№264 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 264
No one could answer.
"And we must find out," cried another, "Why all places are different, although there is no distance." That was the problem. One is here. Then one is there. Just like that, no movement, no reason. And yet, without moving, one is in another place.
"We must go to the Answerer."
For they had heard the legends, knew the tales. "Once there was a race, a good deal like us, and they Knew - and they told Answerer. Then they disappeared to where there is no place, but much distance."
"How do we get there?" the newborn nineteenth cried, filled now with knowledge.
"We go." And eighteen of them vanished.
Lek came to Answerer, striding swiftly from star to star. He lifted Answerer in his hand and looked at him.
"So you are Answerer," he said.
"Yes," Answerer said.
"Then tell me," Lek said, settling himself comfortably in a gap between the stars, "Tell me what I am."
"An indication," Answerer said.
"Come now," Lek said, "Now then. The purpose of my kind is to gather purple, and to build a mound of it. Can you tell me the real meaning of this?"
"Your question is without meaning," Answerer said. He knew what purple actually was, and what the mound was for. But the explanation was hidden in a greater explanation. Without this, Lek's question was inexplicable, and Lek had failed to ask the real question.
Lek asked other questions, and Answerer was unable to answer them. Lek viewed things through his specialized eyes, extracted a part of the truth and refused to see more. How to tell a blind man the sensation of green?
Answerer didn't try. He wasn't supposed to.
Finally, Lek departed, walking swiftly across the stars.