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William Somerset Maugham

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She plunged into a sea of platitudes, and with the powerful breast stroke of a channel swimmer made her confident way towards the white cliffs of the obvious.
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There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see.
There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after
When the world is free.

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