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Alternative briefs for

The Great Wall of China


thrown about by Emperor Meng Tien,
in various meetings with his wall design agency,
around 221 BC.

Oliver Cartwright
(after Damian OMalley)
Please build a big wall (bad)

Please build a very big wall, longer than ten thousand li.(worse)

Ive got lots of spare labour so I wondered if you might put it to


good use, by building a very big wall or something
(much worse)

Please build a wall to keep us safe from invasion (better)

Please build a Great Wall, stretching from Lin-tao to Liao-tung,


that will forever protect the people of the newly unified China
from the murderous barbarian hordes to the north (best)