A thief is a man; and a man’s life is like those geographical fragments children learn “the contiguous countries” by. The pieces are a puzzle; but put them together carefully, and lo! they are a map.
Charles Reade, Introductory to The Autobiography
of a Thief (1896)
The road goes for two miles before we are there. At its end is the farm. I'll cheat a little and give you some clues. It's not anywhere with a name and a tax-rate. It's not on any map or chart. It's a myth and I'm fooling you, or maybe just fooling myself.
Raymond Mungo, Total Loss Farm
Topographic map, showing section pattern,
roads, and buildings. Scale 1:50,000.