Chapter One. Introduction to Retrospectives

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There once were three little pigs who, after surviving numerous harrowing encounters with the Big Bad Wolf, lived happily in their sturdy brick house at the edge of the forest. Having ousted the wolf, the pigs once again felt safe in their neighborhood. One day, the pigs decided to venture into the forest to visit their friend Owl. They liked Owl because he was very wise and could entertain them with all sorts of stories.

The story Owl told on this day entailed a group of humans and their repeated failed attempts to drain a swamp. The humans couldn’t complete the job because they kept running into alligators. ...

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