“I always thought it had a rather Japanese sound for a lost city of silver and gold in Maine. Norumbega.”

“You’re confusing it with Nobunaga. But it’s all a fantasy, really. People trying to convince themselves that stout Teutons settled in America before swarthy Mediterraneans back when anybody cared about that distinction.”

“There do seem to be an awful lot of things up in Maine named after it.”

“Cathay Pacific is named after a lost city in China. Does that mean it’s real?”


“Don’t tell me that the Cadillac El Dorado has you convinced of a city of gold in the Andes.”

“Now you’re just being mean.”