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“ I would prefer not to “

 

I politely said as I began a letter to the silent insects who were devouring that terrible book.

The soup that had been given to me soon cooled and a film appeared on its surface within an hour.

It was during these minutes that I invited the remaining insects to set up home.

All creatures deserve shelter I reasoned
as I completed my task.

 

 

 

 

 

Title taken from Bartleby The Scrivener by Herman Melville