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What happens to me," he acknowledged thoughtfully, "is it truly is something to speak abstractly approximately 'life after loss of life. ' humans were doing that for 50 thousand years; Lucretius used to be, thousand years in the past. What pursuits me extra isn't the great total philosophical photo however the concrete truth of the wub-pelt; the immortality which it carried round with it. " To Snead he stated, "What different books did you bind in it? " "Tom Paine's Age of Reason," Snead stated, consulting his record. "What have been the implications? " "Two-hundred-sixty-seven clean pages. other than correct within the heart the single note bleh. " "Continue. " "The Britannica. It did not accurately swap something, however it extra entire articles. at the soul, on transmigration, on hell, damnation, sin, or immortality; the total twenty-four quantity set turned religiously orientated. " He glanced up. "Should i'm going on? " "Sure," Masters acknowledged, listening and meditating at the same time. "The Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. It left the textual content intact, however it periodically inserted the biblical line, 'The letter killeth however the spirit giveth lifestyles. ' again and again. "James Hilton's misplaced Horizon. Shangri-La seems to be a imaginative and prescient of the after existence which --" "Okay," Masters stated. "We get the belief. The query is, what will we do with this? evidently we won't bind books with it -- at the very least books which it disagrees with. " yet he used to be commencing to see one other use; a way more own one. And it a long way outweighed something which the wub-fur could do for or to books -- actually for any inanimate item. once he obtained to a mobilephone -- "Of certain interest," Snead used to be announcing, "is its response to a quantity of accrued papers on psychoanalysis by way of the various maximum residing Freudian analysts of our time. It allowed each one article to stay intact, yet on the finish of every it further a similar word. " He chuckled. " 'Physician, heal thyself. ' little bit of a feeling of humor, there. " "Yeah," Masters stated. considering, unceasingly, of the telephone and the single important name which he may make. again in his personal workplace at Obelisk Books, Masters attempted out a initial test -- to determine if this concept could paintings. conscientiously, he wrapped a Royal Albert yellow bone-china cup and saucer in wub-fur, a favourite from his personal assortment. Then, after a lot soul-searching and trepidation, he positioned the package at the flooring of his workplace and, with all his declining could, stepped on it. The cup didn't holiday. not less than it didn't appear to. He unwrapped the package deal, then and inspected the cup. He have been correct; wrapped in dwelling wub-fur it could possibly no longer be destroyed. happy, he seated himself at his table, reflected one final time. The wrapper of wub-fur had made a brief, fragile item imperishable. So the wub's doctrine of exterior survival had labored itself out in perform -- precisely as he had anticipated. He picked up the telephone, dialed his lawyer's quantity. "This is ready my will," he stated to his legal professional, whilst he had him at the different finish of the road. "You understand, the most recent one I made out a couple of months in the past. i've got an extra clause to insert.