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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "Do Wrong to None"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 22nd, 2013 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

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>>While Shakespeare and his competence seem completely realistic to me, I'm surprised the military hired him. He would have to be truly phenomenal to overcome their prejudices,<<

He is ...

>> which clearly still exist in this world (or else they never would have seceded).<<

... they do ...

>> Perhaps they had a personnel shortage and accepted people they otherwise might not have. <<

... and they are.

The war had been going on for a while. When that happens, militaries tend to make their standards more flexible; they'll take people they can put to some use, because it frees up able-bodied soldiers for the front lines. Notice, however, that they've stashed the weird specialists in the ass-end of nowhere so that nobody has to look at them much. That's also not an accident.
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