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Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted at @sueannbowling from April 11 through April 17, 2013. All but the last are from The Dolphins of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey.

“The mind can only absorb so much.” Menolly, fretting at the sheer amount of new knowledge coming from Aivas.

“Nighttime confessions and doubts generally are regretted in daylight.” Menolly is trying to laugh off her own worry.

“I’m always after my patients to exercise and get fresh air and I never listen to my own advice.” The Healer, Oldive, after the first day with the dolphins.

“Games can be as necessary as work.” Robinton, talking to Lessa who he thinks has been driving herself too hard.

“Bad ships smell, leak, ’n’ leave badness in our water.” The dolphin method of telling “good ships” from “bad ships.”

“How can you think of something like school when the whole world mourns?” Master Robinton has just died, and Readis is being lectured by Kami.

“I don’t invite myself to meals empty-handed.” Sue Ann Bowling, Horse Power. Roi is talking to Amber in the food market, just after he has added some off-world delicacies to her food order, which he intends to pay for.