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【ACC-005】決断vol.1MARIA

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-27 00:01:12
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【ACC-005】決断vol.1MARIA �


IamthusexplicitaboutitbecauseitshowshowunexpectedlystrongwastheimpressionmadeuponElladorwhensheatlastenteredourcivilization.

"Itisbetter,"shesaidtome."Itismuchbetterthatithasnotcometomeyet--tous,thatis.ForifIamtogowithyoutoyourcountry,wemayhave`adventuresbyseaandland,'asyousay[andasintruthwedid],anditmightnotbeatallsafeforababy.Sowewon'ttryagain,dear,tillitissafe--willwe?"

Jeffwasperfectlysatisfied.Hethoughttheywerequiteright.Healwaysdid.IneversawanalienbecomenaturalizedmorequicklythanthatmaninHerland.

"Then,"theysaidquitecalmly,"hemustremainanabsoluteprisoner,always."

"Shekickedme,"confidedtheembitteredprisoner--hehadtotalktosomeone."Iwasdoubledupwiththepain,ofcourse,andshejumpedonmeandyelledforthisoldharpy[Moadinecouldn'thearhim]andtheyhadmetrussedupinnotime.IbelieveAlimacouldhavedoneitalone,"headdedwithreluctantadmiration."She'sasstrongasahorse.Andofcourseaman'shelplesswhenyouhithimlikethat.Nowomanwithashadeofdecency--"

"Alsothereisstill,invaryingdegree,ignorance,withprejudiceandunbridledemotion."

"But--but--itseemssoagainstnature!"shesaid."Noneofthecreaturesweknowdothat.Dootheranimals--inyourcountry?"

AfterIgotoverthejartomypride(whichJeff,Itrulythink,neverfelt--hewasabornworshipper,andwhichTerrynevergotover--hewasquiteclearinhisideasof"thepositionofwomen"),Ifoundthatloving"up"wasaverygoodsensationafterall.Itgavemeaqueerfeeling,waydowndeep,asofthestirringofsomeancientdimprehistoricconsciousness,afeelingthattheywererightsomehow--thatthiswasthewaytofeel.Itwaslike--cominghometomother.Idon'tmeantheunderflannels-and-doughnutsmother,thefussypersonthatwaitsonyouandspoilsyouanddoesn'treallyknowyou.Imeanthefeelingthataverylittlechildwouldhave,whohadbeenlost--foreversolong.Itwasasenseofgettinghome;ofbeingcleanandrested;ofsafetyandyetfreedom;oflovethatwasalwaysthere,warmlikesunshineinMay,nothotlikeastoveorafeatherbed--alovethatdidn'tirritateanddidn'tsmother.

Itwasthemoredifficulttoexplaintoher,becausewethree,inourconstanttalksandlecturesabouttherestoftheworld,hadnaturallyavoidedtheseamyside;notsomuchfromadesiretodeceive,butfromwishingtoputthebestfootforemostforourcivilization,inthefaceofthebeautyandcomfortoftheirs.Also,wereallythoughtsomethingswereright,oratleastunavoidable,whichwecouldreadilyseewouldberepugnanttothem,andthereforedidnotdiscuss.Againtherewasmuchofourworld'slifewhichwe,beingusedtoit,hadnotnoticedasanythingworthdescribing.Andstillfurther,therewasaboutthesewomenacolossalinnocenceuponwhichmanyofthethingswedidsayhadmadenoimpressionwhatever.


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