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"Why?" says Nathalie instantly. "Because I'm old. Expendable. Why else?" (Lori
Graham is looking adoring and anxious. ) "Very sensible," says Nathalie. "So
should Mrs. Graham." ( Lori outraged. ) "Well, if there's any harm. . . ." This is John
Ude. "The Grahams will go," says Nathalie over her shoulder, and continues
putting together our shovels, our hammers, our axes— "half an hour, no less, no
more"— and something longer that comes in sections. The Grahams go out the
think you better go on," and I only hope Nathalie's training has included eye-
gouging and larynx- smashing because this boy is beginning to find out— in two
daysl— that we are far, far from any law. I hope he can be shamed. I said: "Well, I
hope we find volcanic glass, because I could recognize that; I saw it once in a
museum." This falls flat. "What do you suggest we do?" says the Professor, with
The Smile. "You seem to think we have no chance." Humor her. I nodded. The
Arbitrary. I study it very carefully. "Will you just stop that!" cries Nathalie furiously,
for Alan is taking a bath in the tool chest, a real bath (insofar as he can fit in) and
singing lustily, though nothing recognizable. He's tune-deaf. Nathalie shouts, "
Goddamn it, you're wasting water!" "But we've got water," says he, bewildered. "
You just said so." "We've got the raw material for the distiller," she said. "That's all.
We haven't even measured the flow yet. Now get out of there!" He does, tipping
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