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An obese grey rat toddled along the side of the crypt, moving the pebbles.
An old stager : greatgrandfather : he knows the ropes. The grey alive crushed
itself in under the plinth, wriggled itself in under it. Good hidingplace for
Who lives there? Are laid the remains of Robert Emery. Robert Emmet
was buried here by torchlight, wasn’t he? Making his rounds.
Tail gone now.
One of those chaps would make short work of a fellow. Pick the bones
clean no matter who it was. Ordinary meat for them. A corpse is meat gone
bad. Well and what’s cheese? Corpse of milk. I read in that Voyages in China
that the Chinese say a white man smells like a corpse. Cremation better. Priests
dead against it. Devilling for the other firm. Wholesale burners and Dutch oven
dealers. Time of the plague. Quicklime fever pits to eat them. Lethal chamber.
Ashes to ashes. Or bury at sea. Where is that Parsee tower of silence? Eaten by
birds. Earth, fire, water. Drowning they say is the pleasantest. See your whole
life in a flash. But being brought back to life no. Can’t bury in the air however.
Out of a flying machine. Wonder does the news go about whenever a fresh
one is let down. Underground communication. We learned that from them.
Wouldn’t be surprised. Regular square feed for them. Flies come before he’s
well dead. Got wind of Dignam. They wouldn’t care about the smell of it.
Saltwhite crumbling mush of corpse : smell, taste like raw white turnips.
The gates glimmered in front : still open. Back to the world again. Enough
of this place. Brings you a bit nearer every time. Last time I was here was
Mrs Sinico’s funeral. Poor papa too. The love that kills. And even scraping up
the earth at night with a lantern like that case I read of to get at fresh buried
females or even putrefied with running gravesores. Give you the creeps after a
bit. I will appear to you after death. You will see my ghost after death. My
ghost will haunt you after death. There is another world after death named
hell. I do not like that other world she wrote. No more do I. Plenty to see and
hear and feel yet. Feel live warm beings near you. Let them sleep in their
maggoty beds. They are not going to get me this innings. Warm beds : warm
Martin Cunningham emerged from a sidepath, talking gravely.
Solicitor, I think. I know his face. Menton. John Henry, solicitor,
commissioner for oaths and affidavits. Dignam used to be In his office. Mat
Dillon’s long ago. Jolly Mat convivial evenings. Cold fowl, cigars, the Tantalus
glasses. Heart of gold really. Yes, Menton. Got his rag out that evening on