Original Text: 
Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Word Book (New York: Doubleday, 1906), p. 11. Republished as The Devil's Dictionary (New York: Dover, 1958). PS 1097 D4 1958 Robarts Library.
Alone, adj. In bad company.
2By spark and flame, the thought reveal
3That he the metal, she the stone,
4Had cherished secretly alone.
Booley Fito.


1] Bierce burlesques lexicographers who illustrate definitions with quotations, here from his pseudonym "Booley Fito." Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.