LG Update: Birds of America (was Re: Alexis Bledel update)

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LG Update: Birds of America (was Re: Alexis Bledel update)

Post by Rob Jense » Thu, 27 Dec 2007 09:03:47



tormented, skull-like face was
as  vivid in his  mind as though it had been straight in front of his eyes.
Suddenly  he realized what was the matter. The man was dying of starvation.
The  same thought  seemed to occur almost simultaneously to everyone in the
cell. There was a very faint stirring all the way round the bench. The eyes
of the chinless man kept flitting towards the skull-faced man, then turning
guiltily  away, then  being  dragged back  by  an irresistible  attraction.
Presently  he  began to  fidget on his  seat. At last  he stood up, waddled
clumsily  across  the cell, dug down  into the pocket of his overalls, and,
with  an  abashed air, held  out a grimy piece  of bread to the skull-faced
man.
     There  was a furious, deafening roar from the telescreen. The chinless
man  jumped in his tracks. The skull-faced man had quickly thrust his hands
behind  his back,  as though demonstrating to all the world that he refused
the gift.
     'Bumstead!' roared the voice. '2713 Bumstead J! Let fall that piece of
bread!'
     The chinless man dropped the piece of bread on the floor.
     'Remain  standing where you are,' said the voice. 'Face the door. Make
no movement.'
     The  chinless  man obeyed.  His  large  pouchy cheeks  were  quivering
uncontrollably.  The  door clanged  open. As the  young officer entered and
stepped  aside,  there emerged  from behind  him a  short stumpy guard with
enormous  arms and  shoulders. He took his stand opposite the chinless man,
and then, at a signal from the officer, let free a frightful blow, with all
the  weight  of