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common sense. Common sense is all well and good . . . But

all it really is, is what you say when you don’t know what

else to say.

It’s too bad you didn’t know him, you could’ve warned her.

You didn’t know him? Though she wouldn’t have believed

you anyway, of that I’m sure. No one can ever be drawn

away from love. And if you ask me, they shouldn’t be.

When someone’s drawn away you never know where they’ll

end up.

I thought the Priest might not agree. But they made him. Is

it so hard to force a man to go against himself? We go

against ourselves all the time just to avoid trouble. They

forced him to do it by saying they’d put the word out. I told

you he kept away from girls. No, that no one knew. There

has to be something you don’t know even when you know

everything. He’d quit seminary, that much was known. He

kept a surplice and stole and a Bible in a suitcase, that

much was known. Before he started his lunch in the

cafeteria he would cross himself, he prayed every evening

before he went to bed, he never missed Sunday Mass, so

everyone thought he still kept up his calling. Even I didn’t

know, and we’d often had long conversations together

when I climbed to where he was working up aloft. How did

the other man know? I couldn’t say. I don’t want to make

accusations without any proof. In any case, if word had

gotten around, his life on the site would have been

miserable. It wouldn’t have made any difference that he was