Dearly beloved children, in this world they will tell you all sorts of things. And what is indeed more to the point, they will imply even more things than they say. This world is filled with pitfalls for the unwary. This book is a small guide to pitfalls. I am uniquely qualified to write it, because once I was a clever child myself. This world is enriched with a particularly plenteous supply of pitfalls for clever children (whom it hates, unless they take care to become stupid) so I have become an expert on pitfalls. Perhaps I am the only expert. Everyone else has fallen in.