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You never know when recognition will come. Last week, I was offered the deputy governorship of the American Biographical Institute, for the new low price of $995. The temptation was not Antonine, but it was succeeded by a despatch from Burke’s Peerage: “Exciting news for you and fellow Raphaels.” Did I read on or what? Yes, yes, I was being offered a copy of The Burke’s Peerage World Book of Raphaels. Thanks to Burke’s, my “old and distinguished” family was at last to be restored to primacy in the social scheme of things. As Constantine Karamanlis said, when resurrected from…

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