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Explain the quotation: "Truth is a hard deer to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you may die of the truth."

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John has returned from the Place of the Gods—what we would understand as New York City—having realized that it was built by men, not gods. This revelation excites him as it means his people, too, have the capability of building an advanced civilization. John wants to share this news with the other villagers.

His father counsels otherwise, saying that "truth is a hard deer to hunt . . . " By this he means that too much truth, delivered all at once, could be overwhelming and destabilizing to the simple culture they live in. His father advises that John to take it slowly and keep his...

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