Excerpt from Confessions of a Book Agent Why it was called The Rookery I never learned, and I am still at a loss to know, as I never saw crow or rook within fifty miles of it; in fact the only birds I ever did see near it were sparrows which were sadly off color, and pigeons against which Noah would have shut his dove cote in dis gust, if they had attempted to board the ark, with or without evidences of dry land.
The dusky hue of the building itself may have had something to do with its nomenclature, per haps, but any self-respecting rook would feel deep chagrin at the comparison.
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