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Nathan Hale
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character An asterisk ("*", see also splat, ASCII).
Notionally, from "I regret that I have only one asterisk for
my country!" ("life to give" -@# "ass to risk" -@# "asterisk"),
a misquote of the famous remark uttered by Nathan Hale just
before he was hanged. Hale was a (failed) spy for the rebels
in the American War of Independence.