the story of Columbus and his egg

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the story of Columbus and his egg

Mary Shelley read this anecdote in Washington Irving's Life and Adventures of Christopher Columbus (1828), Book V, Chapter 7, where it is used to applaud the explorer's "practical sagacity." Her light emphasis here on the achievements of great explorers and the uses to which their knowledge is put might be thought to press issues of considerable importance to the novel she is introducing.