Fantastic Fables

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Author: Ambrose Bierce

The Ancient Order

HARDLY had that ancient order, the Sultans of Exceeding Splendour, been completely founded by the Grand Flashing Inaccessible, when a question arose as to what should be the title of address among the members. Some wanted it to be simply "my Lord," others held out for "your Dukeness," and still others preferred "my Sovereign Liege." Finally the gorgeous jewel of the order, gleaming upon the breast of every member, suggested "your Badgesty," which was adopted, and the order became popularly known as the Kings of Catarrh.

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Chicago: Ambrose Bierce, "The Ancient Order," Fantastic Fables in Fantastic Fables (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed August 14, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UYAJ5P7JHTVHPI.

MLA: Bierce, Ambrose. "The Ancient Order." Fantastic Fables, in Fantastic Fables, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 14 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UYAJ5P7JHTVHPI.

Harvard: Bierce, A, 'The Ancient Order' in Fantastic Fables. cited in 1899, Fantastic Fables, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 14 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4UYAJ5P7JHTVHPI.