The next morning, the boat
It seemed the height of folly to rent a car, so they took the precaution of arranging it through the concierge. Then they went out to explore the town. If a trap was waiting they were walking into it, but they also expected friendly help and needed to be seen at any risk.
They visited the cathedral, which was a stone’s throw from the hotel. Vast and splendid, it boasted the oldest reed organ in the world. While they were there someone was practicing “Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring.” The deep voice of the ancient instrument seemed not to have been dulled by the passing of centuries. They wished they could have been there for a concert. Then they went out to inspect the battlements.
The fortress is situated on a high rock with ample wells struck deep in case of siege. The general layout is of a castle within a curtain wall strengthened by great towers. The castle shares structure with the curtain wall. But outside, surrounding the town, is a second curtain wall with a passage between the walls. From the outside it appears that the lower outer wall is also strengthened by towers. But from the inside it was apparent that these outer structures were not complete towers. They lacked any wall between themselves and the inner wall.
Any besieger who managed to gain the outer wall could not use the towers as a shelter while shooting arrows at the defenders. Instead the attacking force would be completely exposed to archery from loopholes and from the higher inner wall. It was a very strong fortress indeed.
The structure of walls and
half towers gave the appearance of a pleated garment, like the skirts of the
The fort was first
At one time the Goths seemed
to have conquered all of
The roofs of the towers varied. Some were red tile and some blue slate. Over the centuries while the fort had been maintained for its historic value instead of its military value, opinions had changed more than once about which was the right kind of roof. Current opinion favored red tile, so as roofs needed replacing, that was the kind being put in. The resulting mixture had a rather more authentic feel than had they all been alike. An active fort would have been repaired at many different times and probably would have had different kinds of roofing.
Once they had verified that the city was not going to blow away in the next high wind, they found a café and settled in for a bit of lunch. As they finished ordering, a group of men dressed in black driving leathers came into the café and filled it. On of them asked in strained English whether he could sit at their table. The better part of caution seemed to be courtesy, so they made room.
It was a German motorcycle
club. They were young to middle aged men,
who had come all the way from
As they sat,
And the face is involved in drinking or chewing, contorting itself as it goes about the business of getting food to where it will do the most good and not into the airway, where it could do the most harm.
Slower than the emotion of the moment is the change that comes to the face because of habitual use. Its color can reflect time in the sun abd wind or time cloistered in a study. Wrinkles and muscle tone proclaim the uses of the middle past.
Slower still are the changes
brought about by the passage of time. That was one reason Hapgood
And least changing of all was
the underlying genetic information that had been used to make the body when it
was still embryonic. That might change a
But as he looked, somewhat
lit on the wine as he was,
As he sat and looked,
Where the edge of the nose curved upward from the upper lip, it was obvious that the tissue had been fused, welded as it were. And the philtrum, the vertical, groove of the upper lip, also had to be two welded lines. The line from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth seemed again to be a place where tissue had started as separate growing lobules and had later joined.
It had all been under such exquisite control, this laying down of the structure of the face. The genes, like lathes or drill presses, had been called into action and then shut down with precise timing. The result was that a child would resemble the parents in the most subtle ways.
Here in mid face, then, was an expression of the most specific and most accurate signals from that which was inherited, not just genes but controls. At the same time it was the most explicit part of the body. It was out front for all to see; it was an unambiguous identifier of just whom one was looking at. And it was the home of the involuntary reflection of the inner life.
A lip could curve upward in a
smile of happiness or the lips could pout with the ache of desire, or the
appearance could simply be built in. The
most transient and least transient causes could produce much the same
appearance. At last
A boy came up with some newspapers. Looking hopeful, he said, “Crossword. English.”
1 Carries it all
2 French painter
4 Point at
7 Lord of the Flies
8 Box for a body
10 Twilight of the Gods
2 Moving by means of force
4 Kind of car
5 Igniting if exposed to air
7 River in
8 Power generators
10 The worship of snakes
11 Being ancient Egyptian
20 Destroyer of worlds
21 Larger than a viola
23 Bold one
26 Professional fool
27 Until the day
32 Telling a tale
1 Contest between two
2 In decline
3 Without guidance
7 Likes a threesome
13 Deceived by
14 And every
17 Pleasant task
19 Mud dropped by water
3 Greek horse race
4 Helps with an enigma
6 Howling beast
8 To be sown
9 For O for O the hobbyhorse
11 A kind of thrush
13 Roman philosopher
14 Business at
20 Registers pace
22 Highest dudgeon
24 Philosophy of
26 Cannon swab
“The first word across might be ‘car,’” she said. “Then the diagonal word is … What was the name of that theologian that started with an ‘a’?”
“No, the other one. The Trinity one”
“All right. That works. What is ‘Lord of the Flies’?”
“Try Baal,” said Hapgood. “There is a
She wrote it in.
About that time, another young women came over and sat down. She said, “Mind if I sit? My name is
“How so?” asked
“Roslein means little rose. It’s dialect. The peasants speak it. In proper German you would say Roschen. But in archaic German it’s roslein. Nobody speaks dialect any longer. I mean unless they are among family or good friends. Then it’s rude to use High German.”
“So then ‘
“What are you doing here in
“Wander-driving,” said Konrad. “Wanderfahren. Each morning we start our motorcycles and
then at the last second decide where we are going that day. We came from
“And the rest of you,”
“There’s got to be more to it
than that,” said
“Ah my little treasure,” said Konrad beerily, “You are much too nosy. They are tourists like you. They did not come to face the Inquisition.”
“No. I really want to know.”
“Now you are much too intelligent looking to be so pretty. I mean you are much too pretty to be so inquisitive.”
Another member of the club came over. “Behaving yourself, Konrad?”
“No harm. I’m just talking to the little girl here.”
“I think it’s time to go, Konrad.”
“But she would be desolate if I left her now.”
The newcomer turned to the group. “He gets more sociable than he means to be sometimes. I see you are through with lunch. Perhaps it would be better…”
They took the hint and rose
to signal the waiter.
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