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By Graham Greene

Querry, a world-famous architect, is the sufferer of a bad assault of indifference: he not unearths which means in artwork or excitement in lifestyles. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he's clinically determined because the psychological similar of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has passed through a degree of mutilation. besides the fact that, as Querry loses himself in paintings for the lepers his illness of brain slowly techniques a treatment. Then the white neighborhood unearths out who Querry is...

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Now she added to her collection the old copy of Time. Querry's face covered M. Lejeune's History: it lay, a discord, among the relics of childhood. She remembered Mme. " She locked the drawer and hid the key--it was unsafe to delay any further. Then she walked along the verandah to their room, where Rycker was stretched naked inside the mosquito tent of the double-bed under the wooden body on the cross. He looked like a drowned man fished up in a net--hair lay like seaweed on his belly and legs; but at her entrance he came immediately to life, lifting the side of the tent.

He worships a false God, but once when a piccin was ill and his father and mother were in the hospital he took no money; he gave bad medicine but he took no money: he made a big God palaver with Nzambe for the piccin but took no money. I tell you then he was a Klistian, a better Klistian than the man who broke Henry Okapa's bicycle. He not believe in Yezu, but he a Klistian. I am not a thief, who steal away his charity to give to Yezu. I give back to Yezu only what Yezu made. Yezu made love, he made mercy.

Rycker said. " "Something of the sort happened. " "M. " "My husband thinks a lot of him. There are so few people my husband can talk to. " "We are very grateful for the two drums of oil. " He turned the photograph of the bidet a little further towards Mme. Rycker. " "The trouble is, Mme. " She said imploringly, "I only want to be able to tell my husband that I've asked him," but her small toneless voice contained no obvious appeal and the Superior was looking elsewhere, at a feature of the foot-bath which he did not fully understand.

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