In what matter was he born?
He awoke as if from sleep.
Are not these terms synonymous and one as a consequence redundant?
Yes: but the terms of the inquiry postulated unsingular information.
— Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds, Extract from Shorthand Note of a cross-examination of Mr. Trellis at a later date on the occassion of his being on trial for his life, the birth of Furriskey being the subject of the examination referred to