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Dedication

Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926)

Flatland:  A Romance of Many Dimensions
Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926.  English scholar, theologian, and writer.)



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|        "O day and night, but this is wondrous strange"        |
|        ______                                                 |
|       /       /     /|   ------  /     /|      /|    /  /-.   |
|     /----   /     /__|    /    /     /__|    /  |  /  /   /   |
|   /       /___  /    |  /    /___  /    |  /    |/  /__.-'    |
|                                                               |
| No Dimensions                                  One Dimension  |
|       .         A ROMANCE OF MANY DIMENSIONS       -----      |
|   POINTLAND                                      LINELAND     |
|                                                               |
| Two Dimensions                               Three Dimensions |
|      ___                                             __       |
|     |   |                                          /__/|      |
|     |___|                                         |__|/       |
|   FLATLAND                                       SPACELAND    |
|          "Fie, fie, how franticly I square my talk!"          |
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With Illustrations by the Author, A SQUARE (Edwin A. Abbott)






                                  To
                  The Inhabitants of SPACE IN GENERAL
                        And H. C. IN PARTICULAR
                        This Work is Dedicated
                    By a Humble Native of Flatland
                           In the Hope that
              Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries
                          Of THREE Dimensions
                   Having been previously conversant
                             With ONLY TWO
               So the Citizens of that Celestial Region
                   May aspire yet higher and higher
          To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE OR EVEN SIX Dimensions
                         Thereby contributing
                 To the Enlargement of THE IMAGINATION
                     And the possible Development
            Of that most rare and excellent Gift of MODESTY
                       Among the Superior Races
                           Of SOLID HUMANITY

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