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By Graham Greene

Querry, a world-famous architect, is the sufferer of a poor assault of indifference: he not reveals that means in paintings or excitement in existence. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he's clinically determined because the psychological identical of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has passed through a degree of mutilation. in spite of the fact that, as Querry loses himself in paintings for the lepers his ailment of brain slowly methods a remedy. Then the white neighborhood reveals out who Querry is...

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As far as he could tell an ankle was broken--that seemed to be all. Soon the light was so dim that Querry could see the shape of the filament in the dark, like a phosphorescent worm; then it went out altogether. He took Deo Gratias's hand to reassure him, or rather laid his own hand down beside it; you cannot "take" a fingerless hand. Deo Gratias grunted twice, and then uttered a word. It sounded like "Pendéle". In the darkness the knuckles felt like a rock that has been eroded for years by the weather.

What was the meaning of the sweat he had seen pouring down the man's face? It might have been caused by fear or anxiety or even, in the heavy river-heat, by the pressure of thought. Interest began to move painfully in him like a nerve that has been frozen. He had lived with inertia so long that he examined his "interest" with clinical detachment. He must have been walking now, he told himself, over an hour. How had Deo Gratias come so far without his staff on mutilated feet? He felt more than ever doubtful whether the battery would last him home.

Oh no, it isn't. You try to draw everything into the net of your faith, father, but you can't steal all the virtues. Gentleness isn't Christian, self-sacrifice isn't Christian, charity isn't, remorse isn't. I expect the caveman wept to see another's tears. Haven't you even seen a dog weep? " "You believe that? " "I am. The awful thing is I know it would be my body someone would cover. Almost certainly a woman. They have a passion for the dead. " The Superior stubbed out his cheroot and then lit another as he moved towards the door.

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