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Francine's Pilfered Paper

Emmy award-winning animated series about a biped aardvark, based on Marc Brown's books. Francine's teacher decides to set homework over Thanksgiving.


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# Every day you walk down the street Everybody that you meet

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# Has an original point of view

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-# And I say, hey!

-Hey!

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# What a wonderful kind of day We can learn to work and play

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# And get along with each other

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# You gotta listen to your heart Listen to the beat

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# Listen to the rhythm of the street Open your eyes! Open your ears!

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# Get together, make things better By working together

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# It's a simple message And it comes from the heart

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# Believe in yourself For that's the place to start

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-# And I say, hey!

-Hey!

-What a wonderful kind of day

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# We can learn to work and play And get along with each other

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# What a wonderful kind of day, hey! What a wonderful kind of day, HEY! #

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Hey, DW!

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Hey! Whoa-oh!

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BELL RINGS

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Hasten thyself, good Master Buster.

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The schoolmaster will be most irate if thou art tardy.

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He will punish thee roundly.

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In a moment, good neighbour Arthur.

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I canst but help look upon yon poor girl.

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Nay, good Master Buster. Look not upon the wretched thief

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lest it ruin the taste of tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast.

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-Willst there be turkey, good Master Brain?

-Aye, and onion garlic stew.

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I couldst live without the stew,

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but the thought of turkey brightens my soul.

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'Tis most sad that our dear friend

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will languish in yonder stockade while we sup.

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Couldst we not bring her a crust of bread?

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Nay, good children,

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she hath committed the most egregious crime

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known to student and schoolmaster alike.

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She must contemplate the error of her ways.

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But I didn't even know it was wrong! I won't do it again! Let me out!

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DOG SLOBBERS

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Eurgh!

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Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so I have a surprise!

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-No homework?

-Pumpkin pie?

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Nope, a five-page report due one week from today.

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ALL: Oh!

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Yay!

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-That's a terrible surprise.

-On the contrary.

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It will help you appreciate the many facets of this holiday.

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Each of you will explore a unique topic

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that I trust you will find most illuminating.

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Pilgrim fashion? What fashion?! They always wore black.

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Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day every year?

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Oh! I was hoping for the socio-political repercussions

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of the Arminius-Gomarus conflict.

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It's your lucky day. I'll trade you.

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Pilgrim cuisine?

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Great(!) Five pages about yams.

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I'm doomed!

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Five pages. How will I ever write five pages?

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This must be like college,

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except we still have to be in bed by nine, and can't drive. ..Oh!

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Sorry, Francine. Wow, you have more books than even I take out.

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-Are you starting your own library?

-They're for the Thanksgiving report.

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I couldn't find any one book with all the information.

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I strained my back - now I won't be able to play basketball all season!

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I've got a better idea. Come on.

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You can probably get most of the information you need

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off the internet.

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Just type in what you're looking for - "Pilgrim's diet".

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Then hit "Search". You get more specific results

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if you put quotation marks in.

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Here's a list of some links that might be helpful.

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Be careful, though. Some stuff on the internet isn't accurate,

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so it's best to check your facts with other sources.

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Thanks!

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"A large part of their diet was comprised of corn and wild deer,

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"which is called venison."

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This website has everything I need.

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Copy...cut...

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paste.

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"Food for Thought: What the Pilgrims Ate, by Francine Frensky."

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Save. I'm done! That wasn't so bad.

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Oh, wait.

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Now I'm done!

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Here's my report, Mr Ratburn. I finished early.

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THEY GASP

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Hmm, very nice!

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You did all this last night? And it's typed?

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Um, I was doing the research and I thought I might as well finish it.

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"Food for Thought" - I like it!

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I look forward to reading it, Francine.

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What? Why are you staring?

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I...just didn't know you could work so quickly.

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You must've really liked the topic.

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It was OK. I guess.

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Just seeing if you're a robot.

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I finished my report, Mom. Wanna look it over?

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I'd love to. Buster, I don't think it counts as five pages

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if you make your letters so big.

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-Sorry!

-Aw!

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Pal!

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Oh!

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Oh!

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-SHE GASPS

-My nail!

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SPORTS GAME ON TV

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Oh! Tyrell should've passed to Kaminski - he was totally open!

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Hey, sport, come here! >

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I was online and found some stuff you might want to use for your paper.

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Thanks, but I finished it. Hey, this is my paper!

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-You already used some of this information?

-The whole thing.

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It was perfect for the topic,

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so I cut and pasted it and added a title.

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-Francine, you can't do that!

-Why not?

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Because that's plagiarism, that's why.

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No, it isn't, it's finishing your work early

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so you can enjoy Thanksgiving. What's...plagiarism?

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When you take someone else's work

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-and claim it's your own. Basically, stealing.

-But I handed it in!

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So you think I can get an F?

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-Worse. You could be suspended.

-Huh?!

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< Kids, dinner's ready!

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You'll have to tell Ratburn.

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This apple-walnut stuffing is delicious.

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It should taste familiar. I STOLE the recipe from Bubby.

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When I was a little girl,

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I PINCHED an apple from Boris the greengrocer.

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I got in so much trouble. And it didn't even taste very good.

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What's wrong, Frankie? You're usually finished and TAKING things

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-off my plate by now!

-I'm not a thief!

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I mean, oh... I just don't feel so well right now.

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Can I be excused to get some air?

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I'll just tell him the truth. I didn't know it was wrong.

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He'll understand. He has to!

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Francine, I saw you ride up.

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Ah-hem. I think I know why you're here.

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You...you do?

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Come in.

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'But it wasn't until 1848,

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'when Giovanni d'Arcoli introduced gold-leaf fillings,

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'that dentists began winning the war on cavities...'

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The DVD of the nine-hour History Of Dentistry. Fascinating.

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Let's see. Your paper was somewhere over here.

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-I was just about to grade it. Ah, here it is.

-I...

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I have to explain. You see, I was reading this article...

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Here you go. No doubt you'll be...disappointed.

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A-?!

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I couldn't give you an A. There was some misinformation on page two.

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Yams were not introduced until later.

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-Other than that, it was excellent.

-Uh... Thanks.

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-What was your reference source?

-A book called...

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22...Secret...Pilgrim...Recipes.

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Hmm, never heard of it.

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Was there something else you wanted to talk to me about?

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Uh, I was just dying to know how I did. Happy Thanksgiving!

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You feeling better, kiddo?

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-We're about to start dessert.

-I'll be right there.

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Did you go to Ratburn's? Was he upset?

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-Did he give you an F?

-Not exactly.

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Not exactly? What does that mean?

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It means I took care of it, OK?

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Let's just forget about it and have some pie!

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Since we got endorsement, sales have gone through the roof!

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-Have you thought about your next book yet?

-I'm already working on it.

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ALL: Cut, paste, save. Cut, paste, save.

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Cut, paste, save.

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Cut, paste, save.

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Who should I make it out to?

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The victim of your heinous crime.

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"To my dear victim of my heinous..."

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SHE GASPS

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I knew I'd find you one day.

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I am the author of that article you plagiarised off the internet.

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-SHE SCREAMS

-Why do you wear a mask?

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Is it because rage and envy has permanently disfigured you?

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No. I just have very sensitive skin,

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but I am filled with rage, and I have come for my revenge!

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No!

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THEY GASP

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Behold. The real truth - Francine Frensky is a plagiarist!

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No, please...

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I didn't know it was wrong. I swear. I didn't know!

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Oh...

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I came up with the title,

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but everything else was from the website, word for word.

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-I see.

-I swear I didn't know it was wrong at the time

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and I was going to confess, but...

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I didn't notice, and you thought you might get away with it.

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But even if you had, you still would have paid a price.

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-I would?

-When someone plagiarises, there are two crimes.

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The author is robbed of credit,

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and the person who plagiarises is robbed of really learning.

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Mr Ratburn, before you decide to fail or suspend me,

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I just want you to know, I wrote another paper.

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-It's probably not as good, but...

-But it's yours,

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and that's more important than the grade you get. See you in class.

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Muffy, nice work, although your reference

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to embroidery as "Pilgrim bling" felt inappropriate.

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Binky, Arminius and Gomarus were theologians, not wrestlers.

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Oh!

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Ah, Francine. Not bad. Very...original!

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Woo-hoo!

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Yes, a B!

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What's so great about a B?

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Nothing, but it's my B. All mine!

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Emmy award-winning animated series about a biped aardvark, based on Marc Brown's books. Francine's teacher decides that Thanksgiving, far from being a time to relax with family, is a time to write a five-page essay. Francine is unperturbed - she copies and pastes an article from the internet.


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