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The author writes:
You can lead a horse to water, but you thereby betray your unfamiliarity with water polo.
Closer investigation of the library fire has revealed that virtually the whole of the library's stock survived - except for every Dan Brown novel present, all of which were burnt to ashes (and the entirely destroyed newspaper archive). It further transpires that two copies of The Da Vinci Code had been checked out shortly before the fire, but these also were destroyed in what at the time appeared to be entirely unrelated house fires.