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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 55 pages of information about When We Dead Awaken.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Is that why you are so ready to set off with him—­out into the wilds?

MAIA.

[Curtly.] I don’t know. [Turning towards him.] You are ugly, too, Rubek.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Have you only just discovered it?

MAIA.

No, I have seen it for long.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

[Shrugging his shoulders.] One doesn’t grow younger.  One doesn’t grow younger, Frau Maia.

MAIA.

It’s not that sort of ugliness that I mean at all.  But there has come to be such an expression of fatigue, of utter weariness, in your eyes —­when you deign, once in a while, to cast a glance at me.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Have you noticed that?

MAIA.

[Nods.] Little by little this evil look has come into your eyes.  It seems almost as though you were nursing some dark plot against me.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Indeed? [In a friendly but earnest tone.] Come here and sit beside me, Maia; and let us talk a little.

MAIA.

[Half rising.] Then will you let me sit upon your knee?  As I used to in the early days?

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

No, you mustn’t—­people can see us from the hotel. [Moves a little.] But you can sit here on the bench—­at my side.

MAIA.

No, thank you; in that case I’d rather lie here, where I am.  I can hear you quite well here. [Looks inquiringly at him.] Well, what is it you want to say to me?

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

[Begins slowly.] What do you think was my real reason for agreeing to make this tour?

MAIA.

Well—­I remember you declared, among other things, that it was going to do me such a tremendous lot of good.  But—­but—–­

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

But—–?

MAIA.

But now I don’t believe the least little bit that that was the reason—–­

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Then what is your theory about it now?

MAIA.

I think now that it was on account of that pale lady.

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