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Their host, a short thickset man who had difficulty with his breathing, attended in the meantime to his managerial business. He kept looking at his watch and, puffing and blow­ ing, stirred the logs in the stove with a poker. Sometimes, as though changing his mind about something, he would sud­ denly stop in his tracks halfway across the room, swivel around, and dart over to the desk at which Kovalevsky was writing to his brother: . . “in other words, all is well. I only hope it goes on like this.

Maybe. The habitual, the banal is of course simpler, pleas­ anter, more comfortable. Euclid’s world is very simple and Einstein’s world is very difficult; nevertheless it is now im­ possible to return to Euclid’s. No revolution, no heresy is comfortable and easy. Because it is a leap, it is a rupture of the smooth evolutionary curve, and a rupture is a wound, a pain. But it is a necessary wound: most people suffer from hereditary sleeping sickness, and those who are sick with this ailment (entropy) must not be allowed to sleep, or they will go to their last sleep, the sleep of death.

Mininbay got off here and, wishing his master a good journey, vanished in the storm like a flurry of powdered snow. They sped on and on over the arrow-straight highway. “I asked her to come here with me,” one of them thought, breathing in the dampness of thawing fur. ” A lot of streetcars had got stuck in front of the theater and an anxious crowd was milling around the first one. . “The performance has begun,” the usher said in a confidential whisper and, gray in his cloth uniform, he drew back the cloth curtain separating the stalls from the lighted cloakroom with its benches, galoshes, and posters.

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