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See, I was right. —From Das Kapital 2 (sequel to Das Kapital by Karl Marx)
HappyMeals are all alike; each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way. —From Anna McKarenina (sequel to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanzaa Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
All animals are equal, except those with swine flu. —From Mexican Animal Farm (sequel to Animal Farm by George Orwell)
Dead six weeks now, Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is still trying to recapture the grace of his days of human basketball court glory, but he finds that, despite what his old human nickname would suggest and despite his soul having found a new home in an actual rabbit, hopping does not quite suit him. —From Rabbit Reincarnated (sequel to Rabbit at Rest by John Updike) Submitted by Ben Heller
after yes maybe I think maybe sail to London maybe find a new love maybe —From Molly's Manifesto (sequel to Ulysses by James Joyce) Submitted by Nancy Joyce, Washington, DC
"Good riddance to bad rubbish," I thought as I signed my divorce papers with my ex-wife, Lolita. —From After Lolita: Lock Up Your Daughters! (sequel to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov) Submitted by Janet Saines
Forget what I said about the moon, said Big Nutbrown Hare, because I love you from earth to the Former-Planet-Named-Pluto AND back. —From You'll Never Guess How Much I Love You Today (sequel to Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney) Submitted by Ma. Cristina Joy Balajadia, Lawyer, Baguio City, Philippines
Whereof we must pass over in silence, thereof shall we make farting noises, for, having thrown away the ladder, we must have some means of ascension. —From Tractatus Hilario-Rambuncticus (sequel to Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein) Submitted by Clark Troy
Holden looked down at his tired, weathered hands and then back up at the empty faces who surrounded his cubicle; they gathered to witness his breakdown, listening as he damned each and every one of them for their sputtering phoniness. —From The Return of Holden Caufield (sequel to The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger) Submitted by Antonio Fasciano, New York