Very Good Boy
“Does your dog do any tricks?”
“He published his autobiography last autumn.”
Laura’s brow wrinkled.
“I beg your pardon?”
“He wrote a book on the history of Russian ballet, and he has a novel in the works too—a spy novel set in Berlin. He needed something both to challenge his skills and to regain his crown as the king of the thriller.”
She looked down at the chocolate-colored Labrador, and gave David a look of complete incomprehension.
“He’s the strong, silent type.”
The dog licked its paw.
“Down, boy, down.”
Sources: New Oxford American Dictionary, Collins COBUILD Primary Learner’s Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
—from Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings
—(a book composed entirely of example sentences from various dictionaries)