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【VRIDR-003】ザ夜這い

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-18 21:52:36
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【VRIDR-003】ザ夜這い �


Jeffwasperfectlysatisfied.Hethoughttheywerequiteright.Healwaysdid.IneversawanalienbecomenaturalizedmorequicklythanthatmaninHerland.

Theywerewellpostedastothedifferentraces,beginningwiththeirpoison-arrownativesdownbelowandwideningouttothebroadracialdivisionswehadtoldthemabout.Neverashockedexpressionofthefaceorexclamationofrevolthadwarnedus;theyhadbeenextractingtheevidencewithoutourknowingitallthistime,andnowwerestudyingwiththemostdevoutearnestnessthemattertheyhadprepared.

AfterIgotoverthejartomypride(whichJeff,Itrulythink,neverfelt--hewasabornworshipper,andwhichTerrynevergotover--hewasquiteclearinhisideasof"thepositionofwomen"),Ifoundthatloving"up"wasaverygoodsensationafterall.Itgavemeaqueerfeeling,waydowndeep,asofthestirringofsomeancientdimprehistoricconsciousness,afeelingthattheywererightsomehow--thatthiswasthewaytofeel.Itwaslike--cominghometomother.Idon'tmeantheunderflannels-and-doughnutsmother,thefussypersonthatwaitsonyouandspoilsyouanddoesn'treallyknowyou.Imeanthefeelingthataverylittlechildwouldhave,whohadbeenlost--foreversolong.Itwasasenseofgettinghome;ofbeingcleanandrested;ofsafetyandyetfreedom;oflovethatwasalwaysthere,warmlikesunshineinMay,nothotlikeastoveorafeatherbed--alovethatdidn'tirritateanddidn'tsmother.

ButEllador,forallherwideintellectualgrasp,andthebroadsympathyinwhichtheirreligiontrainedthem,couldnotmakeallowanceforsuch--toher--sacrilegiousbrutality.

"Sowehavethistoaskofyougentlemen[theyknewthatwordwasheldatitleofhonorwithus],thatyoupromisenotinanywaytobetraythelocationofthiscountryuntilpermission--afterEllador'sreturn."

Well--wehadtogettheflyerinorder,andbesuretherewasenoughfuelleft,thoughTerrysaidwecouldglideallright,downtothatlake,oncewegotstarted.We'dhavegonegladlyinaweek'stime,ofcourse,buttherewasagreatto-doalloverthecountryaboutEllador'sleavingthem.Shehadinterviewswithsomeoftheleadingethicists--wisewomenwithstilleyes,andwiththebestoftheteachers.Therewasastir,athrill,adeepexcitementeverywhere.

Weplannedgreatlyaboutcomingback,aboutestablishingaconnectingroutebywater;aboutpenetratingthosevastforestsandcivilizing--orexterminating--thedangeroussavages.Thatis,wementalkedofthatlast--notwiththewomen.Theyhadadefiniteaversiontokillingthings.

Shewaskeenforcoming.Sotheplanswenton.She'dhavelikedtowaitforthatMarvelofCelis's,butTerryhadnosuchdesire.Hewascrazytobeoutofitall.Itmadehimsick,hesaid,SICK;thiseverlastingmother-mother-mothering.Idon'tthinkTerryhadwhatthephrenologistscall"thelumpofphiloprogenitiveness"atallwelldeveloped.

Theyhadnofaintestapproachtosuchathingintheirminds,knowingnothingofthecustomofmaritalindulgenceamongus.Tothemtheonehighpurposeofmotherhoodhadbeenforsolongthegoverninglawoflife,andthecontributionofthefather,thoughknowntothem,sodistinctlyanothermethodtothesameend,thattheycouldnot,withalltheireffort,getthepointofviewofthemalecreaturewhosedesiresquiteignoreparentageandseekonlyforwhatweeuphoniouslyterm"thejoysoflove."


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