By Karel Capek
Written in the course of and correct after international struggle I, this quantity pairs brief tale collections from Karel Capek, one of the best Czech writers. the 1st assortment, “Wayside Crosses,” offers an agonized and unsuccessful look for God and fact. those metaphysical stories aren't approximately discovering God up to they're approximately getting to know man’s boundaries, his terror and helplessness, and realizing the worth of the continued seek. the second one assortment, “Painful Tales,” comprises extra life like tales of characters being compelled to make offerings within which one reliable conflicts with one other.
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The murderer, of course,” the examiner exclaimed, surprised by the question. ” the doctor objected. “Why – why – ” “I’m surprised that the corpse still has his hat on his head; I’m surprised it wasn’t even creased or dirtied. ” “Indeed,” the doctor said with little conviction. The examiner glared at the doctor and moved his lips as if about to burst out with something in reply. ” “Cover him up,” the doctor growled. Suddenly he looked at his hand with disgust. ” “Wait,” said the examiner. “Let’s suppose he resisted – you know, a struggle on the edge of the cliff – but in vain.
Nothing will obliterate – The dearest of faces appeared before my eyes, in a casket, eyes closed in sleep, hands crossed, and on its features an expression as if blessing me. Amidst the hours and flowers, those features slumbered with such dignity, they seemed holy. Ah, the more humane the man, the more likely to be dead, more likely than the celebrated man! There is nothing more terrible than death, which sanctifies neither the dead nor the living. Death, with its grimace of motion, moment, chance.
Everything past is only a hint; everything remains incomplete, a suggestion, like a beginning or a vague notion … Return! Perhaps everyone feels this way at some point and would like to go back, as if going home again – return! Ah, but it isn’t a turning back to one’s beginnings, to one’s first steps – it is a return to endings, to closure and completion of oneself, to the final steps … It’s impossible to turn back! ” Kví…ala stood up. ” Matys smiled. “Sorry, it’s been a week since I’ve talked to anyone.
Cross Roads by Karel Capek