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In the movie 'Lincoln', Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis says this to Representative Ashley:
"Why for instance is this thus, and what is the reason for this thusness."
What does that even mean?
Lincoln was re-quoting Artemus Ward. James Joyce does it too (with paraphrase), in 'Portrait of the Artist': "if it is thus, I ask emphatically whence comes this thusness."
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