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Writer's Fingers is a non-infectious complaint which attacks the hands of certain types of people, usually in their teens. The disease grows in virulence as adulthood is reached and passed, and the victim is rarely able to shake it off. Its most common symptom is an inordinate--sometimes feverish- -desire to clutch the smooth round barrel of a fountain pen, or to pad swiftly on the keys of a typewriter.

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 13

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