t does not pacify the elder called Ells. “Book from man,” Ells says. “Remember old wise? ‘All evil spring from man.’ First rule. Man is evil. The book from man, book evil, too. Nay woman read book, say I.”
She looks from one to the other of the elders. Some nod in agreement.
“Council speak,” says Ells. “Talk end.”
The chief elder says, “Not till I say. And I say nay.”
Now the other elders look at her.
“We talk about a book!” she says. “We haven’t seen a book since when? Never! Here may be a book!” She indicates the map spread out in front of her. “We have a chance to find a relic of the Before!”
“Why?” Ells demands. “Will a book feed us? Protect us? Do anything for us? Nay. Tribe nay need book.”
“The book may help us,” the chief elder says. “Books have wisdom we forget.”
“Book is evil,” says Ells. “From man. Tribe nay need book, say I.”
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