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Pienso, pienso mucho. Y eso no es bueno. Pensando, uno puede llegar a saber muchas cosas, sin necesidad de salir de una pieza. Y aún así, si uno se conformara con saber… Pero uno quiere transmitir, hablar con los demás… Edité un folleto. Mejor dicho, dos folletos. Nadie llegó a leerlos; fueron comprados por la Organización y destruidos. Sin saberlo, en el primero la atacaba indirectamente o, mejor dicho, hacía sospechar su existencia. Fue en el segundo (escrito con mayor espíritu científico, después de largas investigaciones) donde hablé de ellos directamente; y ahí comenzó la persecución.

De todos modos -agrego-, si yo quisiera salir, encontraría la manera de hacerlo. — Es posible -responde el viejo-. Y le voy a decir más: quizá salga esta misma noche. Usted tiene razón. No se puede pasar la vida en este agujero, como ratas, soportando las blasfemias… Usted no se imagina lo que es esto. — No -respondo-; esperaba que usted me lo explicara. — Esto… -dice, solemnemente, como adelantando un secreto o una explicación importante- esto es un monasterio. Todos nosotros somos monjes. ¡Monjes!

Bien, bien -dijo, satisfecho-. Se llama Angeline; ahora es tuya. Vendrá esta noche, o mañana, apenas pueda localizarla. Pregunté la ubicación de mi pieza. — Arriba -dijo-, segundo piso por la escalera -pero tenía deseos de seguir hablando-. Ahora es un poco más difícil localizarlas, han pasado tantos años. Antes, todo era más sencillo. París se ha vuelto en exceso burocrático -agregó- y, mientras uno duerme, las cosas siguen su curso, y uno se vuelve viejo. — Sí, sí -dije, pensando en mi viaje y en los años sin dormir-.

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