He, she and it

In modern English usage, pronouns have  a certain elasticity that makes them fun to play with. For instance:

The new editor of Southern Living, in his column in the February issue, tells us he’s bought a charming old fixer-upper house, like many of that magazine’s readers.   He uncovered a few surprises.  These include “a squirrel (or two?) on the other side of the wall next to my desk.  It sounds as if he or she is trying to scratch its way into the room, presumably to make good use of the mohair on the sofa I saved up for years to buy.  No way is one thread of that fabric going into someone else’s nest. This is war!”

End result of fun with pronouns:  a vivid tongue-in-cheek vignette.

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