By Stanislaw Lem
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Nonetheless, it truly is unusual, given that we by no means invented those equipment, yet relatively they, as a way to converse, invented themselves. nonetheless, they're completely practical and we now have not anything opposed to them. ” “Verily,” exclaimed Crystal, “you are a paleface! That that you say, it’s, as though it made feel, although it doesn’t quite, now not in the slightest degree. for a way can one be a cemetery with no being a cemetery, or software progeny, but no longer application it at all?! convinced, you're certainly a paleface, Myamlak, and accordingly, when you so wish it, I shall couple with you in a closed-circuit matrimonial coupling, and also you shall ascend the throne with me—provided you move one final attempt. ” “And what's that? ” requested Ferrix. “You must... ” begun the princess, yet all of sudden suspicion back entered her center and he or she requested, “Tell me first, what do your brothers do at evening? ” “At evening they lie the following and there, with bent palms and twisted legs, and air is going into them and is derived out of them, elevating within the technique a noise no longer not like the sprucing of a rusty observed. ” “Well then, here's the attempt: supply me your hand! ” commanded the princess. Ferrix gave her his hand, and he or she squeezed it, whereupon he cried out in a noisy voice, simply because the sage had advised him. and she or he requested him why he had cried out. “From the discomfort! ” responded Ferrix. At this element she had not more doubts approximately his palefaceness and rapidly ordered the arrangements for the marriage rite to start. however it so occurred, at that very second, that the spaceship of Cybercount Cyberhazy, the princess’ Elector, lower back from its interstellar excursion to discover a paleface (for the insidious Cybercount sought to bug his approach into her reliable graces). Polyphase, drastically alarmed, ran to Ferrix’s aspect and stated: “Prince, Cyberhazy’s spaceship has simply arrived, and he’s introduced the princess a real paleface—I observed the object with my very own eyes. We needs to go away whereas we nonetheless can, seeing that all additional masquerade becomes very unlikely while the princess sees it and also you jointly: its stickiness is stickier, its ickiness is ickier! Our subterfuge might be found and we beheaded! ” Ferrix, despite the fact that, couldn't conform to ignominious flight, for his ardour for the princess used to be nice, and he acknowledged: “Better to die, than lose her! ” in the meantime Cyberhazy, having realized of the marriage arrangements, sneaked underneath the window of the room the place they have been staying and overheard every thing; then he rushed again to the palace, effervescent over with villainous pleasure, and introduced to Crystal: “You were deceived, Your Highness, for the so-called Myamlak is absolutely a regular mortal and no paleface. this is the true paleface! ” And he pointed to the article that have been ushered in. the item accelerated its furry breast, batted its watery eyes and stated: “Me paleface! ” The princess summoned Ferrix immediately, and while he stood earlier than her along that factor, the sage’s ruse grew to become solely seen. Ferrix, even though he used to be smeared with dust, airborne dirt and dust and chalk, anointed with oil and aqueously gurgling, may possibly infrequently cover his electroknightly stature, his excellent posture, the breadth of these metal shoulders, that thunderous stride.