"My heart was cold as a frog and my knees like water, but the burning in my mind would not let me have peace. As I pushed the raft from the shore, I began my deathsong—I had the right. It was a fine song.""The first room was a small ante-room—I waited there for some time,telling the spirits of the place that I came in peace and not as a robber."
"Father, they were men!"
"Then I saw the dead god.""That is all of my story, for then I knew he was a man—I knew then that they had been men, neither gods nor demons."
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"I had no fear after that—I had no fear going home, though twice I fought off the dogs and once I was hunted for two days by the Forest People.""He touched my lips and my breast, he said, "'You went away a boy. You come back a man and a priest.'"
"It is a great knowledge, hard to tell and believe.""'Father, they were men! I have been in the Place of the Gods and seen it! Now slay me, if it is the law—but still I know they were men.'"
"I told and he listened. After that, I wished to tell all the people but he showed me other wise.""He was right—it is better the truth should come little by little. I have learned that, being a priest."
"And, when I am chief priest we shall go beyond the great river. We shall go to the Place of the Gods—the place New York—not one man but a company.""They were men. I remember the dead man's face. They were men who were here before us. We must build again."