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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden

Chapter XX: The stage is set,   pp. 204-210

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2o6                 Satan Came to Eden 
ing all that time it was poor Frederick who went short, for I was 
literally incapable of following his work with the intensity of in- 
terest and mental clarity which it demanded. He felt this very 
much, for he had become used to discussing every point of his 
philosophy with me. It gave him ideas to be able to talk about 
these things, but now he had to do his morning's studying all alone, 
which he found very hard at first. My depleted strength made it 
also impossible to do much work in the garden, and what I could 
no longer manage fell to Frederick's share, overburdening and over- 
tiring him. It was a miserable time. 
  As I have said, for a long while after Lorenz was taken back to 
favor by the Baroness, he never came to Friedo. Now suddenly 
one day he turned up again. He was alone, and I wondered whether 
he meant to renew the visits of the past. He looked very ill but 
had no complaints to make as before. He told us that he had just 
come from Post Office Bay. There was no reason why he should 
not have come from there, but instantly I knew that he was lying. 
  I do not know what the instinct was that developed in me about 
that time, but I constantly found myself involuntarily making ob- 
servations which supported my unbelief of all these people. So now, 
I glanced at Lorenz, at his shoes, and they were innocent of any 
of the marks which the walk from Post Office Bay to Friedo must 
inevitably have left on them. They were quite clean, and had ob- 
viously not traversed any lava field that day. He wore a ruck- 
sack on his back and this was empty-a further proof that he had 
not been at the Bay, for no one of the Baroness's household ever 
went down there without having something to bring up from 
the Casa. I felt ashamed to be making these covert observations, 
and it embarrassed me further that the young man might have 
noticed something. 
  "The Baroness has no idea I'm here," he said. 
  "And I expect you'd better not let her find out, either," I an-
swered, "or you'll be having trouble!" 
  "That wouldn't matter a damn to me any more," he said, and 
went on talking of more or less general things. But he dropped 
some clear hints now and then that there was a shortage of stores 
at the Refound Paradise, particularly of fresh fruits and vegetables, 

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