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The Haunter of the Pits, Chapter 5, Robert E. Howard’s Hour of the Dragon
Conan is depicted in strained prose as everything to his near-animal type and staying instinctively silent as he did as a child hiding from beasts in the wild. Howard continues filling in the barbarian’s backstory in ways not permitted by the brief length of his normal-length yarns. It is told that Conan’s behavior was not the result of a reasoning process but instinctive:
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