"How these papers have
been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of
them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history
almost at variance with the possibilities of later-day belief may stand
forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past
things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly
contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge
of those who made them."
Panna continues to
eat. Katherine and Julie watch her for a moment.
Panna) You cannot recuperate here. You cannot
recuperate anywhere. You cannot watch the sun rise again, I’m
afraid that joy is denied to you. You cannot walk in the sunshine.
You can move during the daylight hours providing you remain in the castle.
Try to face the sun and you will burn like dry grass.
Panna Straight out of a gothic novel. Are you
I wish we were. Then we could be happy.
Julie Walk tonight along the balcony and take long deep
breaths, for your body will soon reject such simple pleasures as wine,
food, and air.
me eat, Julie. Your game is not amusing to me. I still have
hunger. I need water. I need food. My stomach hurts with
also will pass. The desire for food will fade leaving nothing but a
for a moment, then in all seriousness) No food.
No sun. What kind of an illness is that?
have a little food on your chin.
Panna rubs her chin.
Panna Got it?
Katherine shakes her head. Panna tries again.
Panna Got it this time?
Katherine reaches out with the fragment of mirror. Panna takes
it, smiling, and holds it up. She struggles for a moment, unable
to understand. She lapses into a silence. Katherine reaches
across and takes the mirror from her hand.
old life is leaving you. What sustained you before will no longer
satisfy your bodily needs. The most basic instinct - survival -
remains, but will require a new kind of sustenance.
is? What will sustain me now? What will I eat? What will
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