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@@ -101,51 +101,51 @@ \chapter*{Preface}
``I admit,'' said he --- when I mentioned to him this objection --- ``I admit the
truth of your critic's facts, but I deny his conclusions. It is true that we
-have really in Flatland a Third unrecognized Dimension called height, just
+have really in Flatland a Third unrecognized Dimension called `height,' just
as it also is true that you have really in Spaceland a Fourth unrecognized
-Dimension, called by no name at present, but which I will call extra-height.
-But we can no more take cognizance of our height than you can of your
-extra-height. Even I --- who have been in Spaceland, and have had the
-privilege of understanding for twenty-four hours the meaning of height ---
+Dimension, called by no name at present, but which I will call `extra-height.'
+But we can no more take cognizance of our `height' than you can of your
+`extra-height.' Even I --- who have been in Spaceland, and have had the
+privilege of understanding for twenty-four hours the meaning of `height' ---
even I cannot now comprehend it, nor realize it by the sense of sight or by
any process of reason; I can but apprehend it by faith.''
``The reason is obvious. Dimension implied direction, implies measurement,
implies the more and the less. Now, all our lines are equally and
infinitesimally thick (or high, whichever you like); consequently, there is
nothing in them to lead our minds to the conception of that Dimension. No
-delicate micrometer --- as has been suggested by one too hasty Spaceland
+`delicate micrometer' --- as has been suggested by one too hasty Spaceland
critic --- would in the least avail us; for we should not know what to measure,
nor in what direction. When we see a Line, we see something that is long and
bright; brightness, as well as length, is necessary to the existence of a
Line; if the brightness vanishes, the Line is extinguished. Hence, all my
Flatland friends --- when I talk to them about the unrecognized Dimension which
-is somehow visible in a Line --- say, Ah, you mean brightness: and when I
-reply, No, I mean a real Dimension, they at once retort, Then measure it,
-or tell us in what direction it extends; and this silences me, for I can do
+is somehow visible in a Line --- say, `Ah, you mean brightness': and when I
+reply, `No, I mean a real Dimension,' they at once retort, `Then measure it,
+or tell us in what direction it extends'; and this silences me, for I can do
neither. Only yesterday, when the Chief Circle (in other words our High
Priest) came to inspect the State Prison and paid me his seventh annual visit,
-and when for the seventh time he put me the question, Was I any better? I
-tried to prove to him that he was high, as well as long and broad, although
-he did not know it. But what was his reply? You say I am ``high''; measure my
-``high-ness'' and I will believe you.. What could I do? How could I meet his
+and when for the seventh time he put me the question, `Was I any better?' I
+tried to prove to him that he was `high', as well as long and broad, although
+he did not know it. But what was his reply? `You say I am ``high''; measure my
+``high-ness'' and I will believe you.'. What could I do? How could I meet his
challenge? I was crushed; and he left the room triumphant.''
``Does this still seem strange to you? Then put yourself in a similar position.
Suppose a person of the Fourth Dimension, condescending to visit you, were to
-say, Whenever you open your eyes, you see a Plane (which is of Two
+say, `Whenever you open your eyes, you see a Plane (which is of Two
Dimensions) and you infer a Solid (which is of Three); but in reality you also
see (though you do not recognize) a Fourth Dimension, which is not colour nor
brightness nor anything of the kind, but a true Dimension, although I cannot
-point out to you its direction, nor can you possibly measure it. What would
+point out to you its direction, nor can you possibly measure it.' What would
you say to such a visitor? Would not you have him locked up? Well, that is my
fate: and it is as natural for us Flatlanders to lock up a Square for
preaching the Third Dimension, as it is for you Spacelanders to lock up a Cube
for preaching the Fourth. Alas, how strong a family likeness runs through
blind and persecuting humanity in all Dimensions! Points, Lines, Squares,
Cubes, Extra-Cubes --- we are all liable to the same errors, all alike the
Slavers of our respective Dimensional prejudices, as one of our Spaceland
-poets has said --- One touch of Nature makes all worlds akin.'' \footnote{The
+poets has said --- `One touch of Nature makes all worlds akin.' '' \footnote{The
Author desires me to add, that the misconceptions of some of his critics on
this matter has induced him to insert in his dialogue with
the Sphere, certain remarks which have a bearing on the point in question and
@@ -1958,11 +1958,11 @@ \chapter{How I vainly tried to explain the nature of Flatland}
correct?''
``It is correct,'' said the King, ``so far as the numbers and sexes are
-cocnerned, though I know not what you mean by right and left. But I deny
+cocnerned, though I know not what you mean by `right' and `left.' But I deny
that you saw these things. For how could you see the Line, that is to say the
inside, of any Man? But you must have heard these things, and then dreamed
-that you saw them. And let me ask what you mean by those words left and
-right. I suppose it is your way of saying Northward and Southward.''
+that you saw them. And let me ask what you mean by those words `left' and
+`right'. I suppose it is your way of saying Northward and Southward.''
``Not so,'' replied I; ``besides your motion of Northward and Southward, there is
another motion which I call from right to left.''
@@ -2151,8 +2151,8 @@ \chapter{Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland}
promised me, my dear, that there should be no ventilators in our new house.''
``Nor are they any,'' said I; ``but what makes you think that the stranger is a
Woman? I see by my power of Sight Recognition ---'' ``Oh, I have no patience with
-your Sight Recognition,'' replied she, ``Feeling is believing and A Straight
-Line to the touch is worth a Circle to the sight'' --- two Proverbs, very common
+your Sight Recognition,'' replied she, ```Feeling is believing' and `A Straight
+Line to the touch is worth a Circle to the sight''' --- two Proverbs, very common
with the Frailer Sex in Flatland.
``Well,'' said I, for I was afraid of irritating her, ``if it must be so, demand
@@ -2430,7 +2430,7 @@ \chapter{How the Stranger vainly endeavoured to reveal to me in words the myster
anywhere, so that I could get rid of him --- I replied: ---
``And what may be the nature of the Figure which I am to shape out by this
-motion which you are pleased to denote by the word upward? I presume it is
+motion which you are pleased to denote by the word `upward'? I presume it is
describable in the language of Flatland.''
SPHERE. Oh, certainly. It is all plain and simple, and in strict accordance
@@ -3037,7 +3037,7 @@ \chapter{How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision}
from which I caught these words, ``Infinite beatitude of existence! It is; and
there is nothing else beside It.''
-``What,'' said I, ``does the puny creature mean by ‘it’?'' ``He means himself,''
+``What,'' said I, ``does the puny creature mean by `it'?'' ``He means himself,''
said the Sphere: ``have you not noticed before now, that babies and babyish
people who cannot distinguish themselves from the world, speak of themselves
in the Third Person? But hush!''
@@ -3072,7 +3072,7 @@ \chapter{How the Sphere encouraged me in a Vision}
``You see,'' said my Teacher, ``how little your words have done. So far as the
Monarch understand them at all, he accepts them as his own --- for he cannot
conceive of any other except himself --- and plumes himself upon the variety of
-Its Thought as an instance of creative Power. Let us leave this God of
+`Its Thought' as an instance of creative Power. Let us leave this God of
Pointland to the ignorant fruition of his omnipresence and omniscience:
nothing that you or I can do can rescue him from his self-satisfaction.''
@@ -3146,7 +3146,7 @@ \chapter{How I tried to teach the
once more how a Point by motion in One Dimension produces a Line, and how a
straight Line in Two Dimensions produces a Square. After this, forcing a
laugh, I said, ``And now, you scamp, you wanted to make believe that a Square
-may in the same way by motion Upward, not Northward produce another figure,
+may in the same way by motion `Upward, not Northward' produce another figure,
a sort of extra square in Three Dimensions. Say that again, you young rascal.''
At this moment we heard once more the herald's ``O yes! O yes!'' outside in the
@@ -3158,7 +3158,7 @@ \chapter{How I tried to teach the
Grandpapa,'' he said, ``that was only my fun, and of course I meant nothing at
all by it; and we did not know anything then about the new Law; and I don't
think I said anything about the Third Dimension; and I am sure I did not say
-one word about Upward, not Northward, for that would be such nonsense, you
+one word about `Upward, not Northward,' for that would be such nonsense, you
know. How could a thing move Upward, and not Northward? Upward and not
Northward! Even if I were a baby, I could not be so absurd as that. How silly
it is! Ha! ha! ha!''

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