The Next In Line

by on Jul.30, 2013, under Syndicated from the Web

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“I don’t mind skulls and bones,” said Marie. “There’s nothing even vaguely human to them.  I’m not scared of skulls and bones. They’re like something insectile.  If a child was raised and didn’t know he had a skeleton in him, he wouldn’t think anything of bones, would he? That’s how it is with me. Everything human has been scraped off these.  There’s nothing familiar left to be horrible.  In order for a thing to be horrible it has to suffer a change you can recognize.  This isn’t changed. They’re still skeletons, like they always were.  The part that changed is gone, and so there’s nothing to show for it. Isn’t that interesting?”
Joseph nodded.
She was quite brave now.
“Well,” she said, “let’s see the mummies.”
“Here, senora,” said the caretaker.
He took them far down the hall away from the stack of bones and when Joseph paid him a peso he unlocked the forbidden crystal doors and opened them wide and they looked into an even longer, dimly lighted hall in which stood the people.

Ray Bradbury


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