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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Otis Escapes, parts 4139 - 4142

4139. Otis and the Rooster were confused by the crow’s question, and they said, “What do we mean by what?” “This thing you are scratching on the ground with the lines, the Xs, and the Os,” said the crow.

 4140. “This,” replied the Rooster, “is a game of tic-tac-toe, and it does not have any meaning except that three Os in a row, or three Xs in a row wins the game. “Yes,” replied the crow, “any idiot knows what a tic-tac-toe game is, but my question concerns what your game means.”

 4141. “How could it possibly mean something?” said Otis. “How could it not,” replied the crow. Then, after an awkward silence during which the crow paced back and forth in front of the wolf and the rooster, with his wings folded behind his back, he said…

4142. I would say that the tic-tac-toe game symbolizes an event in the life of Alexander the Great. I recall that when Alexander marched his armies into the far reaches of India he met there a Holy Man sitting under a tree. 

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