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God told me to buy this book

Years before I ever learned any German I craved a Duden Bildwörterbuch, that massively detailed picture dictionary for grownups.

So I was standing in Half Price Books with a 1958 edition in my hands wondering whether it was worth three bucks and two linear inches of shelf space. I opened it at random to this page:

Duden Bildwörterbuch - Kloster

Then I caught a glimpse of another customer out of the corner of my eye. I did a double-take and saw that he was dressed approximately like this:

Duden Bildwörterbuch - Mönche

I took it as an omen and bought the book.

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