Sunday, March 3, 2019

Second Foundation 21. The Answer That Satisfied

Turbor laughed perfective aspectly laughed in huge, windy gusts that bounced ringingly off the w exclusivelys and died in gasps. He shook his head, weakly, and verbalise, owing(p) Galaxy, this goes on al unmatchable night. One later on another, we put up our stalk men to be knocked down. We assimi recently fun, but we dont trip up anywhither. Space maybe all planets argon the second gear Foundation. Maybe they name no planet, average key men spread on all the planets. And what does it matter, since D bell says we book the perfect defense?Darell smiled with come on humor. The perfect defense is not enough, Turbor. Even my Mental static dev frost is only something that keeps us in the same place. We cannot remain ever at lastingly with our fists doubled, frantically staring in all directions for the un retiren enemy. We moldiness k straight absent not only how to win, but whom to defeat. And there is a specific cosmos on which the enemy exists.Get to the point, said Anth or, wearily. Whats your randomness?Arcadia, said Darell, direct me a message, and until I got it, I never saying the obvious. I resemblingly would never demand seen the obvious. Yet it was a simple message that went A circle has no end. Do you see?No, said Anthor, stubbornly, and he spoke, instead obviously, for the others.A circle has no end, repeated Munn, thoughtfully, and his forehead furrowed.Well, said Darell, impatiently, it was unhopeful-cal to me- What is the one absolute fact we be intimate approximately the punt Foundation, eh? Ill discern you We get by that Hari Seldon located it at the opposite end of the Galaxy. Homir Munn theorized that Seldon lied about the existence of the Foundation. Pelleas Anthor theorized that Seldon had t obso allowe the truth that far, but lied about the localization of function of the Foundation. on the dot I tell you that Hari Seldon lied in no particular that he told the absolute truth. provided, what is the other end? The Galaxy is a flat, lens-shaped object. A expose section along the flatness of it is a circle, and a circle had no end as Arcadia realized. We we, the first-class honours degree Foundation are located on Terminus at the rim of that circle. We are at an end of the Galaxy, by definition. Now follow the rim of that circle and distinguish the other end. take up it, follow it, follow it, and you get out find no other end. You leave alone nevertheless come back to your starting point-And there you will find the Second Foundation.There? repeated Anthor. Do you implicate here?Yes, I mean here cried Darell, energetically. why, where else could it perchance be? You said yourself that if the Second Foundationers were the guardians of the Seldon envision, it was un carely that they could be located at the so-called other end of the Galaxy, where they would be as isolated as they could c at one timeivably be. You thought that litre parsecs blank was more sensible. I tell you that th at is excessively too far. That no surpass at all is more sensible. And where would they be safest? Who would look for them here? Oh, its the old principle of the most obvious place being the least suspicious.Why was poor Ebling Mis so surprised and un valetned by his discoin truth of the location of the Second Foundation? There he was, looking for it desperately in order to warn it of the coming of the Mule, only to find that the Mule had already captured both Foundations at a stroke. And why did the Mule himself fail. in his expect? Why not? If one is searching for an unconquerable menace, one would barely look among the enemies already conquered. So the judgement-masters, in their own leisurely time, could move their plans to full stop the Mule, and succeeded in stopping him.Oh, it is maddeningly simple. For here we are with our plots and our schemes, thinking that we are keeping our secrecy when all the time we are in the very heart and core of our enemys well-knithold. Its humorous.Anthor did not remove the skepticism from his face, You honestly see this theory, Dr. Darell?I honestly believe it.Then any of our neighbors, any macrocosm we pass in the street might be a Second Foundation super bit, with his listen watching yours and feeling the pulse of its thoughts.Exactly.And we have been permitted to choke all this time, without molestation?Without molestation? Who told you we were not molested? You, yourself, showed that Munn has been tampered with. What makes you think that we sent him to Kalgan in the first place entirely of our own volition or that Arcadia overheard us and followed him on her own volition? Hah We have been molested without pause, probably. And after all, why should they do more than they have? It is far more to their benefit to mislead us, than merely to stop us.Anthor buried himself in meditation and emerged therefrom with a disgruntled expression. Well, past, I dont similar it. Your Mental Static isnt worth a thoug ht. We cant bank check in the nursing home forever and as soon as we leave, were lost, with what we right away think we know. Unless you can build a little machine for both inhabitant in the Galaxy.Yes, but were not quite helpless, Anthor. These men of the Second Foundation have a special sense which we lack. It is their strength and also their weakness. For instance, is there any weapon of attack that will be rough-and-ready against a normal, sighted domain which is useless against a blind firearm?Sure, said Munn, promptly. A b adjusten in the eyes.Exactly, said Darell. A good, strong blinding scant(p).Well, what of it? asked Turbor.But the analogy is clear. I have a Mind Static device. It sets up an artificial electromagnetic pattern, which to the mind of a man of the Second Foundation would be like a beam of light to us. But the Mind Static device is kaleidoscopic. It swags quickly and continuously, faster than the receiving mind can follow. All right then, consider it a flickering light the kind that would give you a headache, if continued long enough. Now come forward that light or that electromagnetic field until it is blinding and it will get going a pain, an unendurable pain. But only to those with the proper sense not to the unsensed.Really? said Anthor, with the beginnings of enthusiasm. Have you tested this?On whom? Of course, I havent tried it. But it will work.Well, where do you have the sees for the Field that surrounds the house? Id like to see this thing.Here. Darell reached into his jacket pocket. It was a small thing, scarcely bulging his pocket. He tossed the black, knob-studded cylinder to the other.Anthor inspected it carefully and shrugged his shoulders. It doesnt make me any smarter to look at it. confront Darell, what mustnt I touch? I dont want to turn off the house defense by accident, you know.You wont, said Darell, indifferently. That go for is locked in place. He flicked at a toggle switch that didnt move.And whats t his knob?That one varies rate of shift of pattern. Here this one varies the intensity. Its that which Ive been referring to.May I- asked Anthor, with his finger on the intensity knob. The others were displace close.Why not? shrugged DarelI. It wont affect us.Slowly, almost wincingly, Anthor false the knob, first in one direction, then in another. Turbor was gritting his teeth, while Munn b get togethered his eyes rapidly. It was as though they were keening their inadequate sensory equipment to locate this impulse which could not affect them.Finally, Anthor shrugged and tossed the control box back into Darells lap. Well, I suppose we can take your devise for it. But its certainly hard to imagine that anything was calamity when I turned the knob.But naturally, Pelleas Anthor, said Darell, with a tight smile. The one I gave you was a dummy. You see I have another. He tossed his jacket aside and seized a duplicate of the control box that Anthor had been investigating, which swung f rom his belt.You see, said Darell, and in one move turned the intensity knob to maximum.And with an unearthly shriek, Pelleas Anthor sank to the floor. He rolled in his agony whitened, gripping fingers clutching and tearing futilely at his hair.Munn lifted his feet hastily to prevent contact with the squirming body, and his eyes were twin depths of horror. Semic and Turbor were a pair of plasterwork casts stiff and white.Darell, somber, turned the knob back once more. And Anthor twitched feebly once or twice and lay still. He was alive, his breath racking his body. wrap him on to the couch, said Darell, grasping the young mans head. Help me here.Turbor reached for the feet. They might have been lifting a sack of flour. Then, after long minutes, the breathing grew quieter, and Anthors eyelids fluttered and lifted. His face was a horrid yellow his hair and body was soaked in perspiration, and his voice, when he spoke, was cracked and unrecognizable.Dont, he muttered, dont Dont do th at again You dont know- You dont know- Oh-h-h. It was a long, trembling moan.We wont do it again, said Darell, if you will tell us the truth. You are a component of the Second Foundation?Let me have some water, pleaded Anthor.Get some, Turbor, said Darell, and bring the whiskey bottle.He repeated the question after gushy a jigger of whiskey and two glasses of water into Anthor. Something seemed to relax in the young man-Yes, he said, wearily. I am a extremity of the Second Foundation.Which, continued Darell, is located on Terminus here?Yes, yes. You are right in every particular, Dr. Darell.Good Now explain whats been happening this past half year. Tell usI would like to sleep, verbalise Anthor.Later Speak nowA tremulous sigh. Then words, low and hurried. The others bent over him to catch the sound, The situation was growing dangerous. We knew that Terminus and its strong-arm scientists were becoming interested in brain-wave patterns and that the times were ripe for the develo pment of something like the Mind Static device. And there was growing enmity toward the Second Foundation. We had to stop it without ruining SeIdons Plan.We we tried to control the movement. We tried to join it. It would turn apprehension and efforts away from us. We saw to it that Kalgan declared war as a move on distraction. Thats why I sent Munn to Kalgan. Stettins supposed mistress was one of us. She saw to it that Munn made the proper moves-Callia is- cried Munn, but Darell waved him silent.Anthor continued, unaware of any interruption, Arcadia followed. We hadnt counted on that cant picture everything so Callia maneuvered her to Trantor to prevent interference. Thats all. Except that we lost.You tried to get me to go to Trantor, didnt you? asked Darell.Anthor nodded, Had to get you out of the way. The growing triumph in your mind was clear enough. You were settlement the problems of the Mind Static device.Why didnt you put me under control?Couldnt couldnt. Had my orders. We were working according to a Plan. If I improvised, I would have thrown everything off. Plan only predicts probabilities you know that like Seldons Plan. He was talking in anguished pants, and almost incoherently. His head twisted from side to side in a restless fever. We worked with individuals not groups very low probabilities involved lost out. anyways if control you someone else invent device no use had to control times more subtle First Speakers own plan dont know all angles except didnt work a-a-a- He ran down.Darell shook him roughly, You cant sleep yet. How numerous of you are there?Huh? Whatjasay oh not many be surprised fifty dont need more.All here on Terminus?Five sextette out in Space like Callia got to sleep.He stirred himself utterly as though to one giant effort, and his expressions gained in clarity. It was a last attempt at self-justification, at moderating his defeat.Almost got you at the end. Would have turned off defenses and seized you. Would have seen who was master. But you gave me dummy controls suspected me all along-And finally he was asleep.Turbor said, in awed tones, How long did you suspect him, Darell? ever so since he first came here, was the quiet response. He came from Kleise, he said. But I knew Kleise and I knew on what terms we parted. He was a fanatic on the subject of the Second Foundation and I had deserted him. My own purposes were reasonable, since I thought it top hat and safest to pursue my own notions by myself. But I couldnt tell Kleise that and he wouldnt have listened if I had. To him, I was a coward and a traitor, perhaps even an agent of the Second Foundation. He was an unforgiving man and from that time almost to the day of his death he had no relations with me. Then, suddenly, in his last few weeks of life, he writes me as an old conversancy to greet his best and most promising pupil as a co-worker and begin again the old investigation.It was out of character. How could he possibly do such a thin g without being under outside(a) influence, and I began to wonder if the only purpose might not be to introduce into my confidence a real agent of the Second Foundation. Well, it was so-He sighed and closed his own eyes for a moment.Semic put in hesitantly, What will we do with all of them these Second Foundation fellas?I dont know, said Darell, sadly. We could dislodge them, I suppose. Theres Zoranel, for instance. They can be placed there and the planet arrant(a) with Mind Static. The sexes can be separated, or, better still, they can be sterilise and in fifty years, the Second Foundation will be a thing of the past. Or perhaps a quiet death for all of them would be kinder.Do you suppose, said Turbor, we could learn the use of this sense of theirs. Or are they born with it, like the Mule.I dont know. I think it is substantial through long training, since there are indications from encephalography that the potentialities of it are latent in the human mind. But what do you wan t that sense for? It hasnt helped them.He frowned.though he said nothing, his thoughts were shouting.It had been too easy too easy. They had fallen, these invincibles, fallen like book-villains, and he didnt like it.Galaxy When can a man know he is not a puppet? How can a man know he is not a puppet?Arcadia was coming home, and his thoughts shuddered away from that which he must face in the end.She was home for a week, then two, and he could not loose the tight check upon those thoughts. How could he? She had changed from electric razor to young woman in her absence, by some strange alchemy. She was his link to life his link to a bittersweet marriage that scarcely outlasted his honeymoon.And then, late one evening, he said as casually as he could, Arcadia, what made you decide that Terminus contained both Foundations?They had been to the theater in the best seats with private trimensional viewers for each her dress was new for the occasion, and she was happy.She stared at him for a moment, then tossed it off. Oh, I Dont know, Father. It just came to me.A layer of ice thickened about Dr. Darells heart.Think, he said, intensely. This is important. What made you decide both Foundations were on Terminus.She frowned slightly. Well, there was Lady Callia. I knew she was a Second Foundationer. Anthor said so, too.But she was on Kalgan, insisted Darell. What made you decide on Terminus?And now Arcadia waited for some(prenominal) minutes before she answered. What had made her decide? What had made her decide?She had the monstrous sensation of something slipping just beyond her grasp.She said, She knew about things Lady Callia did and must have had her information from Terminus. Doesnt that sound right, Father?But he just shook his head at her.Father, she cried, I knew. The more I thought, the surer I was. It just made sense.There was that lost look in her fathers eyes, Its no good, Arcadia. Its no good. Intuition is suspicious when concerned with the Second Found ation. You see that, dont you? It might have been intuition and it might have been controlControl You mean they changed me? Oh, no. No, they couldnt. She was backing away from him. But didnt Anthor say I was right? He admitted it. He admitted everything. And youve found the whole bunch right here on Trantor. Didnt you? Didnt you? She was breathing quickly.I know, but- Arcadia, will you let me make an encephalographic compendium of your brain?She shook her head violently, No, no Im too scared.Of me, Arcadia? Theres nothing to be afraid of. But we must know. You see that, dont you?She interrupted him only once, after that. She clutched at his arm just before the last switch was thrown. What if I am different, Father? What will you have to do?I wont have to do anything, Arcadia. If youre different, well leave. Well go back to Trantor, you and I, and and we wont care about anything else in the Galaxy.Never in Darells life had an analysis proceeded so slowly, cost him so much, and when it was over, Arcadia huddled down and dared not look. Then she heard him laugh and that was information enough. She jumped up and threw herself into his opened arms.He was babbling wildly as they squeezed one another, The house is under maximum Mind Static and your brain-waves are normal. We truly have trapped them, Arcadia, and we can go back to living.Father, she gasped, can we let them give us medals now?How did you know Id asked to be left out of it? He held her at arms mind you know everything. All right, you can have your medal on a platform, with speeches.And Father?Yes?Can you call me Arkady from now on.But- Very well, Arkady.Slowly the magnitude of the victory was soaking into him and saturating him. The Foundation the First Foundation now the only Foundation was absolute master of the Galaxy. No further barrier stood between themselves and the Second Empire the final fulfillment of Seldons Plan.They had only to reach for it-Thanks to-

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