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Why does the old man not show himself before the door? Why does he not answer? [275] 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, [280] "You might just as well try to boil a stone."

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