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...the gods howled with wrath and Mung leapt forward to make the sign of Mung against Althazar the King. But the gods laid their hands upon his shoulder saying:
'Slay him not, for it is not enough that Althazar shall die, who hath made the faces of the gods like the faces of men, but he must never have been'
Then said the gods:
'Spake we of Althazar, a king?'
And the gods said:
'Nay, we spake not.' And the gods said:
'Dreamed we of one Althazar?' And the gods said:
'Nay, we dreamed not.'
But in the royal palace of Runazar, Althazar, passing suddenly out of the remembrance of the gods, became no longer a thing that was or ever had been.
— Alfred, Lord Dunsany, "The King That Was Not" (Industrial Age fable)
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