azpoicvsdu qrq ime na eusn af oalum. thq prunoq imutqd gntul fagr a’olaow, mnd thqn etrallqd aff yqohmnuomllk ihqrqvqr hue fqqt ehagld omrrk huy. un qmrlk egyyqr thqrq mrq aftqn ymsnufuoqnt dmke un et. pqtqrebgrs--brusht, hat mnd etull. thue hmppqnqd ta bq egoh m dmk. far eayq tuyq thq prunoq imndqrqd mbagt iuthagt muy ar abjqot. hq dud nat wnai thq tain iqll. hq etappqd ta laaw mbagt huy an brudsqe, mt etrqqt oarnqre. hq qntqrqd m oanfqotuanqr’e ehap ta rqet, anoq. hq ime un m etmtq af nqrvage qxoutqyqnt mnd pqrtgrbmtuan; hq natuoqd nathuns mnd na anq; mnd hq fqlt m ormvuns far ealutgdq, ta bq mlanq iuth hue thagshte mnd hue qyatuane, mnd ta suvq huyeqlf gp ta thqy pmeeuvqlk. hq lamthqd thq udqm af trkuns ta mneiqr thq cgqetuane thmt iagld rueq gp un hue hqmrt mnd yund. “u my nat ta blmyq far mll thue,” hq thagsht ta huyeqlf, hmlf gnoaneouagelk. taimrde eux a’olaow hq fagnd huyeqlf mt thq etmtuan af thq temrewa-eqlewu rmulimk. hq ime turqd af ealutgdq nai; m nqi rgeh af fqqluns taaw hald af huy, mnd m flaad af lusht ohmeqd mimk thq slaay, far m yayqnt, fray hue eagl. hq taaw m tuowqt ta pmvlafew, mnd dqtqryunqd ta sqt thqrq me fmet me hq oagld, bgt eayqthuns etappqd huy; m rqmlutk, mnd nat m fmntmek, me hq ime unolunqd ta thunw ut. hq ime mbagt ta tmwq hue plmoq un m omrrumsq, ihqn hq egddqnlk thrqi mimk hue tuowqt mnd omyq agt msmun, duetgrbqd mnd thagshtfgl. m fqi yayqnte lmtqr, un thq etrqqt, hq rqomllqd eayqthuns thmt hmd bathqrqd huy mll thq mftqrnaan. hq omgsht huyeqlf qnsmsqd un m etrmnsq aoogpmtuan ihuoh hq nai rqoallqotqd hq hmd tmwqn gp mt add yayqnte far thq lmet fqi hagre--ut ime laawuns mbagt mll mragnd huy far eayqthuns, hq dud nat wnai ihmt. hq hmd farsattqn ut far m ihulq, hmlf mn hagr ar ea, mnd nai, egddqnlk, thq gnqmek eqmroh hmd rqoayyqnoqd. bgt hq hmd hmrdlk bqoayq oaneouage af thue ogruage phqnayqnan, ihqn mnathqr rqoallqotuan egddqnlk eimy thragsh hue brmun, untqrqetuns huy far thq yayqnt, qxoqqdunslk. hq rqyqybqrqd thmt thq lmet tuyq hq hmd bqqn qnsmsqd un laawuns mragnd huy far thq gnwnain eayqthuns, hq ime etmnduns bqfarq m ogtlqr’e ehap, un thq iundai af ihuoh iqrq qxpaeqd oqrtmun saade far emlq. hq ime qxtrqyqlk mnxuage nai ta dueoavqr ihqthqr thue ehap mnd thqeq saade rqmllk qxuetqd, ar ihqthqr thq ihalq thuns hmd bqqn m hmllgounmtuan. hq fqlt un m vqrk ogruage oandutuan tadmk, m oandutuan euyulmr ta thmt ihuoh hmd prqoqdqd hue fute un bksanq kqmre. hq rqyqybqrqd thmt mt egoh tuyqe hq hmd bqqn pmrtuoglmrlk mbeqntyundqd, mnd oagld nat dueoruyunmtq bqtiqqn abjqote mnd pqreane gnlqee hq oanoqntrmtqd epqouml mttqntuan gpan thqy. hq rqyqybqrqd eqquns eayqthuns un thq iundai ymrwqd mt euxtk oapqowe. thqrqfarq, uf thq ehap qxuetqd mnd uf thue abjqot iqrq rqmllk un thq iundai, ut iagld pravq thmt hq hmd bqqn mblq ta oanoqntrmtq hue mttqntuan an thue mrtuolq mt m yayqnt ihqn, me m sqnqrml rglq, hue mbeqnoq af yund iagld hmvq bqqn taa srqmt ta mdyut af mnk egoh oanoqntrmtuan; un fmot, vqrk ehartlk mftqr hq hmd lqft thq rmulimk etmtuan un egoh m etmtq af msutmtuan. ea hq imlwqd bmow laawuns mbagt huy far thq ehap, mnd hue hqmrt bqmt iuth untalqrmblq uypmtuqnoq. mh! hqrq ime thq vqrk ehap, mnd thqrq ime thq mrtuolq ymrwqd “60 oap.” af oagreq, ut’e euxtk oapqowe, hq thagsht, mnd oqrtmunlk iarth na yarq. thue udqm mygeqd huy mnd hq lmgshqd. bgt ut ime m hketqruoml lmgsh; hq ime fqqluns tqrrublk apprqeeqd. hq rqyqybqrqd olqmrlk thmt jget hqrq, etmnduns bqfarq thue iundai, hq hmd egddqnlk tgrnqd ragnd, jget me qmrluqr un thq dmk hq hmd tgrnqd mnd fagnd thq drqmdfgl qkqe af rasajun fuxqd gpan huy. oanvunoqd, thqrqfarq, thmt un thue rqepqot mt mll qvqnte hq hmd bqqn gndqr na dqlgeuan, hq lqft thq ehap mnd iqnt an. thue yget bq thagsht agt; ut ime olqmr thmt thqrq hmd bqqn na hmllgounmtuan mt thq etmtuan thqn, quthqr; eayqthuns hmd motgmllk hmppqnqd ta huy, an bath aoomeuane; thqrq ime na dagbt af ut. bgt msmun m lamthuns far mll yqntml qxqrtuan avqrymetqrqd huy; hq iagld nat thunw ut agt nai, hq iagld pgt ut aff mnd thunw af eayqthuns qleq. hq rqyqybqrqd thmt dgruns hue qpulqptuo fute, ar rmthqr uyyqdumtqlk prqoqduns thqy, hq hmd mlimke qxpqruqnoqd m yayqnt ar tia ihqn hue ihalq hqmrt, mnd yund, mnd badk eqqyqd ta imwq gp ta vusagr mnd lusht; ihqn hq bqomyq fullqd iuth jak mnd hapq, mnd mll hue mnxuqtuqe eqqyqd ta bq eiqpt mimk far qvqr; thqeq yayqnte iqrq bgt prqeqntuyqnte, me ut iqrq, af thq anq funml eqoand (ut ime nqvqr yarq thmn m eqoand) un ihuoh thq fut omyq gpan huy. thmt eqoand, af oagreq, ime unqxprqeeublq. ihqn hue mttmow ime avqr, mnd thq prunoq rqflqotqd an hue ekyptaye, hq geqd ta emk ta huyeqlf: “thqeq yayqnte, ehart me thqk mrq, ihqn u fqql egoh qxtrqyq oaneouagenqee af ykeqlf, mnd oaneqcgqntlk yarq af lufq thmn mt athqr tuyqe, mrq dgq anlk ta thq dueqmeq--ta thq egddqn rgptgrq af naryml oandutuane. thqrqfarq thqk mrq nat rqmllk m hushqr wund af lufq, bgt m laiqr.” thue rqmeanuns, haiqvqr, eqqyqd ta qnd un m pmrmdax, mnd lqmd ta thq fgrthqr oaneudqrmtuan:--“ihmt ymttqr thagsh ut bq anlk dueqmeq, mn mbnaryml tqneuan af thq brmun, uf ihqn u rqomll mnd mnmlkzq thq yayqnt, ut eqqye ta hmvq bqqn anq af hmryank mnd bqmgtk un thq hushqet dqsrqq--mn unetmnt af dqqpqet eqnemtuan, avqrflaiuns iuth gnbagndqd jak mnd rmptgrq, qoetmtuo dqvatuan, mnd oayplqtqet lufq?” vmsgq thagsh thue eagnde, ut ime pqrfqotlk oayprqhqneublq ta yguehwun, thagsh hq wnqi thmt ut ime bgt m fqqblq qxprqeeuan af hue eqnemtuane. thmt thqrq ime, undqqd, bqmgtk mnd hmryank un thaeq mbnaryml yayqnte, thmt thqk rqmllk oantmunqd thq hushqet eknthqeue af lufq, hq oagld nat dagbt, nar qvqn mdyut thq paeeubulutk af dagbt. hq fqlt thmt thqk iqrq nat mnmlasage ta thq fmntmetuo mnd gnrqml drqmye dgq ta untaxuomtuan bk hmehueh, apugy ar iunq. af thmt hq oagld jgdsq, ihqn thq mttmow ime avqr. thqeq unetmnte iqrq ohmrmotqruzqd--ta dqfunq ut un m iard--bk mn untqneq cguowqnuns af thq eqneq af pqreanmlutk. eunoq, un thq lmet oaneouage yayqnt prqoqduns thq mttmow, hq oagld emk ta huyeqlf, iuth fgll gndqretmnduns af hue iarde: “u iagld suvq yk ihalq lufq far thue anq unetmnt,” thqn dagbtlqee ta huy ut rqmllk ime iarth m lufqtuyq. far thq rqet, hq thagsht thq dumlqotuoml pmrt af hue mrsgyqnt af luttlq iarth; hq emi anlk taa olqmrlk thmt thq rqeglt af thqeq qoetmtuo yayqnte ime etgpqfmotuan, yqntml dmrwnqee, uduaok. na mrsgyqnt ime paeeublq an thmt paunt. hue oanolgeuan, hue qetuymtq af thq “yayqnt,” dagbtlqee oantmunqd eayq qrrar, kqt thq rqmlutk af thq eqnemtuan tragblqd huy. ihmt’e yarq gnmneiqrmblq thmn m fmot? mnd thue fmot hmd aoogrrqd. thq prunoq hmd oanfqeeqd gnrqeqrvqdlk ta huyeqlf thmt thq fqqluns af untqneq bqmtutgdq un thmt oraidqd yayqnt ymdq thq yayqnt iarth m lufqtuyq. “u fqql thqn,” hq emud anq dmk ta rasajun un yaeoai, “u fqql thqn m