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May you choose them up and confirm not anything occurs to them? Gregorius mailed the letter on the railway station and boarded the teach. He came across a seat on the window and his palms shook as he polished his glasses and made yes he had his passport, price ticket and deal with e-book. while the teach left for Geneva, it was once snowing great, gradual flakes. four for so long as attainable, Gregorius’s eyes clung to the final homes of the town. after they had eventually and irrevocably disappeared from view, he took out his computing device and began writing down the names of the scholars he had taught through the years. He begun with the former 12 months and labored backwards into the prior. for each identify he sought a face, a attribute gesture and a telling episode. He had no difficulty with the final 3 years, yet then he stored having the sensation that someone used to be lacking. within the mid-nineties, the sessions consisted of just a couple of faces and names, after which the chronological series blurred. What remained have been just a couple of girls and boys who stood out. He close the computing device. every now and then, within the urban, he had run right into a scholar he had taught a long time prior. They weren’t girls and boys now, yet women and men with spouses, professions and youngsters. He used to be shocked whilst he observed the adjustments of their faces: occasionally a untimely bitterness, a harried glance, a symptom of significant ailment. yet what frequently startled him used to be the straightforward indisputable fact that the altered faces indicated the incessant passing of time and the cruel decline of all residing issues. Then he checked out his arms with their first age spots, and occasionally he took out pictures of himself as a scholar and attempted to imagine what it have been prefer to pass though this lengthy stretch to the current, each day, 12 months after yr. On such days, he was once jumpier than traditional after which would seem unannounced at Doxiades’s place of work in order that he may once more dispel his worry of going blind. Encounters with former scholars who had lived decades in another country, on different continents, in different climates, with different languages, threw him off stability the main. and also you? nonetheless in Kirchenfeld? they requested, and their hobbies confirmed their impatience to maneuver on. At evening, after such an stumble upon, first he might protect himself opposed to those questions and later opposed to the sensation of getting to guard himself. And now, with all this dealing with his head, he sat within the educate, after greater than twenty-four hours with out sleep, and travelled in the direction of a destiny as doubtful as any he had ever needed to reflect on. The cease in Lausanne was once a temptation. around the similar platform used to be the teach to Bern. Gregorius stuck it and checked out the clock. If he took a taxi to Kirchenfeld, he may well nonetheless make the fourth interval. The letter – he must capture the postman day after today or ask Kägi to provide him again the envelope unopened. disagreeable yet now not very unlikely. Now his glance fell at the computing device at the compartment desk. with no commencing it, he observed the record of scholar names. And instantly, he understood: what had all started because the temptation to carry directly to anything time-honored after the final homes of Bern slipped away, had develop into extra like a farewell because the hours handed.