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By Douglas Adams

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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When a passenger check-in desk disappears in a ball of orange flame at London's Heathrow Airport, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, detective Dirk Gently, wonders holistic? Which god would hang around Heathrow trying to catch Oslo in the 3:37? And what does this have to do with D... irk's latest--and late--client, only found this morning with his head rotating up the "Hot Potato" hit record? Amidst a stray eagle's hostile attentions and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will solve the mysteries of the universe once again..

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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.

The room was not a room to elevate the soul. Louis XIV, to pick a name at random, would not have liked it, would have found it not sunny enough, and insufficiently full of mirrors. He would have desired someone to pick up the socks, put the records away, and maybe burn the place down. Michelangelo would have been distressed by its proportions, which were neither lofty nor shaped by any noticeable inner harmony or symmetry, other than that all parts of the room were pretty much equally full of old coffee mugs, shoes and brimming ashtrays, most of which were sharing their tasks with each other. The walls were painted in almost precisely that shade of green which Rafaello Sanzio would have bitten off his own right hand at the wrist rather than use, and Hercules, on seeing the room, would probably have returned half an hour later armed with a navigable river.

Insofar as she recognized at all that she was dreaming, she realized that she must be exploring her subconscious mind. She had heard it said that humans are supposed only to use about a tenth of their brains, and that no one was really clear what the other nine tenths were for, but she had certainly never heard it suggested that they were used for storing penguins.

Nobleness was one word for making a fuss about the trivial inevitabilities of life, but there were others.

Rather than arriving five hours late and flustered, it would be better all around if he were to arrive five hours and a few extra minutes late, but triumphantly in command.

Nobody got murdered before lunch. But nobody. People weren't up to it. You needed a good lunch to get both the blood-sugar and blood-lust levels up.

A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment.

I don't go to mythical places with strange men.

I am a private detective. I am paid to be inquisitive and presumptuous.

Yes, it is true that sometimes unusually intelligent and sensitive children can appear to be stupid. But stupid children can sometimes appear to be stupid as well. I think that's something you might have to consider.

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