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Why does the old man not show himself before the door? Why does he not answer?  Has he lost his shoes? has he stubbed his toe in the dark and thus got a swollen ankle? Perhaps he has a tumour in his groin. He was the hardest of us all; he alone never allowed himself to be moved. If anyone tried to move him, he would lower his head, saying,  "You might just as well try to boil a stone."