Author: Homer Eon Flint
Release Date: May, 2004 [EBook #5699] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on August 12, 2002]
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THE MENTAL EXPEDITION
The doctor closed the door behind him, crossed to the table, silently offered the geologist a cigar, and waited until smoke was issuing from it. Then he said:
“Well,” bluntly, “what’s come between you and your wife, Van?”
The geologist showed no surprise. Instead, he frowned severely at the end of his cigar, and carefully seated himself on the corner of the table. When he spoke there was a certain rigor in his voice, which told the doctor that his friend was holding himself tightly in rein.
“It really began when the four of us got together to investigate Capellette, two months ago.” Van Emmon was a thorough man in important matters. “Maybe I ought to say that both Billie and I were as much interested as either you or Smith; she often says that even the tour of Mercury and Venus was less wonderful.
“What is more, we are both just as eager to continue the investigations. We still have all kinds of faith in the Venusian formula; we want to ‘visit’ as many more worlds as the science of telepathy will permit. It isn’t that either of us has lost interest.”
The doctor rather liked the geologist’s scientific way of stating the case, even though it meant hearing things he already knew. Kinney watched and waited and listened intently.
“You remember, of course, what sort of a man I got in touch with. Powart was easily the greatest Capellan of them all; a magnificent intellect, which I still think was intended to have ruled the rest. I haven’t backed down from my original position.”
“Van! You still believe,” incredulously, “in a government of the sort he contemplated?”
Van Emmon nodded aggressively. “All that we learned merely strengthens my conviction. Remember what sort of people the working classes of Capellette were? Smith’s ‘agent’ was typical—a helpless nincompoop, not fit to govern himself!” The geologist strove to keep his patience.
“However,” remarked Kinney, “the chap whose mind I used was no fool.”