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If the woman doesn’t speak, all we will do is speculate concerning the associate … —Maybe it's only conjecture, Marchini remarked. This time Curreli and Vanni laughed heartily … IV What did you do? Then, unexpectedly, it was once in all places … and she’ll by no means be again. My mom didn’t also have time to undergo. We embraced one another, I embraced you. within the evening that used to be vanishing, I observed too many stuff that have been vanishing with it. It used to be at that time that i presumed approximately it, and it was once as though I understood every thing: that it wasn’t her, that it wasn’t freedom, that it wasn’t carrying on with to strike her, overlaying her mouth so she wouldn’t scream, that it wasn’t even my mom, that physique at the flooring sopping wet in its personal blood. I embraced you; you, as traditional, checked out me, your eyes half-closed. I start to giggle simply because you’re unusual and also you don’t wish me to speak. You wonder such a lot of questions, seeing my mom there at the ground. I pay attention them banging round inside of your head, i think you style them in your palate and take a look at to take away them out of your the teeth with the end of your tongue, like a sweet that's too sticky. For my expensive little brothers and my grandmother, it used to be like gratifying an obligation, you recognize? See, the worst factor was once gaining knowledge of the pointlessness, learning that every one my pondering and pondering and pondering wouldn’t have an effect on whatever … gaining knowledge of that the enemy had no longer been defeated. I’m giggling simply because I see that you’re uneasy, an uneasiness that's new … you, who believed blindly, now start to have doubts … and evening is amassing its issues and day arrives and the sunshine returns and the void comes again to lifestyles and not anything turns out vital anymore, no longer even this fiction of ours. Seeing the girl’s faint smile was once a wierd adventure. within the interrogation room, Curreli, Marchini, and Vanni, after 16 hours, felt just like the survivors of a silent shipwreck. That position, that desk, each ground tile, had heard all kinds of confessions, voices, lies, yet by no means such obdurate silence. Curreli instinctively back the smile, as though all these 16 hours spent jointly have been not anything yet a protracted, grueling prologue. —Did I let you know i've got a daughter your age? the commissioner all of sudden requested. the woman couldn’t support in brief shaking her head. Curreli sat down: i used to be considering in the event you might support me. See, my daughter won’t seek advice from me, she desires to positioned a diamond stud in her nostril … good … you appear familiar with these items. Deborah thrust her head again till you'll listen the bones of her neck snap. —How will we assist you young ones if you happen to won’t communicate to us, huh? What, precisely, have we performed to deserve loads hatred? What? Curreli implored with feeling. The face of his daughter Manuela had unexpectedly superimposed itself on that of Deborah seated prior to him. the lady checked out him with a mixture of astonishment and affection. Dr. Vanni and Marchini couldn't think their eyes whilst she reached out a hand to caress Curreli’s stubbly cheek. Then anything terribly transparent seems to be on your eyes. What did you do?