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When I turn away, I suspect that they are laughing at my back, but when I swing
about to surprise the insolence, they have already gone off about their business,
and this is the larger indignity: they are too bored with me even to laugh. "Finally I
discovered an old man sunning himself on a bench. When I put my questions to
him, he at least had the grace to make me an elucidation. "Ys, so I discover, is
controlled by an unspoken consensus. Custom and convenience take the place
As she came to the spot where Shimrod sat, she halted and peered through the
dark. Shimrod rose to his feet, and Melancthe turned to go her way. Shimrod fell
in step beside her. She said nothing. Finally Shimrod asked: "For whom are you
singing?" "No one." "Why do you go there?" "Because I choose to do so." "Who
are those creatures?" "Outcasts like myself." "Do you talk? Or do other than sing?"
Melancthe laughed, a strange low laugh. "Shimrod, you are ruled by your brain.
Further and beyond all else, a wonderful new scheme had burst into his mind.
Tatzel would discover a new bewilderment, and the thought prompted Aillas to
chuckle aloud. Tatzel, also lying awake and staring up at the moon, found Aillas'
amusement totally at discord with her own mood. She asked resentfully: "Why are
you laughing?" Then, as Aillas made no immediate reply, she said: "When men
are bereft of their senses, they laugh up at the moon." Aillas chuckled once more.
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