Final Word

August 23, 1996

This week's Final Word comes from a tale of a Wilf, a Dick and several Normans:

"With the life of a generous, but rash and romantic monarch, perished all the projects which his ambition and his generosity had formed; to whom may be applied, with a slight alteration, the lines composed by Johnson for Charles of Sweden - His fate was destined to a foreign strand,/ A petty fortress and an 'humble hand';/ He left the name at which the world grew pale,/ To point a moral, or adorn a tale."

The winner of last week's competition, who correctly identified William Boyd's A Good Man in Africa, is Peter Barnes of Milton Keynes.

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