By Karel Capek
The tales during this assortment take on nice occasions and figures of background, fable, and literature in unforeseen methods, wondering perspectives on such uncomplicated suggestions as justice, development, knowledge, trust, and patriotism.
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50 “Bunk,” said Bullio. “We didn’t win, far from it. ” “That’s not how it was at all,” Macer retorted. “There wasn’t any battle at Alesia, never. Onocrates, wine! Wait a minute, I can tell you something: that time we laid siege to Avaricum— ” “That’s not at all how it was,” Bullio muttered, and he fell asleep. April 22, 1928 The Ten Righteous And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether acccording to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know .
Why didn’t you pack them off to Simon’s house? Why do we, of all people, have be the ones to take them in? Is Simon somehow better than us? I know Simon’s wife wouldn’t let riffraff like that into her home! ” declared Dinah, raising her voice even higher. “Who cares! It’d be a fine thing if I couldn’t make a peep in my own house because of tramps like those two! Do you know them? Does anybody know them? He says she’s his wife. That’s the story, his wife! I know what goes on with those kinds of drifters!
And then there was silence, the darkness perforated only by old Isachar’s snores. * * * Toward midnight Isachar was roused from his slumber by a woman’s stifled groans. Bless me, he thought in alarm, whatever it is, it’s right next door in the stable! If only it doesn’t wake Dinah . . She’ll just start in talking again! And he lay motionless, as if he were asleep. A moment later another groan was heard. God, be merciful! God, grant that Dinah not wake up, old Ischar prayed in anguish; but just then he felt Dinah stir beside him, hoist herself upright, and listen with intense concentration.
Apocryphal Tales: with a selection of fables and would-be tales by Karel Capek