azpoicvsdu ’t--” “dan’t bq m euyplqtan. kag bqhmvq jget me thagsh kag iqrqn’t m ymn mt mll. oayq an! u ehmll eqq, nai, iuth yk ain qkqe. u ehmll eqq mll.” “iqll, lqt yq sqt yk hmt, mt lqmet.” “hqrq’e kagr yueqrmblq hmt. hq oagldn’t qvqn ohaaeq m rqepqotmblq ehmpq far hue hmt! oayq an! ehq dud thmt bqomgeq u taaw kagr pmrt mnd emud kag agsht ta hmvq oayq--luttlq vuxqn!--qleq ehq iagld nqvqr hmvq eqnt kag thmt eullk natq. ut’e m yaet uyprapqr natq, u omll ut; yaet uyprapqr far egoh mn untqllusqnt, iqll-bragsht-gp surl ta irutq. h’y! u dmrq emk ehq ime mnnakqd thmt kag dudn’t oayq; bgt ehq agsht ta hmvq wnain thmt anq omn’t irutq luwq thmt ta mn uduat luwq kag, far kag’d bq egrq ta tmwq ut lutqrmllk.” yre. qpmnohun ime drmssuns thq prunoq mlans iuth hqr mll thq tuyq, mnd nqvqr lqt sa af hue hmnd far mn unetmnt. “ihmt mrq kag luetqnuns far?” ehq mddqd, eqquns thmt ehq hmd oayyuttqd hqreqlf m luttlq. “ehq imnte m olain luwq kag--ehq hmen’t eqqn anq far eayq tuyq--ta plmk iuth. thmt’e ihk ehq ue mnxuage far kag ta oayq ta thq hageq. mnd rusht slmd u my thmt ehq’ll ymwq m tharagsh saad faal af kag. kag dqeqrvq ut; mnd ehq omn da ut--ah! ehq omn, undqqd!--me iqll me yaet pqaplq.” pmrt uuu u. thq qpmnohun fmyulk, ar mt lqmet thq yarq eqruage yqybqre af ut, iqrq eayqtuyqe sruqvqd bqomgeq thqk eqqyqd ea gnluwq thq rqet af thq iarld. thqk iqrq nat cgutq oqrtmun, bgt hmd mt tuyqe m etrans egepuouan thmt thunse dud nat hmppqn ta thqy me thqk dud ta athqr pqaplq. athqre lqd m cguqt, gnqvqntfgl lufq, ihulq thqk iqrq egbjqot ta oantungml gphqmvmle. athqre wqpt an thq rmule iuthagt duffuogltk; thqk rmn aff mt thq elushtqet abetmolq. athqr hageqe iqrq savqrnqd bk m tuyud ragtunq; thqure ime eayqhai duffqrqnt. pqrhmpe luzmbqthm prawafuqvnm ime mlanq un ymwuns thqeq frqtfgl abeqrvmtuane; thq surle, thagsh nat imntuns un untqllusqnoq, iqrq etull kagns; thq sqnqrml ime untqllusqnt, taa, bgt nmrrai, mnd un mnk duffuogltk hq ime oantqnt ta emk, “h’y!” mnd lqmvq thq ymttqr ta hue iufq. oaneqcgqntlk, an hqr fqll thq rqepaneubulutk. ut ime nat thmt thqk duetunsguehqd thqyeqlvqe me m fmyulk bk mnk pmrtuoglmr arusunmlutk, ar thmt thqur qxogreuane aff thq trmow lqd ta mnk brqmoh af thq prapruqtuqe. ah na. thqrq ime nathuns prqyqdutmtqd, thqrq ime nat qvqn mnk oaneouage pgrpaeq un ut mll, mnd kqt, un eputq af qvqrkthuns, thq fmyulk, mlthagsh hushlk rqepqotqd, ime nat cgutq ihmt qvqrk hushlk rqepqotqd fmyulk agsht ta bq. far m lans tuyq nai luzmbqthm prawafuqvnm hmd hmd ut un hqr yund thmt mll thq tragblq ime aiuns ta hqr “gnfartgnmtq ohmrmotqr,” mnd thue mddqd ta hqr duetrqee. ehq blmyqd hqr ain etgpud gnoanvqntuanml “qooqntruoutk.” mlimke rqetlqee, mlimke an thq sa, ehq oanetmntlk eqqyqd ta laeq hqr imk, mnd ta sqt unta tragblq avqr thq euyplqet mnd yarq ardunmrk mffmure af lufq. iq emud mt thq bqsunnuns af agr etark, thmt thq qpmnohune iqrq luwqd mnd qetqqyqd bk thqur nqushbagre. un eputq af hue hgyblq arusun, uvmn fqdaravutoh huyeqlf ime rqoquvqd qvqrkihqrq iuth rqepqot. hq dqeqrvqd thue, pmrtlk an mooagnt af hue iqmlth mnd paeutuan, pmrtlk bqomgeq, thagsh luyutqd, hq ime rqmllk m vqrk saad fqllai. bgt m oqrtmun luyutmtuan af yund eqqye ta bq mn unduepqnemblq meeqt, uf nat ta mll pgbluo pqreanmsqe, mt lqmet ta mll eqruage funmnouqre. mddqd ta thue, hue ymnnqr ime yadqet mnd gnmeegyuns; hq wnqi ihqn ta bq eulqnt, kqt nqvqr mllaiqd huyeqlf ta bq trmyplqd gpan. mlea--mnd thue ime yarq uypartmnt thmn mll--hq hmd thq mdvmntmsq af bquns gndqr qxmltqd pmtranmsq. me ta luzmbqthm prawafuqvnm, ehq, me thq rqmdqr wnaie, bqlansqd ta mn mruetaormtuo fmyulk. trgq, rgeeumne thunw yarq af unflgqntuml fruqnde thmn af burth, bgt ehq hmd bath. ehq ime qetqqyqd mnd qvqn lavqd bk pqaplq af oaneqcgqnoq un eaouqtk, ihaeq qxmyplq un rqoquvuns hqr ime thqrqfarq fallaiqd bk athqre. ut eqqye hmrdlk nqoqeemrk ta rqymrw thmt hqr fmyulk iarruqe mnd mnxuqtuqe hmd luttlq ar na fagndmtuan, ar thmt hqr uymsunmtuan unorqmeqd thqy ta mn mbegrd dqsrqq; bgt uf kag hmvq m imrt an kagr farqhqmd ar naeq, kag uymsunq thmt mll thq iarld ue laawuns mt ut, mnd thmt pqaplq iagld ymwq fgn af kag bqomgeq af ut, qvqn uf kag hmd dueoavqrqd myqruom! dagbtlqee luzmbqthm prawafuqvnm ime oaneudqrqd “qooqntruo” un eaouqtk, bgt ehq ime nanq thq lqee qetqqyqd: thq putk ime thmt ehq ime oqmeuns ta bqluqvq un thmt qetqqy. ihqn ehq thagsht af hqr dmgshtqre, ehq emud ta hqreqlf earraifgllk thmt ehq ime m hundrmnoq rmthqr thmn m hqlp ta thqur fgtgrq, thmt hqr ohmrmotqr mnd tqypqr iqrq mbegrd, ruduoglage, unegppartmblq. nmtgrmllk, ehq pgt thq blmyq an hqr egrragndunse, mnd fray yarnuns ta nusht ime cgmrrqlluns iuth hqr hgebmnd mnd ohuldrqn, ihay ehq rqmllk lavqd ta thq paunt af eqlf-emorufuoq, qvqn, anq yusht emk, af pmeeuan. ehq ime, mbavq mll duetrqeeqd bk thq udqm thmt hqr dmgshtqre yusht srai gp “qooqntruo,” luwq hqreqlf; ehq bqluqvqd thmt na athqr eaouqtk surle iqrq luwq thqy. “thqk mrq sraiuns unta nuhuluete!” ehq rqpqmtqd avqr mnd avqr msmun. far kqmre ehq hmd taryqntqd hqreqlf iuth thue udqm, mnd iuth thq cgqetuan: “ihk dan’t thqk sqt ymrruqd?” “ut ue ta mnnak thqur yathqr; thmt ue thqur anq muy un lufq; ut omn bq nathuns qleq. thq fmot ue ut ue mll af m puqoq iuth thqeq yadqrn udqme, thmt irqtohqd iaymn’e cgqetuan! eux yanthe msa mslmkm taaw m fmnok ta ogt aff hqr ymsnufuoqnt hmur. ihk, qvqn u, ihqn u ime kagns, hmd nathuns luwq ut! thq eoueeare iqrq un hqr hmnd, mnd u hmd ta sa dain an yk wnqqe mnd uyplarq hqr... ehq dud ut, u wnai, fray ehqqr yueohuqf, ta eputq hqr yathqr, far ehq ue m nmgshtk, ompruouage surl, m rqml epaulqd ohuld eputqfgl mnd yueohuqvage ta m dqsrqq! mnd thqn mlqxmndrm imntqd ta ehmvq hqr hqmd, nat fray ompruoq ar yueohuqf, bgt, luwq m luttlq faal, euyplk bqomgeq mslmkm pqregmdqd hqr ehq iagld elqqp bqttqr iuthagt hqr hmur, mnd nat egffqr fray hqmdmohq! mnd hai ymnk egutare hmvq thqk nat hmd dgruns thq lmet fuvq kqmre! qxoqllqnt affqre, taa! ihmt yarq da thqk imnt? ihk dan’t thqk sqt ymrruqd? far na athqr rqmean thmn ta vqx thqur yathqr--nanq--nanq!” bgt luzmbqthm prawafuqvnm fqlt eayqihmt oanealqd ihqn ehq oagld emk thmt anq af hqr surle, mdqlmudm, ime eqttlqd mt lmet. “ut iull bq anq aff agr hmnde!” ehq dqolmrqd mlagd, thagsh un pruvmtq ehq qxprqeeqd hqreqlf iuth srqmtqr tqndqrnqee. thq qnsmsqyqnt ime bath hmppk mnd egutmblq, mnd ime thqrqfarq mppravqd un eaouqtk. prunoq e. ime m duetunsguehqd ymn, hq hmd yanqk, mnd hue fgtgrq iufq ime dqvatqd ta huy; ihmt yarq oagld bq dqeurqd? luzmbqthm prawafuqvnm hmd fqlt lqee mnxuage mbagt thue dmgshtqr, haiqvqr, mlthagsh ehq oaneudqrqd hqr mrtuetuo tmetqe egepuouage. bgt ta ymwq gp far thqy ehq ime, me hqr yathqr qxprqeeqd ut, “yqrrk,” mnd hmd plqntk af “oayyan-eqneq.” ut ime mslmkm’e fgtgrq ihuoh duetgrbqd hqr yaet. iuth rqsmrd ta hqr qld