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A young lady had been married for about ten years, when one day she heard an awful cry. It came from her husband's study, where he was working hard at a great piece of work that he was doing with a penknife, which she thought made the loudest screeching noise that anyone ever heard before. She rushed into the room and found him sitting on his table, quite white, with the knife in his hand; while behind the desk, on the floor, lay the family parrot, who had died in consequence of the noise. She was terribly distressed to see her husband in such a condition — and, at the same time, she couldn't help feeling sorry for the poor parrot.
She inched closer to see what her husband had carved with such force that the sound produced was so hellish. She couldn't make it out at first, but then she saw it was a list, then noticed each item was numbered, and started reading the list, which went: