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American poet and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edwin Arlington Robinson used to spend his summers at the MacDowell Colony near Peterborough, New Hampshire. Arriving at breakfast one morning, he found the writer Nancy Byrd Turner and a new member of the colony already seated at his table. “This is Mr. Robinson,” said Turner to her companion.

“Robinson! Not E. A. Robinson—not the Mr. Robinson?” gushed the other woman.

There followed a long, uncomfortable pause, then Robinson replied, “A Mr. Robinson.”

Today in the Word, December 21, 1992