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They walked slowly down the street at about ten in the evening, talking calmly. They were both about Thirty-five, both eminently sober. 'but why so early?" said Smith. " Because," said Braling. Your first night out in years and you go home at ten o'clock."
The street door of the apartment opened and the tall spare gentleman with the mustache and the grieved eyes came out to meet them. "hello,Braling," he said. "Hello, Braling," said Braling. They were identical. Smith stared. "Is this your twin brother? I never knew _____". "No, no" said Braling quietly. "Bend close. Put your ear to Braling Two's chest." Smith hesitated and then leaned forward to place his head against the uncomplaining ribs. Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. "Oh no! it can't be!" "It is"
He reached out and touched the warm hands and cheeks of the thing. "Where'd you get him?" "Isn't he excellently fashioned?" "Incredible. Where?" "Give the man your card, Braling Two". Braling Two did a magic trick and produced a white card:
"Well, its the cellar box for you B-two ." Braling guided the other creature's elbow down the stairs to the cellar."That's what i want to talk to you about," Braling Two, as they reached the cellar. I don't like it. I don't like that toolbox." " Ill try to fix up something more comfortable." " Marionettes are made to move, not lie still. How would you like to lie in a box most of the time?.
"But I've wanted that trip all my life," said Braling quietly. He squinted his eyes and could see the sea and the mountains and the yellow sand. The sound of the waves was good to his inward mind. The sun was fine on his bared shoulders. The wine was the most excellent.
"i'll never get to go to Rio..."
Ten minutes later Mrs. Braling awoke. She put her hand to her cheek. Someone had just kissed it. She shivered and looked up. " Why- you haven't done that in years," she murmured. "We'll see what we can do about that," someone said.