2944. People in possession of this sort of thinking were never confused by such obvious contradictions as: “Since we all die, we must all be guilty of the selfsame terrible sins what ever they might be.”
How did the cantaloupe question come about? It was an upsetting event
that occurred at the institution about twenty years before the events of
our story. There was an elderly monk who had always seemed a little odd
to all the other inmates of the institution. He was one of those sorts
that often could be found talking to himself.
At that time, he was about seventy, and although he sometimes talked to
himself, he was well enough aware of the norms of his polite society
to know that it was looked upon askance and so when his private
soliloquies were notices he would stop speaking, look away and assume an
attitude of serious contemplation of whatever happened to be in his
2947. For example, one day he was standing in the rose garden in the middle of a winding path and he seemed to be engaged in an argument with no one in particular. Some other visitors coming upon him unexpectedly heard his exclaiming, “He never would have gone into that trade except for his missing finger, that missing finger pointed, indicated, suggested that it was the only way to determine what was ...