" The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgement shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision. "
Charlotte Bronte

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Mary Queen of Scots Is Deposed

Mary Stuart was Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567. After Mary's husband, Lord Darnley, was murdered and she was implicated in the plot, she was forced to abdicate. Mary fled to England, where she faced a murder inquiry and became a prisoner of the English government. After conspiracies to put her on the throne of England were uncovered, she was tried for treason and ultimately beheaded. Some accounts say her executioners asked for her forgiveness. What is she said to have replied?



Pig-footed Bandicoot

Extinct since the mid 20th century, the pig-footed bandicoot was a small, mostly herbivorous marsupial of the plains of inland Australia. About the size of a kitten, the pig-footed bandicoot had large, pointed ears, a long tail, long, slender limbs, and, as its name suggests, hoof-like nails on its forefeet and hind legs, making it unique among marsupials. Though its decline coincided with the arrival of Europeans, the cause of its extinction remains uncertain. What are some theories?

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Simón Bolívar

Bolí$was a South American revolutionary leader who earned the title of "El Libertador" for defeating the Spanish in a string of stunning victories from 1813 to 1824, effectively ending Spanish control over what are now Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador. Though he declared himself dictator in hopes of unifying the region, the effort was unsuccessful and he resigned in 1830, intending to leave the country for exile in Europe. How did Bolí$die?

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