By Stanisław Lem, Michael Kandel
The planet Quinta is pocked by means of grotesque mounds and coated by means of a spiderweb-like community. it's a country of phantoms and of a good looks stricken by way of insanity. In stark distinction, the group of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they process Quinta, a dismal poetry takes over and leads them right into a nightmare of bewilderment.
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The incident was eleven years old. The preposterous whisperings in the novitiate concerning the pilgrim's identity had long since died away. The novitiate of Brother Francis' time was not the novitiate of today. The newest of the new crop of youngsters had never heard of the affair. The affair had cost Brother Francis seven Lenten vigils among the wolves, however, and he never fully trusted the subject as safe. Whenever he mentioned it, he would dream that night of wolves and of Arkos; in the dream, Arkos kept flinging meat to the wolves, and the meat was Francis.
Forgive my density, please. You have successfully defined the name by pointing to the creature named, which is truly the meaning of the name. But now the creaturediagram itself represents something, does it not? " Jeris laughed. "Quite clear! Eloquent! If the creature is the name, then the name is the creature. 'Equals may be substituted for equals,' or 'The order of an equality is reversible,' but may we proceed to the next axiom? If 'Quantities equal to the same quantity may substitute for each other' is true, then is there not some 'same quantity' which both name and diagram represent?
He chased me with a stick, asked me the way to the abbey, and made marks on the rock where I found the crypt. " "No, no! Nothing like that, Messer," the monk gasped. " "As God is my judge, Messer, he only made those two marks. " "Ah, well," sighed the postulator. "Travelers' stories are always exaggerated. But I wonder how it all got started. " Brother Francis told him quite briefly. Aguerra seemed saddened. After a thoughtful silence, he took the fat scroll, gave it a parting pat, and dropped it into the waste-bin.