The tall man placed his hat on the table by the backdoor. Rubbed his hands together to warm them from the

cold, turned the kettle into a cup that was left on the counter – sipped it and felt the warm coffee flow down his throat.
In walked Bill with his notepad in hand and pen behind his ear. He smiled at Abe and sat by the table.

“Love this hat Abraham.” He chuckled.

“Well thank you kindly.” Abe replied as he swept it away suspiciously. “Don’t think I have disposed of the memory of the last time you complimented my stovepipe.”

In came Jack laughing, “How can anyone forget that!”

“Oh great here he is ‘three initial man.’ Hey Jack, how are the crops shaping up?”

“Oh you should come out with me for dinner Abe, I am having dinner with three shapely crops tonight at Maxwell’s Plum.”

“I am fine, take this bard with you so that he can stop writing and live a bit.”

“Come on Abe you act as if you are scared of the women or maybe you are just scared of the possibility of feeling a sense of that strange and alien emotion you seem to be allergic to – happiness.”

“I am not a coward, gentlemen.”

“A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.”

“Here he goes again quoting himself.”

“The whole world, for over 500 years have been misquoting me or quoting me at the most inappropriate moments. Scenes of stupidity being played on stages at every second of the day. I, dear sir, have an unlimited license to quote myself at any moment.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” Lincoln responded.

“I know that…you said that in some letter to another. So now you are quoting yourself?”

“As Bill over here stated – I have been quoted, misquoted and my words contorted in order to rationalize acts of evil, acts of stupidity or acts of callousness. I may as well quote myself even if it is permissible by you three initial man.”

“Jack, I don’t feel like going tonight and I feel it is my choice to make.”

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

Silence.

“What, I can’t quote myself?”

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