Reading stops me from getting the gardening done.

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Ricky is a delightful old lady and a delightful reader and a delight. She reads troublesome histories, historical mysteries, Thomas Hardy and Latin Grammar. All her life she has read and read and read and never got the gardening done. She said that when other people are busy, she is always reading.

She came in with her friend to pick up her books: Lenin on the Train, A Gentleman in Moscow and Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion. She said to me that it is important to read history, very indeed. She said that Stalin was not such a bad person as we think. He would have just killed you. Her friend looked at her and said: Jesus Ricky!

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