№263 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 263
What is life?
What is death?
After a particularly-long period of hunting purple, Lek and his friends gathered to talk. Purple always ran away - why, no one knew.
"Do you know," Lek said, "I think I'll hunt up this Answerer."
"Why?" Ilm asked him. "Why do you want to know things? Isn't the job of gathering purple enough for you?"
"No," Lek said, "It is not." The great job of Lek and his kind was the gathering of purple. They found purple in many parts of space. Slowly, they were building a huge mound of it. What the mound was for, no one knew.
"I suppose you'll ask him what purple is?" Ilm asked, pushing a star out of his way and lying down. "We must know the true nature of purple, and its meaning in the scheme of things. We must know why it governs our lives."
Ilm and the others didn't try to argue. They knew that the knowledge was important. Ever since the dawn of time, Lek, Ilm and the others had gathered purple. Now it was time to know the ultimate answers to the universe - what purple was, and what the mound was for.
And of course, there was the Answerer to tell them. Everyone had heard of the Answerer, built by a race not unlike themselves, now long departed.
"Will you ask him anything else?" Ilm asked Lek.
"I don't know," Lek said. "Perhaps I'll ask about the stars. There's really nothing else important." Since Lek and his brothers had lived since the dawn of time, they never thought over death. And they didn't consider the question of life.
"I go!" Lek shouted.
Lek strode off, leaping from star to star.
There were eighteen of them, gathered in one place.
"We must go to the Answerer," one cried. "Our lives are governed by the rule of eighteen. Where there are eighteen, there will be nineteen. Why is this so?"