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(A good example of dialectical retroactivity: i.e. how the present can “change” the past): “Three seconds before the arrival of J. B. Hobson’s letter I no more thought of pursuing the unicorn than of attempting the passage of the North Sea. Three seconds after reading the letter of the honourable Secretary of Marine, I felt that my true vocation, the sole end of my life, was to chase this disturbing monster and purge it from the world.” (Jules Verme. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. ebook, pg. 11)

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