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O nce again, from one second to the next, everything hung in the balance. H e would finally have to start thinking about him self. But how w ould he go about it? H e was born into . . My father was . . M y m other had . . Even as a child I som etim es felt . . W as that the only way of thinking about oneself? — and picking up his fountain pen, he began to draw up his will, w riting every w ord, even the fig ures, in fu ll, so as to prolong the act of w riting, w hich m ade him feel safe, as m uch as possible.
T he grass stood erect and trem bled. Behind the trees, on the Cham ps-Elysees, an unbroken p ro cession o f cars passed; now and then the sound of a horn, or a rattling and roaring when a m otorcycle overtook a car. H e had thought him self away, yet he was present. T hen he had an experience— and while still taking it in, he hoped he would never forget it. In the sand at his feet he saw three things: a chestnut leaf; a piece of a pocket m irror; a 52 A Moment of True Feeling child’s barrette.
H ow hum an they all seem ed in com parison w ith him . T he wind upset a no-parking p’o st, and again he began to see signs of death. — The next thing he saw, through a slit in the p ark wall, was a row of em pty, over turn ed sentry boxes on a gravel path. A gain he retraced his steps, this tim e to exam ine the sentry boxes in every detail— the sight slits on both sides, the little rad ia to r on the rear w all— and tu rn them back into m an-m ade objects. H e even counted the ribs of the radiators: six— that couldn't m ean anything, could it?
An Anthology of Chance Operations... by La Monte Young