The rationalisation

There is a lizard – because it flees flame, even slight candle-flickers, it cannot be called dragon – that makes its home under the ice at the top of the world. Because it is not good to eat, it is rarely hunted; those who know its blood is clear as water are few and far between.

There are perhaps only a dozen in the world who could tell you that Barton, of that ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1877, survived for three weeks with no water, slaked by its veins. And that, to answer your question, is why we call it Barton’s Quencher.

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