To celebrate, I’ll share, with no context at all, my favorite passage from the Catherine Peters biography of Wilkie Collins, The King of Inventors:

The hybrid and Mary don’t agree. I am sorry to lose the hybrid. She sees me into the water-closet and out of it regularly – and tries the door every time I make water. I have reason to believe that the hybrid must have seen My Person!

Happy 188th birthday, Wilkie! I hope they have hybrid-attended water-closets in whatever heaven you’ve ended up in.

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