" Phaedo: "Yes, Echecrates, I was—and I was AFRAID." —From Phaedo 2: The Revenge of Socrates (sequel to Phaedo by Plato) Submitted by E. J. McAdams, New York
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the new parents of a colicky baby must be in want of some sleep. —From Pride, Prejudice, and Parenthood (sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Submitted by Jyotsna Sreenivasan
Mr. and Mrs. Brown had reluctantly fired Mrs. Bird to ensure that Paddington would have the finest legal representation in London. —From Paddington's Deportation Hearing. (sequel to A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond) Submitted by David Jeffrey, New York, NY
My father had a small Estate in Connecticut; I was the eldest of his Sons, so he sent me to study at Phillips Andover Academy, a bastion of the privileged, and thence to Yale in New Haven, where I availed myself not of my Studies: But the Charge mounted on me (as I had a very scanty Allowance) and I graduated that institution only by narrow Fortune near the bottom of my class; I was bound to study Law at University in Texas, but was denied my rightful place by virtue of a foolish consistency on the part of that institution’s authorities regarding my shameful Scholastic Performance; whence I went down to my Father; where, by the Assistance of him and some other Relations, I was able to gain a position surmounting that of other young men seeking to avoid the vagaries and dangers of a Foreign Entanglement by indenturing My Person to the Home Guard, though in truth I shirked even that small duty in disregard of my feigned Patriotism; from thence through the ineffable persuasions of Money and Privilege, I got Funds, and a Promise of more to maintain me at Harvard, that institution being more favorably inclined toward disadvantaged youths of my Station: There I studied Commerce, my Father now and then sending me small Sums of Money, I laid them out in learning Circumvention, and other parts of the Machinations, useful to those who intend to travel the Free Markets and avoid the Authorities, as I always believed it would be some time or other my Fortune to do. —From Gullible's Travails (sequel to Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift) Submitted by Tom Cordle
First, catch your whale. —From The Idiot's Guide to Scrimshaw, by Ishmael Smith (sequel to Moby Dick by Herman Melville) Submitted by Roger Kimball